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September 20, 2017 • Sticky Post

Mild Stroke Instant Improvement Scalp Acupuncture

What is Scalp Acupuncture?

Scalp acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to ancient China. In modern acupuncture today it is one the most common treatments used for post-stroke recovery and as the name suggests, involves inserting acupuncture needles into acupoints in the scalp. In fact, scalp acupuncture rather than regular body treatment appears to be much more effective at treating neurological conditions including stroke.

How can it assist stroke recovery?

Scalp acupuncture can be an effective way to improve neurological symptoms, including difficulty speaking/writing/reading, memory loss & reduction of motor skills, which can occur post-stroke.

The acupuncture needle insertion sites, being much closer to the affected areas of the brain, are believed to encourage the brains neuroplasticity by stimulating the cerebral cortex (region of the brain responsible for memory, perception, learning, cognition, awareness, language & motor function) (1). The needles are often stimulated slightly by the acupuncturist (this cannot be felt by the patient) and often left in for a number of hours afterwards.

 

stroke treatment Brisbane

Research (2) has suggested that scalp acupuncture may be effective due to the influence it has on the following factors:

  • reducing brain odema (swelling)
  • promote repair of blood brain barrier to prevent further damage occurring from unwanted molecules crossing this essential barrier.
  • reducing chronic inflammation to allow for brain tissue repair
  • improving neuron function & communication allowing for faster recovery & return of normal functionality.

One of the most important factors of treatment is TIME. The sooner treatment begins the better the outcome. However, this is not always the case, positive results may still be seen if treatment begins beyond the ‘3-6 month’ recommended recovery window. Even years later treatment may still be effective. It’s never too late to consider treatment.

 

 

 

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

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December 11, 2017

Can Acupuncture Assist in Management of Anxiety?

Anxiety is a very common condition, in fact, it’s the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. That’s a lot of people experiencing anxiety.

It’s important to understand that anxiety is much more than just feeling stressed or worried from time to time, It’s a chronic mental health condition & for many individuals can become a lifelong battle. It is characterised by ‘a persistent feeling of dread, apprehension & impending disaster or tension and uneasiness’ and so much so that it’s significant impairs the individual’s ability to live a normal life. Everyday tasks can become incredibly difficult & even a major trigger in some cases.

Acupuncture is a non-invasive alternative medicine modality which has been successfully used in the treatment of anxiety for many years. So how exactly does it help manage anxiety & how do I know if I’m the right candidate?….

acupuncture anxiety

acupuncture may be able to help for anxiety

Can Acupuncture help manage Anxiety?

There are many different strategies that can be utilised to aid in the management of anxiety. Acupuncture may be successfully used to alleviate symptoms associated with anxiety & assist the individuals’ recovery. In fact, research is beginning to catch up & prove the capability of acupuncture to reduce chronic symptoms associated with anxiety.

A literature review published in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) (2007), focusing on the efficacy of using acupuncture to relieve anxiety, compared results from 10 randomised control trials. They concluded that acupuncture was beneficial for the management of both situational & generalised anxiety. In a separate literature review published in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics (2011) researchers found that acupuncture was as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety.

 

Will Acupuncture be right for me?

Due to acupuncture’s non-invasive & gentle nature it really is suitable for anyone. However always consult with your health care professional prior to commencement of any new treatment strategies.

acupuncture anxiety

acupuncture anxiety

How does Acupuncture help manage anxiety?

The principle by which acupuncture is able to assist individuals manage their anxiety is based upon the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy that health is dependent of the fluent & balanced movement of energy throughout the main channels of the body. Intense stress & emotion, as experienced during anxiety, begins to disrupt & block this flow of energy resulting in a number of the chronic physical & psychological symptoms suffers may experience including panic, sweating, headaches, muscle tension & even insomnia.

Acupuncture seeks to address imbalances between body, mind, emotions & spirit. It achieves this by improving circulation & oxygenation of the entire body, particularly the brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate the nervous system & facilitate natural production of endorphins & enkephalins, the body’s natural feel good hormones. This essentially means that acupuncture aims to alleviate stress & reduce the impact it has on physical & emotional health by essentially “resetting the nervous system”.

