Acupuncture more effective than drugs for Neck Pain

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Do you have neck pain? Many of us experience neck pain at some point in our lives. If it is a degenerative condition (meaning there is continuing break down of the tissues), then this pain is probably something you have to deal with everyday. If neck pain is something you notice is negatively affecting your life (maybe during driving, working at the computer, lifting children), then acupuncture could be your solution.


Acupuncture has been found to be more effective than drug therapy for the treatment of neck disc herniations. This disorder is characterized by neck pain, numbness and/or weakness that often radiates towards the hands. Researchers compared electroacupuncture with the medication Meloxicam (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) and discovered that electroacupuncture is more effective in both the short and long-term for the treatment of cervical intervertebral disc herniations.

A total of 420 patients were investigated in this randomized controlled study.

Recovery was defined as a patient who is asymptomatic, has regained normal muscle strength and cervical & limb functions, is able to return to work and has a decrease in the rate of both symptoms and signs greater than or equal to 95%. Objective improvements were measured with tests including tendon reflexes, cervical motion, as well as subjective measurements including  pain, tenderness and numbness scores.

These measurements demonstrated that electroacupuncture proved significantly more effective in the short and long-term than the medication.


The Acupuncture group performed significantly better than the medication group in short and long-term recovery, providing longer lasting improvement. The researchers note, “With a randomized controlled multi-centered large-sampled method, this study has shown that the EA (electroacupuncture) group was better than the medication group in comparing both short-term and long-term therapeutic efficacies.”

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Bloating And Acupuncture

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Bloating And Acupuncture Castle Hill & Norwest

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Bloating Relief:  Could Acupuncutre Assist In Relief and Recovery?

At Gentle Care Chiropractic Norwest, our acupuncture (who has been trained in China!), uses the best of acupuncture methods for you and your health problems.  Please read on to find out the latest about bloating and acupuncture relief:

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Stop Bloating: 11 Tips from Acupuncturists

By Sara Calabro

This year, we’re honoring with tips for battling the holiday’s most common nemesis: bloating.

Often, the meals we share on Thanksgiving are memorable for more than just good times with family and friends. Bloating and indigestion can be epic on Thanksgiving, and they can put a major damper on otherwise joyous celebrations.

We asked acupuncturists from around the world for do-it-yourself recommendations for reducing bloating. Here are 11 tips for staying comfortable this Thursday, in the days that follow, and whenever else you experience bloating.

Chew your food

Helena Barker, an acupuncturist and naturopath in Meath, Ireland, recommends slowing down. “Eating quickly can cause air swallowing that leads to bloating,” says Barker. “You can decrease bloating simply by chewing your food more. This puts less pressure on your Spleen, the system responsible for digestion in Chinese medicine. Also, thoroughly chewing and tasting your food makes it more satisfying, which means you may eat less.”

New York City acupuncturist Juliette Aiyana agrees: “It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to sends hormonal signals to your brain telling it that you are full,” she says. “Slowing down and chewing well while enjoying the flavors of your holiday food may prevent bloating caused by overeating.”

Jacksonville, Florida acupuncturist Kendra Lay recommends at least 20 chews per bite. “A person can do more if they’d like—even up to 100 chews!” says Lay. “When food is chewed properly, the digestive enzyme amylase is released in the saliva to chemically break down starches and carbohydrates. Undigested carbohydrates are a big reason for distended bellies, so making sure your food is broken down properly before it hits the rest of your digestive tract is a great remedy for bloating.”

Drink warm liquids

Delphine Baumer, an acupuncturist in Vancouver, British Columbia, recommends ditching the iced water. “Avoid drinking cold liquids, especially with meals,” says Baumer. “The digestive organs are made of smooth muscle, and muscles like warmth. Ingesting cold will weaken the digestive system. Warm liquids will help it relax and gain strength over time, reducing bloating.”

Baumer adds, “Remember to drink most fluids between meals and to only have small sips at meal time.”

Get to know ginger

Brooklyn, New York acupuncturist Margie Navarro‘s favorite at-home cure for bloating is a cup of ginger tea, ideally before a meal. Navarro says, “Using freshly sliced ginger root is best. Pour boiled water over the sliced root, cover, and steep for about five minutes.”

