Acupuncture for Pain Relief

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Acupuncture helps relieve your pain via a few different theories

  • the gate control theory
  • the theory of increasing your endorphins
  • the theory of increasing blood circulation (which contains macrophages to help clear up injured tissue ) and decreasing inflammation.
  • Please phone Tanya Galvin on 0408 054538 or email tanyagalvin@hotmail.com.

There are different types of pain:

  • acute pain starts suddenly and is short-term
  • chronic pain lasts for a longer period of time
  • breakthrough pain often happens in between regular, scheduled painkillers
  • bone pain happens when cancer is affecting a bone
  • soft tissue pain happens when organs, muscles or tissues are damaged or inflamed
  • nerve pain happens when a nerve is damaged
  • referred pain is when pain from one part of your body is felt in another
  • phantom pain is when there is pain in a part of the body that has been removed
  • total pain includes the emotional, social and spiritual factors that affect a person’s pain experience.

Pain does not feel the same for everyone. Describing your pain clearly will help your doctor or nurse find the best treatment for you. Tell your healthcare team where the pain is, what it is like (for example dull, sharp, burning), how bad it is and when it happens.

Pain is a distressing feeling often caused by intense or damaging stimuli. The International Association for the Study of Pain‘s widely used definition defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”[1], however, due to it being a complex, subjective phenomenon, defining pain has been a challenge. In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition.

Pain motivates the individual to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future.[2] Most pain resolves once the noxious stimulus is removed and the body has healed, but it may persist despite removal of the stimulus and apparent healing of the body. Sometimes pain arises in the absence of any detectable stimulus, damage or disease.[3]

Pain is the most common reason for physician consultation in most developed countries.[4][5] It is a major symptom in many medical conditions, and can interfere with a person’s quality of life and general functioning.

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The beginning of Cairns Acupuncture –

This is a story that started in Victoria, went all over the world and came back and landed in Cairns –

After Graduating from her Bachelor of Health Science – Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture (with honours!!)  Tanya Galvin opened Synergy Acupuncture clinic in 2002 in Shepparton, Victoria.

In 2008  Tanya traveled the world working as an Acupuncturist, hypnotherapist, kinesiologist, spa therapist and Massage therapist on Cruise Ships around the world for Royal Carribean and Princess Cruise lines.

After five promotions to bigger and better cruise ships as a reward for doing a great job she decided to settle back in Australia.

Cairns Acupuncture was born….Tanya now uses all her treatment modalities to run a successful and busy mobile clinical practice!

This clinical practice is now expanding to cover Palm Cove and Cairns as well as Port Douglas!

What is Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (orthopedic massage) and Qi Gong (meditation and energy healing.)

With a history of almost 3000 years it is still used extensively today to treat literally millions of people around the world.

Acupuncture affects the physiological functioning of the body by the insertion of fine needles into particular reflex points all over the body.

 

How does acupuncture work?

 

Medically acupuncture works by regulating carious systems in the body – hormonal, nervous, immune, circulatory, muscular etc.

In traditional Chinese Medicine theory, acupuncture regulates the flow of qi (pronounced chee), a type of unseen energy or electromagnetic force traveling in a system of channels which connect acupncture points to tissues and organs.

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Does it Hurt?

Some sensitive patients do feel some discomfort when the needles first go in, but most people are pleasantly surprised at how comfortable acupuncture therapy is, often falling asleep on the treatment table. The needles are generally between 0.2 and 0.25mm in width. Five of these fit in the bore of one hyperdermic needle….they are as fine as a human hair!

They are inserted quickly to minimize skin pain, and when correctly stimulated, there is a feeling of tingling, mild cramping or an electric sensation at the point.

 

How deep the needles are inserted varies from a few millimetres to a couple of inches or more depending on the size of the patient and where the point lies on the body.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pain

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Do Acupuncturist have to study in China?

 

Australia is leading the western world in it’s availability of university based degree courses in Chinese Medicine – majoring in acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, or both – and most of these institutions have affiliations with Chinese Medicine teaching hospitals to provide an opportunity for post-graduate study. Chinese Medicine practitioners are now governed by new ligeslation passed on by Australian Government preventing unqualified people from calling themselves Acupuncturists or Chinese Medicine Practitioners.

 

Please phone Tanya on 0408 054 538 or email tanyagalvin@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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