 

If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety and would like to inquire about treatment options please email info@artofacupuncture.com.au or click here to book a consultation.

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

 

Reference

  1. Beyond Blue (Anxiety) https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety
  2. Pilkington K, Kirkwood G, Rampes H, et al’ Acupuncture for anxiety and anxiety disorders – a systematic literature review’, Acupuncture in Medicine 2007;25:1-10.
  3. Errington-Evans, N, ‘Acupuncture for Anxiety’, CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics2011,
September 24, 2017

Stroke Recovery With Acupuncture 

Stroke is a very common & debilitating health issue with one stroke occurring every minute. In fact, stroke is one of Australia’s leading causes of fatality & disability. Post-stroke active rehabilitation, including therapies such as scalp acupuncture, may assist greatly in recovery from stroke, allowing patients to regain function & mobility.

stroke recovery Brisbane

What is Stroke?

A stroke occurs from of an acute lack of blood supply to the brain, caused by either a blockage (ischaemic) or rupture of blood vessels (haemorrhagic). The blood supplies the brain with essential oxygen & nutrients, it’s when this supply is interrupted that the brains cells become starved & stroke occurs. Stroke onset is immediate and can occur to anyone at any age. The region of the brain which becomes effected determines the specific set of symptoms which can persist post-stroke including limited mobility, memory loss & speech impairment.

Types of Stroke

  • Ischaemic stroke is the most common type of stroke which can occur. In fact, upwards of 90% of all strokes are of this variety. An ischaemic stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted as a result of a blood clot or plaque build-up that restricted blood flow to the brain.

An ischaemic stroke can also be either embolic (clot that forms & travels) or thrombotic (clot that forms but doesn’t travel i.e. atherosclerosis)

  • Haemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood vessels in the brain rupture & leak, spilling blood into the brain, causing damage to nearby neurons & brain tissue. This type of stroke is much less common but much more severe.

Most people are familiar with the term aneurysm, this is in fact a type of haemorrhagic stroke and occurs when sections of the blood vessel walls begin to bulge, fill with blood & eventually rupture.

  • Transient Ischemic Attacks, otherwise known as “mini strokes”, occur when there is partial or temporary restriction of blood flow to the brain, rather than complete blockage. This type of stroke may occur prior to a more severe attack, therefore even if symptoms subside medical attention should be sought immediately.

Risk Factors

There are a number of well-known risk factors associated with stroke, some of which may be managed through regular acupuncture treatment, dietary changes & regular exercise. These include:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arties)
  • Cigarette & alcohol consumption
  • Poor diet & exercise
  • Chronic stress
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Goal of Treatment

The goal of any treatment, medical or alternative, is to improve the patient’s quality of life & help them regain normal function & mobility. Assisting patients with management of emotional stress throughout the recovery process is also of great priority. With any treatment no results are guaranteed as recovery from stroke is always case-by-case dependent, no one recovery will be the same.

Scalp Acupuncture for Stroke Brisbane

What is Scalp Acupuncture?

Scalp acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to ancient China. In modern acupuncture today it is one the most common treatments used for post-stroke recovery and as the name suggests, involves inserting acupuncture needles into acupoints in the scalp. In fact, scalp acupuncture rather than regular body treatment appears to be much more effective at treating neurological conditions including stroke.

How can it assist stroke recovery?

Scalp acupuncture can be an effective way to improve neurological symptoms, including difficulty speaking/writing/reading, memory loss & reduction of motor skills, which can occur post-stroke.

The acupuncture needle insertion sites, being much closer to the affected areas of the brain, are believed to encourage the brains neuroplasticity by stimulating the cerebral cortex (region of the brain responsible for memory, perception, learning, cognition, awareness, language & motor function) (1). The needles are often stimulated slightly by the acupuncturist (this cannot be felt by the patient) and often left in for a number of hours afterwards.

Research (2) has suggested that scalp acupuncture may be effective due to the influence it has on the following factors:

  • reducing brain odema (swelling)
  • promote repair of blood brain barrier to prevent further damage occurring from unwanted molecules crossing this essential barrier.
  • reducing chronic inflammation to allow for brain tissue repair
  • improving neuron function & communication allowing for faster recovery & return of normal functionality.