Navarro explains that ginger helps stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production, helping to prevent food fermentation in the digestive tract. She says, “This is why ginger is best used before a meal.” Navarro points out, however, that ginger also helps relax the muscles within the digestive tract, helping to release trapped gas. “For this reason, it may help after a meal as well,” she says.

Wayland, Massachusetts acupuncturist Marisa Fanelli concurs on the power of ginger. “For indigestion and bloating, I swear by a cup of peppermint tea with thin slices of ginger and honey,” says Fanelli. “I let the tea steep for a good amount of time so that the ginger gets soft and absorbs some of the sweet taste of the honey. After I drink the tea, I eat the ginger. It’s my post-holiday cocktail, and it never fails to soothe my stomach and banish bloating.”

Steep some seeds

Corvalis, Oregon-based acupuncturist Brodie Welch recommends a concoction of steeped seeds to combat bloating.

“Grab a mug and throw in one-quarter teaspoon each of whole cumin seed, coriander seed, and fennel seed,” says Welch. “Cover with hot water and a lid to keep the volatile oils in. Strain and drink. All of these herbs are used in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda to benefit digestion, and decrease gas and bloating.”

Welch says it’s okay to add a couple of cardamom pods, slices of fresh ginger, and a little maple syrup to make the drink tastier.

Notice your reaction to certain foods

Sarah O’Leary, an acupuncturist at Mend Community Acupuncture in Baltimore, Maryland points out that bloating can be a sign of a mild intolerance to certain foods. “Notice when you bloat most. Is it after eating a bagel or other high-wheat-content food? After eating a lot of soy, in a latte or in the form of tofu? Or maybe dairy gets you feeling bad. Some guts have a hard time with one more more of these foods.”

O’Leary recommends switching things up to lighten the wheat-dairy-soy load for a week or two and then reintroducing the culprits one at a time. “Make sure to give yourself enough time to notice if you react with bloating,” says O’Leary. “Twenty-four hours should do it.”

Eat with the seasons

If after trying out O’Leary’s recommendation you discover that you can’t eat certain foods, Los Angeles acupuncturist Laura Drago suggests a good rule of thumb: “Eat with the season.”

Drago explains, “Stop eating salads after spring and summer. Cook your foods in the fall and winter. Eat foods that grow naturally at the time of year you’re in. If you don’t know what grows, eat what the farmer’s market sells!”

Enjoy a morning cocktail

Not that kind of cocktail. Daniella Weill, an acupuncturist and naturopath in Jerusalem, Israel recommends drinking the following concoction first thing in the morning: Squeezed juice from half a lemon and one teaspoon virgin olive oil, mixed into one glass of water.

“My patients who do this daily don’t need any pills for bloating, heartburn, or other digestive disorders,” says Weill.

Rub your belly

Acupuncturist Leona Marrs, of Los Angeles, recommends rubbing your belly in a clockwise direction to reduce bloating.

“My qigong teacher first showed this to me as a way to warm up your center, which stimulates Spleen and Stomach qi to guide digestion,” says Marrs. “I have many patients who complain of bloating, especially women, and it always seems to help move things along. I recommend 10 circles per day.”

Acupuncturist Angie Savva, of Sydney, Australia, adds, “In Chinese medicine, bloating and indigestion indicate that the qi in the abdomen is obstructed, so self-massage can help improve flow and regulate the functions of the digestive organs.”

Brian Huwe and Mary Beth Ladenheim, acupuncturists in Fincastle, Virgina, suggest a simple self-massage routine: “Lie comfortably on your back. Place one hand (right hand for women, left hand for men) above your belly button. Place your other hand on top of the first hand. Then move your hands together in a circle around your navel. Do this 100 times. Then reverse the direction of the circle and repeat 100 more times.”

Massage this point

Naomi Frank, co-owner of Toronto Community Acupuncture in Toronto, Canada, recommends performing self-acupressure on acupuncture point Triple Heater 6. It is located on the back of the wrist, approximately three inches up from the wrist crease (see picture at right).

“When needled, this point can almost instantly reduce bloating,” says Frank. “You have to be a little more persistent with acupressure, but it works just as well. Apply pressure for a minute or two, alternating sides, until you feel relief.”

Frank adds, “The beauty of acupressure is you don’t have to worry about the exact location. The whole area will be beneficial. Find a tender spot in the area and go for it.”

Take a walk

“Hands down, the best way to treat bloating, especially during the holidays, is to get the family together and take a walk after the big meal,” says Jeremy Cornish, an acupuncturist in Asheville, North Carolina.

