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September 25, 2018

How to do Acupressure: Natural Labour Induction

Acupressure Natural Labour Induction

Youtube Video HERE

Inducing Labour Natually with Acupressure:
 
Natural Labour induction one of the top reasons why people come see us at our Acunpuncture clinic.
 
Here are some acupressure points that we usually give our patients that are ready to give birth and would like to get the birthing process going:
 
Li4- located between you index finger and thumb. If you make a slight fist you will see the highest point come up like a mound.(see video). Press or knead for 15-20 or 30 seconds for 1-2 min every few hours.
Can do both sides alternating.
 
GB21 – On the line midway between your cerical spine and outside bone of shoulder. Tender spot in the middle of your trapezius muscle (see video) Press or knead for 15-20 or 30 seconds for 1-2 min every few hours. Also can done both sides or alternating.
Sp6- On the inside ankle 4 finger breadths away from the inner ankle just off the shin bone. Tender achy spot should be felt when pressing.
Press or knead for 15-20 or 30 seconds for 1-2 min every few hours. Also can done both sides or alternating.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to for natural labour induction through acupuncture give us a call or email:
info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Brisbane appointments http://artofacupuncture.com.au 07 3399 1002

If you would like to learn more about acupressure and how Chinese medicine can help optimize your health click here:
https://tinyurl.com/yba3ydod

This is not to be used as medical advice. If you are unsure please contact your GP or local doctor

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 and lectures for workshops and seminars for practitioners..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.

 

September 10, 2018

Instant Relief Buttock Pain SIJ Sciatic Acupressure

Buttock Pain SIJ Sciatic Pain Relief Acupressure

Youtube Video HERE

If you would like to learn more about acupressure and how Chinese medicine can help optimize your health click here:
https://tinyurl.com/yba3ydod

1 MIN SIJ Buttock and Sciatic Pain Instant Relief

Sciatic and SIJ and buttock pain is another one of the top reasons why people come see us at our Acunpuncture clinic.

Here is a quick acupressure point you can try to take the edge off:

-This point is located on your shoulder near your teres major and teres minor muscle (see video). Press or knead for 15-20 or 30 seconds. Stop and check your buttock pain.

-Always opposite side! If the pain is on your right side buttock use the left shoulder. If pain is one left side, use the right shoulder.

– Stop after 1-2 min and check again. Usually its either 30 -50% gone or completely gone. It may require further treatment but at least it will take the pain away until you get into your therapist.

If you would like to learn more about acupressure and how Chinese medicine can help optimize your health click here:
https://tinyurl.com/yba3ydod

If you would like to schedule an appointment to see if we can help resolve the problem give us a call or email:
info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Brisbane appointments http://artofacupuncture.com.au

07 3399 1002

pocket physio used in video is available from Lockeroom Sports

*Caution: This is not to be used as medical advice. If you are unsure please contact your GP or local doctor

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 and lectures for workshops and seminars for practitioners..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.

 

September 9, 2018

Stroke Acupuncture Case Study Hemiplegia R Side

Acupuncture being performed by Dr James Liu for stroke patient

What is Stroke?

A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. It can happen to anyone at any time no matter what age.   Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die causing impairment of different motor functions and neurological deficits. Severity of the stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the how much the brain is damaged. Problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg on one side may occur and people who have larger strokes may be permanently paralysed on one side of their body and even lose their ability to speak.

Stroke Statistics

  • 795,000 per year in the USA
  • 15 million worldwide
  • 4th leading cause of death per year
  • 1st leading cause of neurological disability
  • 2/3 occur > age 65 but younger

Risk factors 

  • Atherosclerosis (plaque build up in the arteries)
  • Chronic Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Heavy Alcohol use

Types of Stroke

There are two types of stroke, Hemorrhagic and Ischemic. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when there is a break or rupture in the blood vessels in the brain. The other type which is Ischemic stroke,  occurs when there is a blood clot or plaque blocking blood flow to the brain. The last one is called TIA (transient ischemic attack) or mini stroke presents itself very much like an Ishemic stroke but lasts a few minutes or up to several hours. (Stroke Foundation)

Conventional Treatments for Stroke

Stroke is an emergency situation that requires immediate medical care. Patients are usually hospitalized for monitoring of vital signs and life support. Once symptoms are stabilized, patients will be discharged. As the brain starts to heal, some functions will return slowly but only to a limited extent. In order to recover more, rehabilitation therapy is needed.

Hemorrhagic stroke patients may require a surgery to drain the blood that has accumulated, to relieve the compression in the brain. In severe cases where there is swelling of the brain, a piece of the skull is removed to help decompress the brain.

Ischemic stroke patients are often given warfarin (also known by brand name coumadin). Warfarin is an anti-coagulant, a blood thinner. It prevents formation of new clots but it does nothing about clots that have already formed. Drugs known as “clot busting drugs” are also used help dissolve the clot as well once the location of the stroke is known. Sometimes a catheter is inserted into the area of the brain that is affected and the clot is removed surgically.

Once the acute stage is over and the stroke patient has stabilised, physical and occupational begins. It is a long and arduous process. Often times, progress is slow and it can be frustrating for the patient. The first 3 months are often the hardest. Patients are taught to reuse their affected side of the body again. Generally the recovery window for stroke recovery is 2 years. However, new research is now coming out that patients can still recover up to 5 years.

Neuro-fatigue

Stroke patients often feel tired and have no energy, That is because the brain is still trying to recover from and injury but at the same time still being used for daily functions. Imaging having a computer but having 15 apps running in the background. Although there may not appear to be much going on from the outside, there is so much happening in the brain because the brain is trying to multi=task so many things at once. On top of that, blood-thinning medications further induce fatigue because it causes stress on the liver to process the medication.