One of the most important factors of treatment is TIME. The sooner treatment begins the better the outcome. However, this is not always the case, positive results may still be seen if treatment begins beyond the ‘3-6 month’ recommended recovery window. Even years later treatment may still be effective. It’s never too late to consider treatment.

Remember Prevention is just as important!

Acupuncture may be successfully used, in conjunction with a healthy diet & exercise regime to prevent stroke, as it may assist in encouraging healthy blood flow & microcirculation within the brain. This may be especially helpful if a strong family history or a number of risk factors, including hypertension, high cholesterol & chronic stress are also present.

If you or a loved one has been affected by stroke and are interested in scalp acupuncture please call (07) 3399 1002, email info@artofacupuncture.com.au or click here to book a consultation.

 

The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site. This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

References

  1. Neuroplasticity Changes on Human Motor Cortex Induced by Acupuncture Therapy: A Preliminary Study https://www.hindawi.com/journals/np/2017/4716792/
  1. History and Mechanism for Treatment of Intracerebral Hemorrhage with Scalp Acupuncture https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/895032/
  1. https://strokefoundation.org.au/About-Stroke/Types-of-stroke/Haemorrhagic-stroke-bleed-in-the-brain
September 11, 2017

Frozen Shoulder Treatment Acupuncture

Frozen Shoulder Treatment

 

F, Frozen shoudler 9 months. After two lots of steroid injections and intensive physio, nothing was working. Limited ROM adduction and abduction and internal rotation. Sharp dull achy pain througout the day and severe pain at night. We were able to get some good ROM back afer the first session, Sept 9, 2017, and we worked more on pain relief this follow up session.

Generally, a course of 8 treatment sessions is recommended. Once the pain is stabilised and range of motion has restored, Patients are given exercises to rebuild the weakened muscles. Without treatment and proper care, frozen shoulder can last anywhere from 8-19 months.

If you have any questions regarding frozen shoulder please feel free to contact us: info@artofacupuncture.com.au

 

*All vidoes filmed with informed & written consent.

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

August 24, 2017

Scalp Acupuncture for Dizziness

Scalp Acupuncture for Dizziness

Wife had dizziness the other day and we did a quick treatment.

 

 

 

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

July 8, 2017

Tai chi & Acupuncture Therapy

Tai chi & Acupuncture Therapy

 

 

Been incorporating more exercises for treatment for balance problems. Movements and exercise such as tai chi get the muscles and balance going. After the needles are put in and once the patient feels more confident walked were implementing exercises and homework to do.

 

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

June 1, 2017

Brain Injury Improvement with Acupuncture


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Patient 75, M. Traumatic brain injury 2015. Has had balance hearing and low back problems since. We first tested the gait tandem (walk a straight line and he was unable to do so properly)

Since the cerebellum was the effected part the rain in charge of balance we needled the corresponding points. His balance was able to improve within the first 12 minutes. It took a few more treatments to stablise and keep the consistent results but he is doing much better today.

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

Art of Acupuncture Brisbane
Vive Health Clinic
36 Riding Rd Hawthorne QLD
Phone number 07 3399 1002

*Results may vary from person to person. Videos are for demonstration purposes only. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

 

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May 16, 2017

Acupuncture for Wife’s Foot Pain

 

Acupuncture for Wife’s Foot Pain

My Wife recently had foot pain so we decided to do some points for the scalp. The first few minutes did not really do anything so we tried other acupuncture points roughly about 20 minutes later she started to feel the pain “melt” away.

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

April 20, 2017

Bell’s Palsy Treatment

This was a recent Bell’s Palsy patient that came in on the third week of onset. He was not responding very well to steroidal treatment and was looking for something to help. The inflammation of the facial nerve was not very severe and we were able to get a bit more movement back in the face after the first session.

After needle insertion we had the patient mobilise the face and do specific exercises for the affected areas.

Along with herbal therapy, we were able to get some good results after 6 weeks.

 

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

April 11, 2017

Constipation Acupressure for babies


Paediatric Tui Na for constipation

Our baby daughter recently had a bit of constipation. It was about 7 days so we decided to try some paediatric massage.

We did some techniques and acupressure points correlating to the digestive system.

 

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

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