“It doesn’t have to be a long walk, just enough physical movement to help stimulate digestion,” says Cornish. “Plopping down on the couch will slow down your system, and that stagnation causes the discomfort of bloating. Spending quality time walking with your loved ones is a great tradition—and not just for the digestive benefits!”


Los Angeles acupuncturist Kathleen Port recommends taking a full-spectrum digestive enzyme as soon as you start eating. “You can do this with each meal or just the larger meals,” says Port. If you suffer from bloating, Port also recommends asking your acupuncturist about the herbal formula Bao He Wan, sometimes known as Preserve Harmony Pill. Port says, “If it’s appropriate for you, taking it after dinner can help with bloating.”

Acupuncturist Michael Costa, of Culver City, California, recommends hydrochloric acid supplements. “Bloating after eating can be a sign that the stomach is not digesting food well,” explains Costa. “If you find yourself getting bloated after protein-heavy meals, taking a Betaine HCl supplement at the beginning of the meal can help create the right environment to efficiently break down protein.”

Costa notes that Betaine HCl is contraindicated in people with stomach ulcers. It’s always advisable to talk to a healthcare professional before taking any new supplement.

This article is intended as information only.


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Massage For Sports Injuries Key Factor In Recovery

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Sports Injuries – Remedial Massage Therapy Clinically Effective 

Whether you are a weekend warrior or a professional athlete, injuries are an unfortunate but common event for those participating in sport.  Twisted ankles, muscle strains, ligament damage, muscle tears, cartilage trauma, even fractures occur during a normal game of sport.  But remedial massage therapy can help.  Here is why:

INJURY DAMAGES TISSUE:  tissue damage (whether it be muscle, ligament, etc) results in a cascade of events starting at the time of injury including pain, swelling, and inflammation.  This reaction bring a cocktail of biochemical molecules to initiate a repair response in the body.

INJURY DISRUPTS NORMAL MUSCLE FUNCTION:  injury changes the way muscles work resulting in contractures, inflexibility, and altered biomechanics of the surrounding joints.  Muscles can function incorrectly after injury.

INJURY CAUSES FAULTY BIOMECHANICS:  biomechanics means the way muscles and joints work in unison.  Injury changes the tension relationship between muscles/joints, as well as damaging supportive ligamentous structures that promote proper function.


1. Reduce Muscle Contractures
2. Normalize Muscle Tension Relationships
3. Remodel Muscle Fibres
4. Remodel Ligament Structure
5. Promote Healthy Healing of Ligaments
6. Promote Healthy Healing of Muscles
7. Improve Blood Flow and Circulation
8. Reduce Pain Response
9. Improve Biomechanics
10. Improve Flexibilty
11. Improve Repair
12.  Improve Quicker Return To Sport
13.  Help Muscle Performance

Our qualified and experienced remedial massage therapist is available now for injury assessment and massage for sports injuries.  Your health reports, confidential medical history, and examination findings assist us in providing tailored sports injury massage treatment for recovery and healthy function.


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4 Ingredients For Healthy Bones – Arthritis Relief and More

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Arthritis Relief Castle Hill Norwest – Chiropractic and Health

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Poor bone health can put you at risk for osteoporosis (weak bones) and osteoarthritis, as well as more serious consequences such as spinal fractures and hip fractures.  But the spine and peripheral joints (hip, shoulder, etc) can be helped with some simple, regular habits to maximize bone integrity and strength for a healthier future.

LACK OF ONE INGREDIENT CAN PUT YOU AT RISK!  For those looking for arthritis relief Castle Hill, Norwest, Baulkham Hills, and more, the following are 4 key ingredients for healthy bones:

1. SUNLIGHT—is vital for Vitamin D. When the sun hits your skin, vitamin D stores are mobilized and are converted into their active form via liver/kidneys. This helps maintain strong bones in conjunction with calcium.
2. DIET—eat calcium rich foods such as dairy sources (cheese, yoghurt, milk, etc), almonds, sesame seeds, salmon/sardines, green vegetables.
3. EXERCISE—Wolff’s implies that “bones will remodel according to the forces placed upon them”, meaning that weight bearing exercise is crucial for stimulating strong bones. Fast walking, weights, running/sprints is key.
4. JOINT MOVEMENT—normal motion of a joint is critical for long term health. Left long enough, joint misalignments can create abnormal friction/wear on the surrounding tissues contributing to degeneration and/or arthritis.


