What we treat
Pain is complex, so there are many different treatment options. Acupuncture is a great form of analgesic (pain relief) for all ages as it’s completely drug-free. Whatever the treatment regime, it’s important to remember that pain can be treated.
What causes pain?
Pain results from tissue damage. It’s felt when special nerves that detect tissue damage (called nociceptors) send signals to transmit information about the damage along the spinal cord to the brain. The brain then decides what to do about the pain. In Chinese medicine, pain is also caused by an accumulation of qi and blood. When an injury occurs, healthy flow is interrupted, resulting in stagnation. This blockage is responsible for triggering the pain response.
Our approach to pain may assist you in returning to an active and healthy lifestyle full of movement and function. We tackle pain by inserting acupuncture needles into the problem area to break up qi and blood stagnation.
In accordance with our Three-Phase Treatment System, we use acupuncture in combination with electro-acupuncture to induce analgesia. Using the electrical current passing through the needle into the muscle, we close the gate that transmits messages from the site of injury to the brain to give you fast and effective pain relief.
2. Musculoskeletal issues
Musculoskeletal issues can be a very common and debilitating problem. Thankfully many issues can be treated and resolved, allowing healthy and active lives to be lead.
What causes musculoskeletal issues?
Musculoskeletal issues are problems associated with the body’s muscles or bones. Issues can be caused by sudden impact, force, vibration or unbalanced positions. Often resulting from muscular injuries, our muscles can form what we call myofascial trigger points.
When muscle fibres, fascia, ligaments, or tendons become weakened, overstretched, or inflamed, tiny tears in the soft tissue can occur. As the tissue heals it contracts, becoming twisted and knotted, forming the trigger point. These knotted fibres restrict fresh blood supply to the muscle cells and cause a shortening of the muscle fibres. These knotted regions cause pain and weakness and reduce the muscle’s flexibility. If left untreated, trigger points can spread into other areas, and may even compress and entrap nerves, leading to more symptoms.
In accordance with our Three-Phase Treatment System, we begin by using traditional points to disperse qi and blood stagnation. We then move on to treat Ashi points, to break up and release the trigger point. To finish, we may include other treatment techniques such as cupping or gua sha, to lift and stretch tight fascia, and break up accumulated tissue. Our comprehensive treatment system is designed to give you back range of movement and proper function.
3. Digestive issues
Digestive issues can be tricky to treat, because no matter what you put in, your tummy is left feeling upset and yucky. Acupuncture is a fantastic treatment because it doesn’t involve consuming anything that may cause irritation.
What causes digestive issues?
The causes of digestive disorders are multiple. Sometimes a digestive disorder is restricted to the digestive system, and sometimes it’s a symptom of a wider systemic problem. Some digestive disorders could have more than one cause, as well as multiple symptoms, and could affect more than one section of the digestive system. While a disorder could have a specific cause, there could be other factors exacerbating the symptoms.
With so many different issues and causes, to tackle digestive disorders, we use a wide range of different treatment techniques to ensure we have your condition covered.
Traditional acupuncture is used to harmonise the stomach and boost qi and blood flow in the channel, while cupping and moxibustion can be used to warm up dampness and increase gastric motility. Our treatment techniques can be used in any combination to fit your diagnosis and treat your symptoms.
4. Reproductive issues
Good sexual and reproductive health is important for women’s general health and wellbeing. It’s central to their ability to make choices and decisions about their lives, including when, or whether, to consider having children.
What causes reproductive issues?
Different life stages are associated with specific sexual and reproductive health issues, including menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, chronic health problems (such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome) and menopause. Reproductive issues can be caused by a wide range of factors such as hormonal imbalances and physical abnormalities.
According to Chinese medicine theory, our reproductive health is governed by our jing qi. Jing qi is the essence of our body; It’s what we inherit from our parents. Jing qi energy is housed in the Kidney. When jing qi is abundant, we are healthy and strong, however when deficient, our reproductive health can suffer.
To treat reproductive issues, our treatment protocol directly targets the energy imbalance responsible for the condition. Many of our treatments focus on treating the Kidney and Conception Vessel. We use a personalised diagnosis to form individualised treatment plans, with each treatment as unique as the patient we are treating. We strongly believe that with a personalised diagnosis, we give our patients the best chance at recovery from their condition.
5. Emotional health
Emotional health is an important part of overall health. There are many steps that can be taken to improve our emotional health, helping us to lead happier, healthier lives. We all have the power to take control and get the most out of life.
What causes emotional health issues?
Emotional health refers to wellbeing and the way someone views, and lives, a life of wellness. There are a wide range of factors that can greatly influence our emotional health. Emotional health issues can be caused by a mixture of biological, psychological and environmental factors. One may experience mental health conditions, lack of sleep, chronic stress, poor social circles or relationship problems, all which can impact on emotional health.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the Heart is associated with all mental activity, consciousness, thoughts, feelings, memories, sleep and more. It’s damaged by excessive sadness. The heart offers a house for what we call the Shen or Spirit.
Shen can be translated as “Spirit” or “Mind”, and implies our consciousness, mental functions, mental health, vitality, and our presence. In Chinese medicine, emotional health issues could be classified as a disorder of the heart.
We believe for treatment to be effective, we do not separate the mind from the heart or the body. We see you as an integrated whole and realise that happiness is a vital part of your health.
We take a personalised approach, using the results from your comprehensive consultation to form a unique treatment protocol. For any imbalances we diagnose, we use special acupuncture points for correction. Using points such as An Mian (Peaceful Sleep), Si Sheng Cong (the Four Angels) and Heart 7 (Spirit Gate), we are able to help the heart and bring about peace, balance and harmony.