Acupuncture and Remedial Massage Therapy in Melbourne CBD

Research review into lower back pain

“A new study published in the journal Pain Medicine, finds that massage may provide lasting relief for clients with chronic lower back pain.
The common research design involved treatment with standardised massage sessions…In this new research, therapists were free to design massage programs according to the patients.
The researchers recruited 104 people with persistent back pain who were referred by their doctors to licenced massage therapists. Modalities used by therapists varied ….eg. active isolated stretching, myofacial techniques, trigger point therapy, reflexology, acupressure etc….
Treatment was 10sessions over 12weeks.
After 12 weeks, more than half the patients reported improved outcomes in terms of pain reduction, and a meaningful physical and mental improvement. In addition the improvement still lasted after 24weeks. Several people improved so much that their scores on a standard screening test dropped below the threshold for disability.
While improvement was observed across the board, there were few demographic trends. Adults older than age 49 years had better pain and disability outcomes than younger adults. People with obesity tended to improve, but those gains didn’t last. People taking opioids were two times less likely to experience meaningful changes, compared to those not taking them.
The study has limitation as it doesn’t have a control. However as noted by Prof.Aaron E.Carroll from Indiana University School of Medicine; given the natural course of back pain… the ideal approach is to treat the symptoms and let the body heal. ”
Extract from an article published in Massage & Myotherapy Journal, Vol 15, issue 3

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Acupuncture points used in Tapping therapy

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Recently we have received an enquiry about the use of electroacupuncture, and whether it is applied in our clinic. Yes, patients can receive electroacupuncture treatments in our clinic.

Electroacupuncture, is a combination of traditional acupuncture and modern electronic technology. It is a therapeutic method performed by applying electric current from the electroacupuncture machine through the acupuncture needles to the acupoints. In our clinic we use “Meyer model 501” manufactured in Australia. Advantages of electroacupuncture: electroacupuncture may produce better therapeutic results in some diseases, because the electric current can produce many other physiological and therapeutic effects besides the effects produced by acupuncture alone. The electroacupuncture can give a stimulation over a longer period of time with an electric wave of uniform or varied pattern and a constant or fluctuated intensity, the stimulating intensity can be adjusted at any time.

Biophysical basis of function of electroacupuncture; from the viewpoint of physics, the human body is a complicated conductor with different conductivity in different tissues of the body. For example the conductivity of fatty, bony and nervous tissues is lower than that of the muscle with plentiful blood supply. In addition, the conductivity of different parts of the body at different depth of tissues is also varied….In general, the electric conductivity of the muscle tissue is higher. The deep insertion of a needle may produce stronger needling sensation like soreness, numbness, distension and heaviness and stimulating intensity at the acupoints is higher and the therapeutic effect of electroacupuncture at the acupoints is better, because there are many free nerve endings and capillary vessels distributed beneath the acupoints.

Clinical application of electroacupuncture in practice; the following is a list of  some common diseases treated with electroacupuncture:

Facial paralysis, Trigeminal neuralgia, sequelae of Stroke, chronic gastritis, ptosis of stomach, GI neurosis, postoperative abdominal distention, postoperative retention of urine, chronic lumbago, stiff neck, labour induction, prolonged labour, postpartum retention of urine etc.




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Sickness Certificates

Recently our clinic received an enquiriy about whether they can obtain a sickness certificate?
The answer to this question is – Yes. The Sickness certificate can be issued at the time of the consultation as this practise is run by an accredited AHPRA member of Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

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What does Acupuncture really treat?

Acupuncture can help you with lower back pain; backaches are one of the major causes of human suffering and pain. Back pain can be caused by physical or emotional trauma, structural changes or female disorders…..
Then there are sports injuries; Acupuncture can fast track your recovery time and gets to the point of the problem quicker by using natural performance enhancing ability.
Stress; acupuncture is very effective in treating stress related problems. Your acupuncture treatment will release endorphins which can result in an “euphoric feeling”…. The acupuncturist will devise your individual treatment depending on the kind of stress you are experiencing and its side effects.
Headaches; headaches are one of the most common problems in our society today. Each headache is treated according to its individual cause.
Women’s health; acupuncture provides a drug free alternative for treatment of gynaecological and obstetric conditions such as period cramps, irregular period, pre-menstrual syndrome, infertility, morning sickness etc….
Weight loss and Cosmetic acupuncture are two other categories in which acupuncture can have a beneficial effect. In case of skin conditions, acupuncture has been beneficial in eczema, dermatitis, acne etc…
Extract from an article published in AACMA summer 2016 Jing-Luo magazine.

