Pain Management

Acupuncture and Pain Management

Acupuncture-for-relieving-painPain is your body’s reaction to trauma, including physical injury, overuse, stress or even emotional upset. It is the number one reason that people come for treatment because Chinese medicine gives fast and lasting relief without surgery or medication. The sensation may be sharp or dull, steady or intermittent, localised –such as in back pain – or all over (such as in muscle aches from the flu)

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) assesses the symptoms to find the cause. For example, whether the pain is worse in cold, wet or windy weather; worse after activity or rest, whether recent or long term. When I know this, it indicates the best way to deal with the situation.

Generally needles are inserted in the local area and also at a distal point on the same limb or area of the body. Sometimes a warming technique called ‘moxibustion’ – where a cylinder of compressed herbs is ignited and held over the site -is used for cold affected pain. A gentle electric current may also be used to strengthen the effect of the needles.

Pain can be a result of stagnation, which means that your energy is not flowing correctly (a pinched nerve).Thus some areas are flooded with excess energy creating painful pressure, while other areas may be deprived of energy, causing weakness. Acupuncture removes the obstruction so that the energy can begin flowing correctly and then the pain goes away.

I firstly treat the painful area to give quick symptom relief, through some acupuncture then massage to treat the underlying imbalances that led to the pain, and finally provide lifestyle advice, to prevent reoccurrence. What I mean here is, it’s sometimes okay to stretch, other times you may need to stop your beloved golf or gym work until the treatments have begun to work.

If you suffer from pain, book in soon to prevent it.

Do your joints and back ache more in winter?

bad-backRelieve back pain and stiff joints with acupuncture and herbs.

In Sydney, we don’t have such a cold winter compared to Europe. I remember how I felt when I spent a whole season in Vienna – apart from a desire to eat a delicious calorie-laden torte or strudel fairly regularly! Because it was SO COLD, as in minus 5 to minus 20 degrees, I developed a tendency to draw my shoulders up and hunch my upper back. This soon caused my back and other parts of my body to stiffen up.

It has now been accepted and scientific studies have shown that acupuncture needles relieve back pain, as they stimulate qi and blood to flow more strongly to the areas of the body that need it. Another wonderful tool besides needles is ‘moxa’, a stick of tightly compressed herb, which is ignited and held over certain points to warm them and enhance the action of the needle.

Or try a combination of old and new with the newly arrived heat lamp, especially designed to warm any part of the body that needs it, as an adjunct to an acupuncture Chinese herbs are categorised in several ways, one of them being whether they are cool, cold, warm or hot. Formulas are carefully composed to address the regulation of the body’s thermostat, to direct the action of the herbs to the correct area and to regulate the flow of qi and blood.

So don’t despair that when winter is here you can’t seem to stay warm – come and try a lovely relaxing acupuncture and heat lamp treatment. Clare is offering to all new clients a discount on the first visit – $95 instead $120.