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Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common complaint that can be experienced on one side or on both sides of the neck. In many cases, the upper back and the back of the skull are also affected.

Below are some of the common problems:

  1. Simple stiff neck which normally appears on waking up. It is related to stress.
  2. Aching pain from postural strain, such as prolonged reading, computer use, studying or any other activities that require sustained muscle contraction.
  3. Cervical sprain from Whiplash injury, heavy lifting or sudden movement that precipitate a cervical sprain.
  4. Compression of cervical nerve root or spinal cord.
  5. Fibromyalgia.

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STRESS

Needle This: Studies show Acupuncture Works to Relieve Stress

All of us experience stress. It is a healthy response to events in our lives. When we are healthy and the stress is short-lived, we are usually able to recover without too much wear and tear to our overall health. When the stress is extreme, or if it lasts a long time, our emotional health and ultimately, our physical health begin to suffer.

Needles may not seem like the best tool for treating stress, but acupuncture could be tapping into basic biological systems that keep stress under control. Reporting in the Journal of Endocrinology, researchers led by Ladan Eshkevari, assistant program director of the nurse anesthesia program at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, proves acupuncture can alter stress hormones.

In a highway system, when there is road construction or an accident, traffic may be also backed up on other secondary roads that feed into or out of the affected area. This is true in the body, too. Stress, like accident, may affect many other parts of the body, most notably digestion, the ability to sleep, pain conditions, and blood pressure. Stress can also aggravate an already troublesome health condition.

Through acupuncture, theses energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points serve as the on and off ramps to the energy highway, and can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.

From a Western viewpoint, acupuncture works to alleviate stress by releasing natural pain-killing chemicals in the brain, called endorphins. In addition, acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule, the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, becomes inflamed and stiff, greatly restricting motion and causing chronic pain.

Frozen shoulder is a painful and disabling condition that often causes great frustration for patients and caregivers due to slow recovery. Movement of the shoulder is severely restricted. Pain is usually constant, worse at night, and when the weather is colder; and along with the restricted movement can make even small tasks impossible. Certain movements or bumps can cause sudden onset of tremendous pain and cramping that can last several minutes.

The major factor, according to specialist, is trigger points in the subscapularis muscle. Acupuncture can eliminate these trigger points, wiping out frozen shoulder without causing any side effect and offering people an alternative to the common—yet usually only temporarily effective—protocol of pain killers, cortisone shots, and surgery.

Massage, especially Remedial massage loosens up the muscles, tightened by Frozen Shoulder Syndrome around the shoulder girdle. A good massage using specific techniques increases the effect of the stretching. You can’t do this on your own; you’ll need a partner here. Massaging relaxes you and thus the guarding and tightening of those affected muscles are reduced. Mobility is improved even before you begin to stretch.

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Low back pain- Chronic

What is Chronic low back pain?

Pain > 3 months

Causes:

  1. Lumbar disk disease
  2. Trauma
  3. Osteoarthritis
  4. Immune disorders: Ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis arthritis, chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
  5. Osteoporosis
  6. Visceral diseases
  7. Stress
  8. Overweight.

Treatments:

1.You may need to have neuroimaging and nerve studies.

2.You will be treated according to the examination.

3.Medication: panadol, NSAIDs.

4.Life style modification.

5.Exercise: do only to the limit that you can take.

6.Stress relieve.

7.Massage.

8.Acupuncture.

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Arthritis

Arthritis is a form of inflammatory joint disorder. It may affect one or more joints.

Arthritis affect approximately 3.85 million Australians and cost to our economy of more than $23.9 billion a year in medical care and indirect cost. It is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in this country. The number of people with this problem is predicted to go up to 7 million in 2050 as the population ages. Arthritis can make a person to remain inactive and contribute to an increased risk of obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease and depression.

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. Most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Others include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and septic arthritis.

Regardless of the type of arthritis, the common symptoms are pain, weak, swelling, joint stiffness, constant aches around the joints, tenderness, difficulty moving the joint, muscle aches and pains, and muscle weakness. Health professional made diagnosis by clinical examination, radiology and blood test.

There is currently no cure of most arthritis yet. Treatment options vary depending on the type of arthritis. There are many treatments which could help to reduce symptoms, such as lifestyle change, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, medications and surgery. Most patients benefit from combined therapies.

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Low back pain- Acute

What is acute low back pain?

Pain < 3 months’ duration

Full recovery in 85%

Causes:

  1. Disc problems
  2. Muscles problems: sprain, strain, injury
  3. Ligament problems: sprain, strain, injury
  4. Spinal stenosis, slippage of spine.
  5. Osteoarthritis
  6. Trauma
  7. Osteoporosis

Treatments:

  1. Early return to usual activity- bed rest no more than 2 days.
  2. Activity alterations to minimize symptoms.
  3. Medication: panadol, NSAIDs.
  4. Spinal manipulation
  5. Massage– if it is not too acute. *** We will assess you. ***
  6. Acupuncture
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Health Point (The Gateway Building)

Health Point (The Gateway Building) opened in July 2015. It is designed to provide you accessible, affordable and professional natural therapy.

Our practitioners are highly qualified and well-trained in Acupuncture, Massage and Chinese Medicine with many years clinic experience. All of our Chinese Medicine Practitioner are nationally registered and accredited by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and AHPRA.

At Health Point, you can benefit from natural healing of Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Massage. We hope we can bring the health to you and your family.

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