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Can Acupuncture help with lower back pain characterised by leg length discrepancy?

Recently published article on the use of Acupuncture point of GB-20 in cases of lower back pain with leg length discrepancy has shown an improvement in lower back pain by restoring leg length equality.
“Correcting leg length discrepancy may improve conditions such as lumbar scoliosis, posture deformation, gait symmetry… well as prevent further degeneration and misalignment of the spine. There is a limited evidence available for the use of acupuncture in the leg length discrepancy, however a similar case study of adult degenerative scoliosis characterised by leg length discrepancy treated with acupuncture, found that acupuncture was associated with a reduction of the degree of curvature…. and played an important role in pain management.”
Extract from an article by R.Davis MHlthSc (Acup), AdvDipAcup, BIntSt, Dr S.Cochrane PHD,BSW,DTCM,BAS
Published in ajacm 2016 Volume 10, Issue 2

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Acupuncture proves effective for chronic pain

“A recent study, Acupuncture for Chronic pain: individual Patient Data Meta-analysis, has provided significant evidence that acupuncture not only provides greater pain relief than both sham and no acupuncture, it also goes above and beyond a placebo effect.
The results come from a meta-analysis of 29high quality studies, looking at 17992 cases of raw individual patient data.
Lead researcher Andrew Vickers and colleagues set out to determine the effect size of acupuncture for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache and shoulder pain. In an interview with ABC’s AM program, Vickers was quoted saying the results showed a large difference between true acupuncture and sham acupuncture and no acupuncture at all, a smaller difference between true and sham acupuncture, but one that is certainly statistically significant. These findings suggest that acupuncture is a clinically significant method of pain relief.” Ref: Vickers A, Cronin A M, Maschino A C, Lewith G, Macpherson….et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual Patient data Met-analysis. Arch Intern Med. Published online Sept10.2012

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Are antidepressants working for our children and teens?

A significant review of antidepressant use has found that they are mostly ineffective and could even harm children and teens.
Study published in The Lancet, the review led by researchers at Oxford University, assessed the evidence for 14 different antidepressants commonly prescribed for young people. The 34 trials reviewed encompassed over 5000 participants aged 9 to 18.
Incredibly, only one antidepressant- Prozac (fluoxetine) was seen to be more effective than placebo treatment. On the other end of scale, the antidepressant venlafaxine was shown to increase suicidal thoughts.
Clearly the findings are disturbing – particularly for parents of teens or children with depression.
The report recommended “children and adolescents taking antidepressants be carefully monitored closely, regardless of the antidepressants chosen, particularly at the beginning of the treatment.”
Other research highlights that avoiding treatment for depression can also be dangerous. So what can parents do? Arm themselves with information, speak to variety of health and allied health professionals and work out best possible strategy for their specific need.
One of the alternatives is Acupuncture and counselling.
Some Chinese herbs can also be used.
Extract from Natural Therapy pages news letter, March 2017

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Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with Acupuncture

According to latest research, published in the journal “Brain”, a team of investigators based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital sheds light on how …..
To get to the root of the question, Napadow and colleagues performed a sham-controlled acupuncture neuroimaging study of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a neuropathic pain disorder. Few chronic pain disorders have established biomarkers or measurable treatment outcomes. However, in CTS measurements taken at the wrist of the speed at which signals are transmitted along the median nerve are a well known and accepted biomarker. In addition the studies by Napadow and others have shown that the brain – particularly the primary sensory cortex, which receives signals related to the sense of touch – is remapped in CTS. Specifically, brain cells that usually respond to touch signals from specific fingers start to respond to signals from multiple fingers, which provides another measurable outcome.
Using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) before and after several months of therapy in three different groups of CTS patients – one receiving electroacupuncture at the affected hand, one receiving electroacupuncture at the ankle opposite the affected hand and the other receiving sham electroacupuncture with placebo needles near the affected hand – the researchers have found that both real and sham acupuncture improved patient – reported CTS symptoms. However, there were notable differences in physiologic measures.
Real acupuncture at the affected hand lead to measurable improvements in outcomes both at the affected wrist and in the brain….. while Acupuncture at the opposite ankle produced improvement at the wrist only.
Brain remapping immediately after real acupuncture was linked to long term improvement in CTS symptoms. No physiologic improvements resulted from Sham acupuncture.
“Extract from an article published by, March 2, 2017

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Science proves that acupuncture meridians exist

Scientists at Seoul National University recently confirmed the existence of meridians,which they refer to as the “primo-vascular systems”. They say that this system is a crucial part of cardiovascular system. Previously, North Korean scientist Kim Bong-Han proposed that he had found meridians Read More

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