At the traditional acupuncture clinic we want you to realize your treatment goals as fast as possible. Pain reduction and resolution are our most common services and Traditional East Asian Medicine has an excellent track record in the treatment of pain conditions. When you make an appointment you can expect a thorough assessment and immediate commencement of treatment. We want you to achieve pain reduction and resolution as fast as possible. Your goals align with ours, which is why we are dedicated to excellence in service, advice and treatment.

  • We aim to reduce and resolve pain
  • We tailor your treatment course to your needs and restrictions
  • We advise you on the best course of action and how else and who else may be able to assist
  • The treatment is our passion; we have dedicated ourselves to developing and refining our treatment skill.

 

Pain is a more complex symptom than you probably realise. This is why we find it important to educate our patients about pain as well as treating it. Below are some resources for you to peruse covering modern and traditional perspectives on pain and its presentation. We have chosen subjects that are common in our clinic and suited to acupuncture, moxibustion, massage and herbal granule treatment. If you have any questions or an uncommon disease/ presentation please contact the clinic and we can advise you if our services are suitable.

Pain – A Modern Perspective
Pain is a protective and conscious feeling that compels us to protect ourselves. It is important to remember that the pathology of pain is a compound between the body tissues and the nervous system (nerves/ spinal cord/ brain). When experiencing pain, a harmful stimuli has caused signals to be transmitted through chains of nerve fibers, via the spinal cord, to the brain. This signalling process, called nociception, is evaluated in the brain and may initiate a pain response. In treatment, changing factors that stimulate nociception is one of the methods to change pain. Abnormalities/ damage can exist in a variety of tissues within the musculoskeletal system. Finding and resolving them positively influences nociception and on many occasions will resolve or improve pain symptoms.

To reiterate the statement above; pain is a complex of pathology between the body tissues and the nervous system. The role of the brain is more complex than just receiving signals from the peripheral nervous system and promoting them into our consciousness. There are innumerable cells that comprise the human brain. It is common for large groups of brain cells to function collectively in networks in order to drive certain outcomes. Modern Neuroscience conceptualizes an individual network as a Neurotag, and theorizes that the brain is a mass of Neurotags that influence and compete against each other.

When nociception occurs it causes activation of a variety of Neurotags across the brain, many of these Neurotags will regulate each other, which in turn strengthens or weakens an associated response. The Neurotags relating to cognition (what you think), perception (what you feel) and action (what you do) are thought to have the most influence on the production of pain symptoms. The process of modulation between Neurotags is critical to the emergence of pain and highlights the complexity and variability of pain experiences between individuals. In treatment, understanding the neurological component of pain is akin to understanding the context of pain. Often this is useful for deciphering its causes, giving advice, re-conceptualizing a patients experience and refining the treatment strategy.

 

Muscle and tendon pain
Muscle pain and stiffness – Intermittent aching pain, pain on movement (particularly at end of range), feeling of tightness/ stiffness.

Acute muscle pain – severe pain on movement often throughout entire range, sometimes patient is unable to move.

Strains – localized pain with history of trauma, worse on movement (pain often absent during mid range), particularly painful on resisted movement, loss of strength, tenderness on palpation, swelling and heat (signs of inflammation).

Cumulative trauma – history of slow onset, tending toward constant pain with pain at rest, dull pain with sharp exacerbations, worse for sustained use, pain on resisted movement, on occasion some signs of inflammation, may also be referred to as tendonitis/ repetitive strain (RSI).

 

Ligament and joint pain
Joint pain (osteoarthritis) – Intermittent or constant pain, dull/ deep/ aching pain, stiffness and pain for short period after rest, pain after sustained use (when advanced any use), pain at the end of passive range, tenderness on the joint line, mild swelling, popping/ crunching, deformity, instability, usually patient is approximately 50 years or older.

Sprains – localized pain with history of trauma, worse on movement with decreased range of movement, pain especially at the end of range (often absent during mid-range), pain on weight bearing, severe tenderness on palpation, swelling/ bruising (signs of inflammation), protective muscle spasm.

Bursitis – localized pain, worse for resisted movement, tender to palpate, swelling, usually associated with cumulative trauma.

 

Acute tissue damage
Strains – localized pain with history of trauma, worse on movement (pain often absent during mid range), particularly painful on resisted movement, loss of strength, tenderness on palpation, swelling and heat (signs of inflammation).

Sprains – localized pain with history of trauma, worse on movement with decreased range of movement, pain especially at the end of range (pain often absent during mid-range), pain on weight bearing, severe tenderness on palpation, swelling/ bruising/ heat (signs of inflammation), protective muscle spasm.

 

Nerve pain
Nerve pain/ Sciatica – burning/ tingling/ cramping pain, numbness, can effect an entire extremity but has a strong relationship with the lower part of the extremity, muscle wasting, often associated with neck or lower back pain, often the result of bone/ joint pathologies of the spine, occasionally associated with muscle pathologies, worse for positions/ activities that accentuate the compression of the nerve, often occurring in conjunction with muscle and joint pain.

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