Professor of Nutrition David Cameron-Smith advocates that the earlier you start the better. Looking after your bones early on in life, combined with healthy lifestyle choices will benefit you later in life to reduce risks such as osteoporosis and fractures.


The goal of preventative spinal chiropractic is optimal joint function. Your chiropractic doctor provides regular check-ups that are designed to detect abnormal joint function and administer alignment corrections to minimize pain and/or future damage. Keeping regular appointments is critical for a healthy spine and body.

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Shoulder Pain Relief: Chiropractic Can Assist Where Many Have Failed

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As chiropractors, we often see people with shoulder pain who have previously been to physical therapists, medical doctors, specialists, and even surgeons without success.  Why?  Let’s explain.  The shoulder is a mobile joint that depends LARGELY on the spine for support and thus function.  Think of the spine as the central support rod for the body and the arms as just the ‘hanging bits’ that attach to the support rod (like a puppets arms).  If the support rod is weak (i.e. if the spine is weak), the shoulders do not have a stable base of support to carry out their normal coordinated muscle movements.  This promotes dysfunction, pain, and degeneration.
Thus a weak and/or dysfunctional spine may be involved in problems like rotator cuff and muscle problems, frozen shoulder, problems lifting the arm above the head, repetitive strain injuries, and more.

Now as chiropractors we are not saying that the cause of all shoulder problems is the spine (of course you can have localized pathology in the shoulder from trauma or sudden overload), but the spine plays an integral part in shoulder function.  Problem areas could be as:
– the cervical spine (neck)
– the thoracic spine (in between shoulder blades)
– the lumbar spine/pelvis (lower back and hips)

Chiropractic helps address the cause of the problem in many shoulder pain cases which makes chiropractic a first-choice assessment for shoulder dysfunction.


– warm up your shoulders thoroughly before any sporting/throwing activity
– maintain good posture and avoid ‘slouching/slumping over’
– cervical neck roll may help to counteract computer posture
– avoid alcohol and cigarette consumption


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Relief may be just around the corner!
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Acupuncture For Arthritis: New Proven Research

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Acupuncture For Arthritis Castle Hill Norwest

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Acupuncture Proven By New Research As Best Out Of 25 For Arthritis

The Arthritis Research UK Charity has concluded that acupuncture is the most effective treatment for relieving pain, improving function, and quality of life. Acupuncture was found to be the best treatment for osteoarthritis after comparing research on 25 different modalities.

The following article has been shared from the Journal of Chinese Medicine and all credit goes to them. You can view the full article here

Acupuncture is the most effective complementary therapy for treating osteoarthritis, and also scores highly for other chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions, according to a report by the charity Arthritis Research UK. The report summarises current evidence for practitioner-based complementary therapies that are commonly used to treat rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain. The report found a lack of scientific evidence to support the use of most of the twenty-five therapies considered. Each therapy was scored according to its effectiveness on a scale of one to five, based on published data from clinical trials. Effectiveness was measured in terms of improvements in pain, disability or quality of life. In addition the safety of each therapy was graded as green, amber or red. The therapies that were shown to be the most effective were: acupuncture for osteoarthritis (scored 5), low back pain (4) and fibromyalgia (4); massage for fibromyalgia (5) and low back pain (5); tai chi for osteoarthritis (4); and yoga for back pain (4).

If you or your loved ones suffer from arthritis, call today to book your appointment.  Relief is available.
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Helena Nyssen
Ba. Applied Science (TCM)
Dip. Remedial Massage

Helena is a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner, and Remedial Massage Therapist at Journey Healthcare in Leichhardt & Gentle Care Chiropractic Norwest.
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Chiropractic For Disc Bulge

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Chiropractic For Disc Bulge:  Chiropractic VS Epidural Injection For Disc Herniations


Disc herniation (bulge) is condition where the spinal disc (the cushion between the vertebrae) weakens and protrudes. This can cause severe pain, inability to move, as well as sciatica and nerve pain into the legs and feet. The strongest proposed risk factor is past exposure to excessive loading (trauma, excess lifting, sports, falls). This excess spinal loading causes a structural defect in the disc and/or spinal bones. This can setup the spine for abnormal joint movement and accelerate disc wear and degeneration. Research from the Spine Journal 2006 confirms this.

