Many of our clients experience pain relief after their first session.
At Qi Medicine, we pride ourselves on helping our clients overcome chronic pain and discomfort. We understand that you may have tried a few other therapies and perhaps have not had the result you were looking for. We will work with you to help you overcome your pain naturally, without drugs or surgery. Acupuncture for lower back pain and sciatica nerve pain should be tried as a first, not last resort.
Acupuncture may prove beneficial for a number of conditions
A recent systematic review of acupuncture research literature suggested that acupuncture may be effective for the symptomatic relief of a number of conditions 20. There was strong evidence to suggest the effectiveness of acupuncture for:
Joint, muscle and pain conditions:
- Knee osteoarthritis1
- Migraine prophylaxis2
- A headache (tension-type and chronic)3
- Postoperative pain4
- Chronic low back pain5
In this review, there was also moderate evidence to support acupuncture effectiveness for:
- Acute lower back pain6
- Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy 7
- Post-stroke shoulder pain8
- Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome9
- Restless leg syndrome10
- Shoulder impingement syndrome (early stage with exercise)12
- Shoulder pain13
- Cancer pain14
- Post-stroke spasticity15
- Labour pain 16
- Lateral elbow pain17
- Stroke rehabilitation18
- Temporomandibular (jaw) pain19
- Neck pain21
How does acupuncture help?
It is commonly understood that acupuncture points can stimulate the nervous system to release chemical and hormones in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. in one study, it was found that acupuncture had a stimulating effect on the release of the body’s own opioid neurotransmitters, and the brain’s sensitivity to opioid receptors involved in pain relief. Acupuncture can change the experience of pain and may trigger a natural healing response in the body’s tissues. In addition, acupuncture can also have a calming effect, altering our state of mind to reduce stress and anxiety.22
Traditionally, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are said to affect the flow of energy within the body and to remove blockages causing pain, discomfort, and illness. This explanation is from thousands of years ago, and significantly pre-dates our modern understanding of anatomy and illness. The overall effect of acupuncture, whether viewed from a Chinese medicine or Western medical perspective, is a positive one. With far fewer side effects than some western medications, acupuncture can address many physical and emotional disorders, and get you back on your feet.
It is good to know that all practising acupuncture and Chinese medicine doctors in Australia are registered with AHPRA, the key governing body which is responsible for regulating all doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors etc, in Australia. What this means for you is that your doctor at Qi Medicine is fully qualified by Australian standards and will maintain their continued professional development, to help ensure your treatment is to a high standard.
An acupuncture treatment consists of a consultation and treatment, along with dietary and lifestyle advice. The practitioner will often observe your wrist pulse, tongue and ask you several questions about your current and past state of health. This process is used to obtain a whole picture of your health in order to individualise a treatment to your specific needs.
The treatment itself may involve the insertion of several fine sterile and disposable needles, which act to stimulate the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. During a treatment, you will rest on a massage table in a warm, comfortable room with soothing music. You will often feel very relaxed after a session.
It is best to drink plenty of water and do not undergo intense physical or mental activity for a few hours after your session to let the internal healing continue after you leave the clinic.
Why choose acupuncture?
- Can address not only your symptoms but can also address the root cause
- Allows healing within your body without suppressing immunity
- May be used by people of all ages
- Does not result in ill side effects as with some Western medications
- Sessions can be relaxing and rejuvenating and can leave you feeling calm and happy
Acupuncture does not replace all medical treatments available, and your doctor should be consulted before you discontinue any other forms of treatment. Acupuncture will often complement Western medical treatments through encouraging healing and recovery.
Is treatment painful?
Acupuncture is mostly very gentle and relaxing. When you receive a treatment you will lie under warm fluffy towels, taking some time to escape and unwind. Often you will barely feel the points used as they are placed with expert precision and care. After your treatment, you will often feel rested, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Advice about acupuncture’s potential side effects and results
On the whole, acupuncture is considered gentle, but like with any form of therapeutic intervention, there may be some unwanted side effects. These include:
- Bruising and tenderness at the site of treatment
- Feeling tired after treatment
- Some pain and redness at the insertion site
- Some swelling at the insertion point
It is important to discuss your treatment options with your therapist first if you have any:
- Bleeding disorders
- Contagious blood diseases
- Easy bruising
- Metal allergies
Acupuncture is not a miracle treatment and it is important to understand that like any form of therapeutic intervention results are never guaranteed. Please take the time to discuss your treatment options with your healthcare provider before undergoing treatment. It is common to need to undergo a series of sessions to achieve therapeutic benefit with acupuncture, so please be mindful of this when considering treatment.
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Book online here or phone the clinic on (03) 8394 7665 to book your acupuncture treatment today.
Are we easy to get to?
The clinic is located in The Body and Brain Center, 356-362 Ascot Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds, in the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and close to Highpoint. Qi Medicine is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, Brunswick West, Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone and Essendon, and just 10 km from Melbourne CBD.
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