Pain relief is the number one reason Australians seek out acupuncture. Our practitioners draw on our full suite of therapies to alleviate pain and discomfort for our patients.
If you do not see your health issue listed here, please call us to discuss what we can do for you.
Sciatica refers to lower back pain that develops from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve originates in the lower back and travels down the back of each leg. When compressed or irritated the sciatic nerve can cause pain and burning that will radiate from the lower back, through the buttocks, down the back or side of the leg and then possibly into the feet and toes.
Acupuncture can remove the compression of the sciatic nerve by the surrounding soft tissues and help relieve irriatation of the sciatic nerve fibers and nerve sheath. This can help resolve the pain that is expereinced with sciatica.
The shoulder is an extremely mobile joint which puts it at risk of frequent injury. The four rotator cuff muscles and their tendons provide the primary support for the shoulder and are often the main areas of injury and strain.
Clinically the most common shoulder injury that we treat is shoulder impingement syndrome, which causes pain with lifting the arm overhead, putting on jackets or buttoning up bra straps. Additional shoulder conditions that we often treat include: frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tendinitis, bicipital tendinitis, and osteoarthritis of the shoulder.
Acupuncture works well because of its ability to generate a local healing response in the body, while releasing tension in the soft tissue and clearing inflammation in the surrounding structures of the spine.
Whether it’s due to a car accident, posture, repetitive strain, stress, arthritis, disc bulges or muscle tension, neck pain can be debilitating.
Patients with neck pain often find relief and an increased range of motion with our combination of acupuncture, soft tissue therapy and herbal liniments. These treatments help to relieve pain by calming muscle spasms, relieving trigger points and clearing inflammation.
Bursitis is a painful condition that involves the swelling of a fluid-filled, friction absorbing pad called a bursa. Bursae are found in the joints and can become swollen and painful from the extra friction and pressure that repetitive movements place on them. The most common areas for bursitis to develop are the hips, knees, elbows and shoulders.
A natural treatment approach of acupuncture, dry needling and corrective exercises is an excellent way to ease the soft tissue strain placed on the bursa and reduce the swelling and pain associated with bursitis.
Nerve pain, also known as neuropathic pain, develops when nerves become damaged, compressed, or irritated. The tell tale signs of nerve pain are: electric sensations, shooting, burning or pinching type pain sensation in the area of complaint. The common types of painful nerve conditions our Practitioners regularly see are: Sciatica, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Thoracic outlet syndrome, Shingles, Bell’s palsy and Trigeminal neuralgia.
Acupuncture can promote the release of the body’s pain relieving hormones (endorphins) and stimulate nerve conduction, while also helping to relieve nerve entrapment and irritation.
Osteoarthritis is an extremely common form of arthritis. It occurs when cartilage (the flexible shock absorbing tissue found at the end of bones and inside joints) begins to deteriorate over time. As it deteriorates, the cartilage fails to provide cushioning between the ends of the bones that meet inside the joint, which can result in damaged bone endings and pain inside the joint.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine focus on promoting circulation to the affected joint so that it can receive the nourishment it requires to heal. With this treatment approach the joint pain, inflammation, and stiffness can be relieved, and the joint health and strength can be increased.
Chronic pain over months and years causes a cycle of ongoing physical and psychological distress. Two-thirds of chronic pain patients also experience disrupted sleep and insomnia; many others experience anger, frustration and anxiety because of their pain or restricted movement.
Acupuncture can break the cycle by diverting the painful sensations going to your brain, and by stimulating pain-relieving hormones. Because acupuncture treats the root cause and considers all aspects of your health, treatments for chronic pain may also include therapy for improved sleep and psychological health.
Sciatica, shoulder pain, bursitis, neck pain
Eczema, psoriasis, shingles
Constipation, bloating, indigestion,diarrhea
Menopause, menstruation and hormonal balance, Painful periods
Vertigo, headaches, fatigue, immune support
Anxiety, stress, insomnia, anger