Pain & fatigue disorders treated with Acupuncture
Sciatica and Back Pain
Acupuncture can be very effective for spinal conditions such as sciatica and lower back pain. The approach to these conditions is usually a multidisciplinary approach involving a combination of spinal manipulation, muscle energy techniques (MET), trigger point therapy, acupuncture and massage. In addition advise on rehabilitation exercise routines and lifestyle changes will be given. The combination of techniques is very effective for reducing back and neck pain and in most cases patients should notice a marked improvement in their condition within one or two treatments.
Acupuncture for Painful joints.Acupuncture is used to treat painful conditions such as:- shoulder, hip, knee, elbow and ankle pain. These conditions respond well to acupuncture treatment especially when combined with the use of Moxa and electro-acupuncture.
Headache & MigraineRegular acupuncture and cervical spinal manipulation can be used to treat headaches and migraine. In most cases their severity and duration is reduced.
Trigeminal neuralgiaTrigeminal neuralgia known as suicide or Fothergill’s disease. Acupuncture used on a regular basis can have a very beneficial effect on this condition reducing the severity of attacks and also the time between episodes. In some cases the condition may move into long periods of remission. Acupuncture can also be used as a great adjunct to conventional treatment often reducing the dose of drug needed to control the condition.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia SyndromeChronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that affects everyday life and doesn't go away with sleep or rest. In some cases it is accompanied by widespread pain and be diagnosed as a condition called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can prove very effective in reducing pain and muscle stiffness, improving energy levels and quality of sleep.
Multiple sclerosisAcupuncture may provide relief for some MS-related symptoms, including pain, spasticity, numbness and tingling, bladder problems, and depression. Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically help to relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis by:
• reducing numbers of inflammatory and CD4 T cells. This accompanied improved paralytic symptoms in a rat model of MS (Kim 2012); • promoting NT-3 (a protein growth factor that supports neuronal survival) expression, increasing the cell number and differentiation of endogenous oligodendrocyte precursor cells, and causing remyelination and functional improvement of the demyelinated spinal cord (Huang 2011);
• acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry (Hui 2010; Hui 2009);
• increasing the release of adenosine, which has antinociceptive properties (Goldman 2010;
• improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling;
• reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kavoussi 2007).