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When it comes to pain people think of acupuncture as a last resort. With considerable clinical evidence behind it and especially where long term pain medications and surgical interventions are being suggested, acupuncture should be considered for primary pain management and care.

Acupuncture and TCM has a large range of specialised treatment strategies for the treatment of pain whether it is acute, chronic, severe or mild.

The promotion of quick healing is at the core of acupuncture therapies such that pain reduction can be felt immediately during and after the session. As Individual cases differ the unique treatments methods address the root causes and symptoms directly and simultaneously.

In acute pain such as lumbar sprain, treatments are specific to reducing muscular spasm and relaxing muscle and tendons. Other methods such as cupping and Tui Na kneading massage are used as required to promote blood circulation, reduce blood congestion and swelling as well as stopping pain.

In chronic pain such as osteoarthritis of the knee acupuncture has been shown to have greater efficacy compared to physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory drugs. Pain stopping herbal medicines and liniments are also valuable and are regularly prescribed where appropriate. Should patients wish to keep using their conventional painkillers we work to reduce the length of their use.

Painful conditions presenting at Melbourne Acupuncture include:

  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Sciatica and Hip Pain
  • Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ)
  • Knee Pain
  • Elbow- Golfer’s and Tennis
  • Headache & Migraine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Leg- Shin Splints, Calf Cramps

Our Pain Management Program is: 5 and 10 Session plans. (30 and 45 minute)

The treatment sessions incorporate acupuncture and acu-therapies, specialised massage therapy stages and corrective exercise advice.

Pain rating algorithms are used to track your progress.

References:

1 Acupuncture and knee osteoarthritis: a three-armed randomized trial