In another study (2013 Peterson CK et al from JMPT), chiropractic was shown to be a superior treatment form than steroid epidural injection for disc herniation. Chiropractic patients had: – 76% reported ‘feeling better’ VS 62.5% – 60% reported ‘less pain’ VS 53% – 25% less medical bills Chiropractic addresses the cause of the problem which is disc herniation AND ab-normal joint movement. This makes chiropractic a first-choice treatment for disc bulge.


– avoid heavy lifting combined with bending/twisting
– maintain good posture and avoid ‘slouching/slumping over’
– maintain healthy weight and avoid obesity through smart food choices
– use a back support to maintain proper lower back alignment
– women drink 2.1L of fluid per day, and men 2.6L fluid


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Benefits of Green Tea – A Chinese Medicine Perspective

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Benefits of Green Tea – A Chinese Medicine Perspective

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Benefits of Green Tea – A Chinese Medicine Perspective For Healing

Helena Nyssen, our valued acupuncturist, masseuse, and Chinese Medicine Practitioner is offering FREE 15 MIN Chinese Medicine assessment (details at the end of the article), but first she  sheds some light and reveals some interesting truths about green tea and your health:

“Green tea is a favourite beverage for millions of people all over the world, and has strong cultural and ceremonial ties. Have you ever wondered if green tea is a good choice for you?

In Chinese Medicine, all foods, drinks, herbs, and medicines (food IS medicine, after all) have certain qualities and natures that will dictate how they affect the body. Below, you can learn about how green tea works and the actions it has on your health, particularly your digestive system.

Basic Properties of Green Tea

Nature       Cooling, Diuretic, Astringent

Actions      Cools the digestive system

Clears Heat and Toxins from Stomach/Spleen and Liver

Indications            Heat conditions, Damp conditions, Excess conditions

Contraindications            Cold constitution

Cold in the digestive system

What does it do?

 Actions            Improves memory, refreshes the mind, enhances alertness, aids       concentration, reduces anxiety, aids sleep, boosts immune system, regulates     blood glucose levels, clears heat and toxins from the digestive system, relieves diarrhoea, relieves constipation (from poor diet/dehydration)

 Good for          Those with a tendency towards Heat; they often feel hot, thirsty, agitated, red in the face, have very yellow and infrequent urination, headaches, diarrhoea of a hot/acute nature (dysentery, food poisoning), digestive inflammation (Crohn’s disease, IBS, colitis, enteritis), flatulence, bad breath, ulcers, constipation from toxicity (poor diet)

Contraindications            If you have a tendency to Cold (fatigue, diarrhoea, sensitive to cold and wind, cold hands and feet, weakness and lethargy) green tea will most likely make you feel unwell, you are better to try a more Heating tea such as chai, or add ginger to your green tea.

Don’t drink in late afternoon/evening as caffeine may disrupt sleep, but drinking earlier throughout day will promote sleep.  Give only weak green tea to kids.  Be careful drinking green tea if you are on medication because it may increase or decrease the actions of the medication.

Maximum 3-4 cups per day

Preparation:            For hot tea: water should have cooled slightly from boiling (about 70-80 degrees).

For cold tea: same as above, then allow to cool and add ice. Keep in fridge. Good for Summer. This will greatly increase its Cooling properties.

Tea should be infused, not strongly steeped; a tea strainer comes in handy.  The same leaves can be used for a second pot/cup. This will make the flavour much more subtle and reduces the caffeine content.  Add a few goji berries to the mix to Warm the tea, boost your energy levels, and increase longevity.


It’s important to know your body and you constitutional tendencies when choosing foods. If you would like more information about your internal health and your ideal diet, we have free 15 minute Chinese Medicine diagnostic sessions available.
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Happy tea drinking!

Ms Helena Nyssen.

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Acupuncture For Fibromyalgia

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Acupuncture For Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture For Fibromyalgia:  Helena Nyssen in Castle Hill Norwest Shares New Research

New Research Concludes Acupuncture is Effective in Alleviating Symptoms

Acupuncture has long been used for the relief and resolution of pain, tension, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and digestive complaints. A fibromyalgia sufferer may present with all of the above, and new research has found acupuncture to be an effective solution for these health concerns.

The following article was accessed from and all credit goes to them. You can access the full article and website here.

