At Barangaroo Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Clinic you will experience the benefits of this 5000-year-old discipline in the hands of our experienced and effective practitioners that apply the best of today’s science to this ancient art.
Using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), our practitioners will assess your health concerns using traditional techniques such as pulse and tongue diagnosis, as well as exploring how your body is functioning, your signs and symptoms through comprehensive questioning. These methods help them to identify the energetic imbalances, blockages or weaknesses that may be affecting your health.
According to the principles of TCM, the best care is preventative, and the primary goal of treatment is to address the underlying cause of presenting health issues and ultimately to help you to stay well for the long-term. The skill of your practitioner is to identify the imbalances in your body early, so they can be addressed before they become bigger problems serious illness.
What does Acupuncture treatment involve?
Acupuncture treatment usually involves the stimulation of specific points on your body, called acupoints, with acupuncture needles or massaging these points using acupressure.
Acupuncturists insert very fine, sterile needles, into the body into carefully located acupuncture points that are situated along the meridian pathways. Acupuncture seeks to correct the imbalances in the body’s energy channels and encourages the body to heal itself. As the needles are so fine (as fine as a piece of hair) and because it is very different from other medical needles, the sensation is very subtle, which is why so many patients find acupuncture treatment very relaxing.
Chinese herbal medicine, cold laser therapy, cupping and other treatments may be used alone or in addition to acupuncture.
What Can Acupuncture Treat
Acupuncture is effective in helping to treat and manage a wide variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, digestive, immune, respiratory, gynaecological, urological and emotional disorders.
The World Health Organisation recognises acupuncture as an effective treatment for wide variety of problems, including the following conditions:
- Digestive Disorders – such as IBS, constipation, reflux, indigestion.
- Women’s Health Issues – such as menstrual cycle problems, hormonal problems, painful and irregular periods, menopausal symptoms, PCOS, fibroids and infertility.
- Men’s Health Issues – such as hormone problems, enlarged prostate, poor erectile function and fertility issues.
- Fertility and Pregnancy
- Headaches and Migraines
- Skin Conditions – such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and acne
- Musculoskeletal Problems – such as back and neck pain, frozen shoulder, strains, sprains, tennis elbow and fibromyalgia
- Arthritic Problems such as the pain and restricted movement of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other types of rheumatism
- Sleep Problems – such as insomnia and night sweats
- Allergies, Hayfever and Sinusitis
- Common Cold and Flu
- Respiratory Problems – such as asthma, bronchitis and chronic cough
- Cancer Support – to help reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, improve immune health and enhance recovery.
- Stress and stress-related problems
- Anxiety and Depression
- General Wellbeing – regular acupuncture is excellent to help maintain wellness and to take a preventative approach to your health
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is another age-old proven medicine treatment. Chinese herbal medicine is a natural and refined way of using herbal products to promote health and overcome disease. Traditionally, Chinese herbal medicine uses a variety of different ingredients to brew a strong tea.
A typical herbal formula may be comprised of somewhere between 5 to 20 Chinese herbs, skilfully combined to create a well-balanced, targeted formula to suit the patient.
Herbal granules/ pills and capsules are used in clinic. Its manufactured in a carefully controlled process that begins by cooking raw herbs in water until a concentrated liquid is obtained. A special extraction method captures and preserves the volatile oils, which are later added back to the herb product.
State of the art testing is performed on the herb granules/pills/capsules and only those passing high standards for safety and efficacy are used. Laboratory tests check for potential microbes and other contaminants.
For granules gas chromatography (GC) testing is used to detect potentially harmful pesticides and herbicides, Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) assesses the concentration of heavy metals, and High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) measures the potency of active ingredients.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy, or laser therapy that uses low levels of light to stimulate healing. Unlike surgical or aesthetic lasers, it does not cause your tissues to heat up and therefore provides a safe, painless and efficient form of therapy for patients.
Cold laser therapy is sometimes called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), or soft laser. In Cold Laser therapy, a low-level light is applied directly to a problem area, usually an area afflicted by pain or inflammation. Tissues absorb the light, which leads damaged cells to have a physiological reaction to the red and infrared light. This reaction happens on biological and chemical level which promotes the regeneration of damaged cells.
Cold laser therapy is used as a safe, efficient and painless treatment for tissue repair and relief from pain and inflammation. The main uses for cold laser therapy are tissue repair, relief from pain and inflammation.
Myofascial Cupping has been used for thousands of years in Asia and it is still being widely used for benefit of muscular disorders. It was recently used in the 2016 Rio Olympic games for pre- and post-competition recovery.
It is used specifically to decompress adhesion’s and scar tissue, relax muscles in spasm, decrease trigger point pain, and decrease tissue changes and inflammation following trauma. Cumulative treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, increase lymphatic drainage and enhances overall ability to recover from workouts and strenuous activity.
Myofascial Cupping uses cups specifically used for ‘dragging’ or ‘gliding’. A special massage oil is placed on the skin first and the cups are gently moved across the skin, usually along meridians or fascia / muscle planes.