What is Acupuncture ?
Acupuncture is a highly effective treatment in Chinese Medicine to treat various disorders and conditions carried by a qualified acupuncturist. The initial consultation involves thorough questioning including lifestyle and dietary habits, as well as an inspection of the tongue and palpation of the pulse. This allows for an accurate and wholistic Chinese Medicine diagnosis, followed by a relaxing acupuncture treatment. The acupuncturist will typically use a combination of 5 to 15 acupuncture points aimed at rebalancing specific bodily disharmonies.
What is Acupuncture and how does it work ?
The most common reason for some people to feel hesitant in trying acupuncture is not knowing whether acupuncture is painful or not. However, most patients who have received acupuncture treatments at Back on Your Feet say that there is practically no pain to slight discomfort during the therapy but receive a significant amount of reduced stress and pain relief.
There was a study in 2008 where the mechanism of acupuncture analgesia was investigated. The findings indicated that acupuncture has an influence on the autonomic nervous system and the hormonal system which helps to increase serotonin, endogenous opiates, and glucocorticoids. In layman’s terms, this means that acupuncture helps to reduce stress, increase the “happy” hormones, reduce pain, and promote anti-inflammation. The mechanisms of acupuncture allows our patients to find relief from acute and chronic pain, stress related health issues, and fertility.
Acupuncture and Pain Relief
The acupuncturists at Back on Your Feet have helped chronic and acute pain inflicted patients achieve significant pain relief. The most common types of acute pain that acupuncture can help include sports injuries, and surgical rehabilitation. The anti-inflammatory and pain relief mechanisms of acupuncture makes it a great treatment option for sports injuries such as ankle sprains, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, muscles cramps, shoulder injuries, and low back pain.
When pain continues for more than three months, there is a continual secretion of inflammatory hormones and constant activation of pain nerves, leading to chronic pain. There is one theory explaining the mechanisms of chronic pain, called the gate control theory. This theory describes a gateway for pain nerves being constantly “open”, causing significant and long term pain. The analgesic property of acupuncture has been explained as being able to “close” the gate, and therefore significantly reducing pain. Chronic pain conditions that can be managed with acupuncture include anxiety-induced pain, gastrointestinal pain, migraines, headaches, period pain, and sciatica.
Acupuncture and stress related health issues
Long term exposure to high levels of stress can lead to many adverse health issues, including physical illness, and mental and emotional problems. When a person is in a situation where they are constantly exposed to moderate to high levels of stress, their body undergoes a “fight or flight” response. The fight or flight state is due to changes in the sympathetic and autonomous nervous system, leading to increase in cortisol and adrenaline levels. This response allows the person to either run away, or physically or mentally prepare to tackle the perceived threat. If the person is constantly exposed to this stressful situation, then their body becomes accustomed to this threat by continually being in a permanent distressed state of fight or flight. One example of this scenario is a person working for a company that requires high performance for tight deadlines.
Over time, the physical and mental states of the body becomes compromised, and concerning health issues arise. The following health issues can gradually arise when a person experiences extreme stress:
- Poor sleep
- Digestive complaints (bloating, heartburn, erratic bowel motions)
- Lowered immune response
- Autoimmune disorders
- Poor energy levels
- Low concentration
- Low mood, or mood swings
- Headaches and/or migraines
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid issues
- Reproductive health issues (low libido, irregular menstrual cycles, painful menstruation, fertility issues)
The de-stressing mechanisms of acupuncture makes Chinese Medicine one of the most highly effective treatments for stress-related health issues. In particular, acupuncture has been shown to calm stressful bodies by increasing serotonin and endorphin, and reducing cortisol and adrenaline levels. Regular acupuncture treatments has helped our patients’ mental and physical states become happier, healthier, and more resilient.
In the recent years, many women and couples have been seeking complementary medicine, including acupuncture, to help increase their fertility. There are many and varied physiological and hormonal issues that contribute to fertility issues. The most common fertility problems that can be treated by acupuncture include endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, polycystic ovarian syndrome, thin endometrial lining, poor egg quality, and poor luteal phase. Please click here for further information on acupuncture and fertility.
A 26 year old male presented to the Back on Your Feet clinic with achilles tendonitis. He enjoyed playing soccer 3 days a week, however, began to experience discomfort when the pain began 2 weeks prior to initial acupuncture treatment. His pain prevented him from playing soccer, and was also having pain when walking and resting. The initial assessment showed mild inflammation around the site of achilles tendonitis, and general tightness in his hip muscles, which were contributing to his achilles tendonitis. After 4 weekly acupuncture sessions, he was able to return to playing soccer, and achieve pain free results.
You can directly speak to one of the friendly acupuncturists at Back on Your Feet.
If you have further questions on how acupuncture can help you by calling 02 8034 8584.
Alternatively, they can also be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org