Acupuncture Alleviates Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia patients are often prescribed a host of medications like antidepressants, anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, and non-opioid analgesics. While these medications can help to control symptoms in this chronic condition, opioid painkillers may actually worsen outcomes in fibromyalgia patients if used for long periods, according to new research.

Previous studies have shown that exercise therapies and chiropractic care may offer a safer, non-drug method for alleviating pain in fibromyalgia patients. Now a new study shows that acupuncture can also provide effective relief for several fibromyalgia symptoms.

The study included eight women with fibromyalgia who were treated with acupuncture. Practitioners applied acupuncture needles to five active tender points in the upper body. Researchers measured patients’ pressure pain sensitivity, or their ability to tolerate pain. They also evaluated anxiety, depression, quality of life, and symptoms using a number of questionnaires.

After eight weeks,  the patients had improved symptoms including a 78% reduction in anxiety scores and a 55% reduction in depression scores. They also had substantially decreased pressure pain sensitivity, better quality of life scores, and many noted reductions in gastrointestinal symptoms.

Researchers highlighted a number of possible mechanisms behind this improvement in symptoms. Fibromyalgia often causes patients to develop trigger points, or hyperirritable points of pain located in taut muscle fibers. These active trigger points have increased levels of chemicals like SP and CGRP, which activate and sensitize pain receptors. This is associated with sensitization of the central nervous system, affecting your ability to properly process pain. Acupuncture needles have been shown to decrease SP and CGRP chemicals, which corresponds with the clinical observation of immediate reductions and tenderness in pain after acupuncture.

Another form of acupuncture, called dry needling, has also been found to improve chronic pain symptoms. During dry needling, acupuncture needles create tiny lesions where the needle is inserted in the skin. Your body reacts to heal these tiny lesions, which “stimulates neural pathways that block pain by disrupting pain signals sent to the central nervous system.”

The authors concluded that “these results suggest that acupuncture is capable of providing improvement that is additional to the improvement provided by standard medication in the treatment of FMS.”

If you suffer from symptoms of fatigue, pain, headache, muscle tension, trigger points, muscle knots, multiple muscle soreness, our acupuncture for fibromyalgia may be your solution. At Gentle Care Chiropractic Norwest Castle Hill we focus on treatment to get you better, quicker.

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Chiropractic For Chronic Muscle Pain In Back

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Chiropractic For Chronic Muscle Pain In Back

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Long Term Myofascial Pain Helped By Chiropractic:  37% of men and 65% of women suffer from chronic muscle pain.

Castle Hill Chiropractor (and Norwest) Dr Bryan Hornby of Gentle Care Chiropractic Norwest explains how chiropractic can help ease muscle pain with treatment for those that have been suffering long term with myofascial pain syndrome and chronic muscle tension:

Myofascial (or muscle) pain is a chronic problem for a large portion of the middle-age community, and as the elderly population is expected to double by 2040, chronic muscle pain may be on the rise. But there is help with chiropractic treatment.
Spinal alignments performed by chiropractors reduce muscle pain two fold:
1 – by ’resetting’ microscopic parts of the muscle, called Golgi tendons. When treat-ment is performed, activation of the Golgi tendons sending nerve signals to the brain to tell the muscles to relax.
2 – by affecting pain fibres, called nociceptors. The treatment reduces stress on the over-active pain fibres to produce an immediate improvement in your pain level. A recent study by Srbely J et al in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies (JMPT) 2013 confirms these findings.

Our chiropractic is different because we perform a whole body assessment and treatment for muscle pain.  Pain in one are can be influenced by distal (far away) muscle groups.  For example, the ‘posterior sling’ is a group of muscles linking the lower back to the shoulders.  Chronic shoulder tension may be influenced by a bad lower back and hypertonic (tight) hip flexors or pelvic asymmetries (pelvic rotation and/or weakness).  For lasting results and/or a more dynamic approach to muscle pain, we deliver with a full-body assessment and treatment for relief.

At home tips include:
– get regular exercise and stretching to assist with normal joint function
– maintain good posture – maintain a balanced diet including 2 servings of fruit/5 servings of vegetables, particularly the green leafy variety (caution those on medication, please consult a professional before making changes to your health).
– women drink 2.1L of fluid per day, and men 2.6L fluid

***WE ALSO OFFER A FREE “GOOD JOINTS EATING GUIDE” available upon request at reception.

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