Osteoarthritis help Cairns

osteoarthritis cairns

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Acupuncture may be able to asssist with the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis can be seen to affect the joints especially of the lower body such as the lower back, hips and knees.

Osteoarthritis is often diagnosed in relation to the spine, hips and knees.  Acupuncturists have successfully treated this condition for many years using needles, moxibustion and chinese herbal medicine if it is indicated (and doesn’t interfere with the current medications your are taking.

In a normal joint the ends of the bones are covered in cartiliage to protect the bones.  These joints have fluid which also lubricates the joint…known as synovial fluid.  This fluid acts as a shock absorber to take the impact inside the joint and minimise the stress inside the joint.

When the synovial fluid becomes less and less it looses its ablility to absorb the impact inside the joint….and therefore be less able to act as a cushion.

After this occurs the cartilage at the ends of the bones becomes less and it wears away and occasionally means the bones themselves are exposed.

This set of circumstance may occur over time due to age, obesity, a small change in the bones of the joint, injury to the joint from sports, long term excessive wear and tear of the joints.  Any other accidents of injuries to the joints.

Best foods for arthritis

oil fish

red onions and garlic

turmeric

olives

berries

vegetables (strong colours)

Worst foods

Sugar and refined  carbohydrates

dairy products

meat

coffee.

Diagnosis

At times, pain that radiates from the back to the knee or hip may in fact be a joint problem, such as OA. Further workup should be done to try to rule out this source of pain.osteoarthritis cairns

Osteoarthritis mostly presents with the symptom of pain.  The condition may interfere with movement and may be present even at rest.  The sufferer may even loose some range of movement.  The joint may be stiff and swollen.  We can use acupuncture needles around the joint to increase the range of movement again, decrease the pain and inflammation.  We may suggest homework such as taping or body brushing around the joint.

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

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.

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.

osteoarthritis cairns

How does acupuncture work?

osteoarthritis cairns

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.

Acupuncture for Pain Relief

Does it Hurt?

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

www.cairnsmassage.net.au

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