10 things you should know about acupuncture

  1. Acupuncture is an ancient technique with an oriental heritage, but today it is practised all over the world.
  2. To practice acupuncture in Australia you must have a bachelor degree in acupuncture and you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  3. Acupuncture differs from dry needling in many ways, however one primary difference is that after the needles are inserted, they are left in place for around 20-minutes. In dry needling, the needles are left in place for between 30-seconds and 2-minutes. Acupuncture needling is generally more gentle than dry needling techniques.
  4. The needles used for acupuncture are single use only and are very fine, not much thicker than a hair!
  5. Acupuncture can be used to aid in relieving pain and stiffness.
  6. Acupuncture can help treat many other conditions including headaches, digestive disorders and women’s health issues.
  7. Acupuncture and massage can be used together in a single session. Both techniques are part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice.
  8. Other painful conditions that may benefit from acupuncture are tennis elbow, arthritis and sprains.
  9. Facial acupuncture may also reduce signs of ageing.
  10. Additionally, most people find acupuncture very relaxing!

If you think that acupuncture could benefit you or would like some further information, please feel free to book a Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation with our experienced practitioner, Lee Christison or contact Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre reception on:

Spring has sprung – 10 things to know about hay fever, acupuncture & herbal medicine

1. We love spring but it also means more pollen in the air!

2. For hay fever sufferers more pollen (allergens) can lead to blocked sinus, itchy eyes & throat, tearing, sneezing, congestion and in some cases wheezing, asthma and hives.

3. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) may be able to help alleviate these symptoms and strengthen the body’s immune system, so you’re less susceptible to allergic reaction.

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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

With a history stretching back thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a unique system of healthcare that can be applied to all manifestations of illness and disease. Although an ancient system, it has continually evolved along with the causes of many illnesses. Today much empirical Western scientific research is being undertaken to better understand the mechanisms and efficacy of TCM from a Western viewpoint, with positive results.

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The Paleo Diet and Autoimmunity

Late last year I developed some troubling symptoms: severe fatigue, shortness of breath after light exercise, dizziness and a range of digestive symptoms. I also fell ill with several colds in the space of only a few months, which proved difficult to shake. Knowing a thing or two about the human body, I had an inkling that my blood iron levels might be low, so off I went for a blood test. As suspected, the results showed iron deficiency, along with iodine deficiency and also some low levels of autoimmune antibodies (which we will touch on shortly). Although these results explained my symptoms, the cause of the issues were not so clear.

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What Are The Benefits Of Dry Needling?

Dry Needling does not sound like a very inviting treatment and personally I think this very effective technique should be renamed because nobody wants to be poked and prodded with a dry needle!  However, the benefits of dry needling are manifold and once you have experienced positive results, it is easy to overcome the intimidating insinuations present in the name.

So let’s talk about the how dry needling works and some of its benefits….

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Athletic Benefits of Myotherapy & Remedial Massage

Remedial Massage and Myotherapy can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise, athletic training or over-use. Treatment can also assist you to train more efficiently and improve performance outcomes.

Myotherapy assesses and physically treats myofascial pain and injury that may affect movement and mobility. It involves predominately deep soft tissue massage as well as cupping, dry needling and stretching.

Evidenced based research supports the following benefits of Remedial Massage & Myotherapy for athletes of every variety and level.

  • Improved joint range of motion and joint function
  • Increased joint stability and flexibility
  • Increased blood, nutrient and oxygen flow
  • Increased elimination of toxicity from tissues (lactic acid and metabolic bi-products)
  • Increased musculoskeletal symmetry and balance, which leads to improved biomechanics and efficient movement
  • Improved sense of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Decreased tension and contraction (hypertonicity) of myofascial tissue
  • Decreased risk injury due to repetitive strain, overuse and biomechanical dysfunction
  • Decreased muscular spasms
  • Improved quality of sleep and training recovery
  • Improved immune function
  • Improved neurological function

This long list of benefits combine to assist with improved athletic performance.

Regular and consistent treatment is essential for results. Individual treatment plans are created to assist you in reaching your goals.

Simple But Effective Yoga Poses for Office Workers – Part 1

Here are some suggested yoga exercises for those of you who spend long periods sitting, at work, in the car, at home on the couch etc, etc… Whilst maintaining a sitting position the body is forced into a static, rigid posture. Maintenance of this sitting posture for long periods causes postural strain, muscle fatigue, pain and biomechanical dysfunction. These simple yoga poses can be practiced daily to help counteract the detrimental effects of sitting for long periods. Read more