PAIN AND ACUPUNCTURE

 

 

Most pain doesn't land you in the hospital, but it can make everyday life a struggle. The biggest problem with pain, is that you don’t know something is wrong until you feel pain. This makes it one of the most common conditions that we see at Brunswick Acupuncture. However, we don’t believe that you have to live with pain.

 

With his previous role as Supervisor at the Australian College of Sports Therapy, Brunswick Acupuncture’s principle practitioner Andrew Fox has extensive experience with acupuncture treatments in dealing with pain.

 

We know that list of pain and injuries is quite extensive, but here are some common pain conditions that patients present with at Brunswick Acupuncture.

 

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Sciatica

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Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain can happen to anybody at any age, and can occur for many reasons. At our practice, we often see patients presenting with back pain from pregnancy and back injuries from lifting heavy objects.

 

Lower back pain can be very inhibiting, and we are committed to playing a role in managing and relieving the pain associated with it so that you can keep on moving in your everyday life. With over 17 years practicing acupuncture, our practitioners are experienced with patients presenting with lower back pain in both acute or chronic forms.

 

Lower back pain differs so widely, from short to long term cases, to a spectrum of causations, symptoms and severity. We find it’s best that you chat directly with us in consultation with your other treating health practitioners.

 

Call our professional practitioners at Brunswick Acupuncture on (03) 9387 3998.

Headaches and Migraines

Headaches and migraines are one of the most commonly presented conditions here at Brunswick Acupuncture. Frequent headaches and migraines can be a major disruption to your work, study and daily life. According to a 2015 Global Burden of Disease report, migraine is the seventh most disabling condition worldwide. Headaches can occur from a number of factors, including neck, stress, hormonal and medical related reasons.

 

Our trained acupuncture practitioners may be able to help with pain relief from headache and migraine symptoms. Acupuncture can also potentially play a role as a preventative therapy for migraines for those who may be interested in a non-pharmacologic option.

 

At Brunswick Acupuncture, we aim to provide relief in headache and migraine pain at your individual acupuncture session, but of course this may vary as everyone is different. We assess your feedback after every session and support that you consult with your other treating health practitioners.

 

Book an appointment online today at Brunswick Acupuncture.

 

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can affect both men and women, and patients that commonly present at our practice with this condition are generally between 30-50 years old. Shoulder pain can sometimes have associated tension elsewhere in the body. An example is, if you’re stiff in the neck, then you may load up your shoulders to compensate. Our practitioners often find that when we see patients with shoulder pain, we also look at other surrounding areas.

 

Shoulder pain can occur from repetitive use and inflammation of the tendon, otherwise known as shoulder impingement syndrome or “swimmer’s shoulder”. In its early stages, we find that swimmer’s shoulder can respond well to acupuncture treatment in combination with exercise.

 

In your first appointment, we can run you through a holistic diagnosis using Chinese Medicine observations, to see how acupuncture may be able to help you with shoulder pain.

Neck Pain

At Brunswick Acupuncture, we often see office workers and daily computer users coming in with complaints about neck pain. In our experience, neck pain can sometimes be associative to other areas of the body that are related to sitting down for long periods of time or strain from looking at a computer screen. Examples of associative pain can include headaches, lower back pain or sciatica.

 

To better assist you in looking at the multiple points of pain that may be associated with neck pain, please chat to our experienced practitioners at Brunswick Acupuncture.

Knee Pain

Our practitioners love staying fit and exercising, and we can understand the frustration that conditions such as knee pain causes in everyday movement and in playing the sports that we love.

 

As with all pain, knee pain can derive from a multitude of reasons. Commonly at Brunswick Acupuncture, we often see patients presenting with knee pain relating to sports injuries or degenerative issues such as osteoarthritis in the knee.

 

Chat to us more about acupuncture by giving us a call on (03) 9387 3998.

Sport Injuries

As a country, we love our sport! Stats show that over 87% Australians participate in some form of sport or physical activity. At Brunswick Acupuncture we love to support people in their active and healthy lifestyle, and we can understand that sometimes niggling sport injuries can crop up.

 

With his previous work as Supervisor at the Australian College of Sports Therapy, acupuncture practitioner Andrew Fox has worked significantly with pain and sport injuries.

 

Feel free to chat to Andrew more about your sport injury by giving him a call on (03) 9387 3998.

Elbow Pain

When talking about elbow pain, you may hear terms like “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow”. Both generally refer to the overuse or repeated use of the area, and can sometimes be felt in pain when you’re making a fist (i.e. golfer’s elbow) or opening your fingers (i.e. tennis elbow). Elbow pain varies and can be related to repetitive tasks such as computer work, racket sport injuries, or could be a strain from lifting something too heavy. At Brunswick Acupuncture, we sometimes meet patients presenting with elbow pain after moving house!

 

As with all conditions and injuries, there are differing symptoms and conditions for elbow pain, which can be discussed with us in conjunction with your other treating health practitioners.

 

Chat more to us at Brunswick Acupuncture in regards to how we may be able to assist with elbow pain by contacting us.

 

Sciatica

The term sciatica is often used to describe a symptom where a person may experience nerve pain radiating down their leg, with the pain sometimes stemming from the lower back. Sciatica nerve pain affects the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg, hence the name of the symptom.

 

Sciatica pain can sometimes be sudden in its occurrence, and its potential to be irritating to debilitating in your everyday movement and productivity can be stressful. Acupuncture can potentially play a role in the management of the range of pain that is associated with sciatica.

 

Book an appointment online today with Brunswick Acupuncture to see how we may be able to help.

 

Further Reading / References:

 

Lower Back

Hoy D, March L, Brooks P, Blyth F, Woolf A, Bain C, et al. The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. Ann Rheum Dis. 2014 Jun;73(6):968-74.

Schug SA, Palmer GM, Scott DA, Halliwell R, Trinca J. Acute pain management: scientific evidence, fourth edition, 2015. Med J Aust. 2016 May 2;204(8):315-7.

MacPherson H, Vertosick EA, Foster NE, Lewith G, Linde K, Sherman KJ, et al. The persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment: A meta-analysis of patients with chronic pain. Pain. 2016 Oct 17.

 

Headaches & Migraines

Schug SA, Palmer GM, Scott DA, Halliwell R, Trinca J. Acute pain management: scientific evidence, fourth edition, 2015. Med J Aust. 2016 May 2;204(8):315-7.

 Da Silva AN. Acupuncture for migraine prevention. Headache. 2015 Mar;55(3):470-3.

 

Shoulder Pain

Dong W, Goost H, Lin XB, Burger C, Paul C, Wang ZL, et al. Treatments for shoulder impingement syndrome: a PRISMA systematic review and network meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Mar;94(10):e510.

 

Neck Pain

Trinh K, Graham N, Irnich D, Cameron ID, Forget M. Acupuncture for neck disorders. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016(5):Cd004870.

 

Knee Pain

Corbett MS, Rice SJ, Madurasinghe V, Slack R, Fayter DA, Harden M, et al. Acupuncture and other physical treatments for the relief of pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee: network meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2013 Sep;21(9):1290-8.

 

Elbow Pain

Gadau M, Yeung WF, Liu H, Zaslawski C, Tan YS, Wang FC, et al. Acupuncture and moxibustion for lateral elbow pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014;14:136.

 

Sciatica

Qin Z, Liu X, Wu J, Zhai Y, Liu Z. Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Treating Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:425108.

 Ji M, Wang X, Chen M, Shen Y, Zhang X, Yang J. The Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:192808.

 

 

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