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When it comes to pain people think of acupuncture as a last resort. With considerable clinical evidence behind it, 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:

  • Pain 1.
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Lower Back Pain 2.
  • Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ)
  • Knee Pain 3
  • Sciatica and Hip Pain 4
  • Elbow- Golfer’s and Tennis
  • Headache & Migraine 5
  • 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 for Chronic Pain: Update of an Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis

Acupuncture has a clinically relevant effect on chronic pain that persists over time.

 2.Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline

Acupuncture is strongly recommended by the American College of Physicians for both acute and chronic low back pain.

3. Acupuncture and knee osteoarthritis: a three-armed randomized trial

4. Comparative clinical effectiveness of management strategies for sciatica: a systematic review and network meta-analyses. 

In a network meta-analysis comparing more than 20 therapies for sciatic acupuncture was rated second best for both global effect and pain relief.

5.Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine. Cochrane Database Syst Rev

The available evidence suggests that adding acupuncture to symptomatic treatment of attacks reduces the frequency of headaches

a. Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache.

“The available results suggest that acupuncture is effective for treating frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches,”