Goals of Treatment 

The goal of any treatment of stroke, whether it is western or eastern medicine, is to help get the patient better. The goals are to not only relieve pain, but to give patients back the mobility and try to regain quality of life. This will require work not just from the therapist, but from the patient themselves and the support of loved ones

Does Acupuncture Work for Stroke Recovery?

One of the major key factors in whether or not acupuncture can help stroke patients is time. The sooner a patient can get acupuncture treatment, the better likelihood of good lasting results. The longer the wait, the more likely the muscles deteriorate and will be harder to make a full recovery. It is vital the patient keep moving and active to get the blood circulating again.

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.

Dr. Zhu performing acupuncture for stroke

The system we use at our clinic was discovered by Dr. Zhu Ming Qing, who is world famous for his work in helping stroke patients in their recovery. By combining traditional Chinese Medicine theory and western anatomy, points along the scalp are used to stimulate the brain and increase blood flow to the affected area.

How can Scalp Acupuncture 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.

How many treatments will it take to see results? 

Normally, a course of 6 treatments is suggested to start with to see how the patient reacts. There should be some improvement in motor function during that time. If no improvement we do not suggest further treatment.

I’ve had a stroke a long time ago. Can acupuncture still help me? 

Usually the more time has passed, the worse the prognosis. That doesn’t mean it is impossible. Often times we have patients who have had improvement in range of motion in the limbs and improvement in balance. Although 100% will be hard to achieve they may still improve their quality of life.

Questions on Stroke Acupuncture Brisbane? Email us at  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 and lectures for workshops and seminars for practitioners..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.

 

References:

stroke foundation: https://strokefoundation.com.au/About-Stroke

scalpacupuncture.org: http://www.scalpacupuncture.org

December 27, 2017

Acupuncture for Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

 Can Acupuncture help with Peripheral Neuropathy

Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neruopathy (CIPN) is a common and often severe side effect of a number of chemotherapy treatments with symptoms generally appearing in a dose dependent & progressive manner throughout treatment. In fact, up-to 1 in 4 patients receiving chemotherapy may develop some form of peripheral neuropathy. Unfortunately for many, these symptoms rarely alleviate once chemotherapy have been ceased. Acupuncture has showed promising results when administered in adjunct to chemotherapy in order to alleviate symptoms & improve quality of life in a number of cases.

acupuncture perpherial neuropathy

acupuncture may help with peripheral neuropathy

What is Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy?

CIPN is defined as damage to the peripheral nerves resulting in weakness, paraesthesia “pins & needles”, numbness, loss of proprioception & pain. These symptoms mainly appear in the hand & feet of the individual, however can also affect many other areas &/or functionality of the body. The specific set of symptoms a person may experience is reliant upon whether sensory, motor or autonomic nerves have been affected.

  • Motor Nerves | control muscle movement.
  • Sensory Nerve Damage | control & receive sensations (i.e. temperature, pain, touch, vibration).
  • Autonomic Nerve Damage | control automatic processes (i.e. blood pressure, heart rate, digestion & bladder function)
Can acupuncture assist me?

Acupuncture has been clinically trialled & found to be up to effective in the management of CIPN. Research conducted by Donald, Tobin & Stringer (2011) reported 82% of patients receiving a total of 6 acupuncture sessions reported an improvement in CIPN symptoms. Treatment was also found to have additional benefits including improved sleep quality, stress reduction & improved moods.

A systematic review conducted by Franconi et. al (2013) found acupuncture to be effective in reducing pain scores in patients experiencing CIPN across most studies included in the review. A number of studies showed positive effects of acupuncture on motor & sensory symptoms associate with CIPN & improve quality of life for the participants significantly.

Acupuncture may also have a beneficial influence over inflammatory pathways which may contribute & precipitate CIPN symptoms such as pain & loss of mobility. Activation of the nervous system may also be responsible for the reduction of symptoms & rehabilitation of normal functionality including mobility, muscle control & sensory

For more information regarding CIPN & acupuncture please email info@artofacupuncture.com.au or click here to book a consultation.

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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.

*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

November 30, 2016

ZSA for Lower Back Pain

 

Watch on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svTJRGFtWiY

 


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 and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. 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.

 

November 6, 2016

Acupuncture point SI3

Acupuncture point SI3 后溪

acupuncture point si3

acupuncture point si3

SI3 后溪

This Personal fav point for neck and lower back pain. Located on the ulnar border of the hand, in the substantial depres- sion proximal to the head of the fifth metacarpal bone (Deadman, 2007.)

It is a great point for neck and lower back pain because bladder channel (tai yang treats tai yang) and also because it is the shu-stream point of the Small intestine channel. As the confluent point of the Du channel it can treat spine. Shu-stream points on yang channels pertain to wood, which treat tendons and sinews as well. According to The Classic of Difficulties, the shu-stream points are indicated for “heaviness of the body and pain of the joints.””Moreover, the shu stream points are situated in the middle of the five transport points, which can be thought of as between interior and exterior.. which is why shu-stream points are excellent for treating conditions that come and go.” (Young, 2013.)

SI3 can be used as an image of the upper or lower back and occipital headaches as well. It works better when paired with BL65 which is also another shu stream point. As acupuncturists, we treat a wide range of of pain most of the time and it is definitely a great point to have in the tool box.

 


 

References:

Deadman, Peter, Mazin Al-Khafaji, and Kevin Baker. A Manual of Acupuncture. Hove, East Sussex, England: Journal of Chinese Medicine Publications, 2007. Print.

Young, Wei-Chieh, and Jingchang Dong. The Five Transport Points. Rowland Heights, CA: American Chinese Medical Culture Center, 2008. Print.

 

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 and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. 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.

 

 

 

November 6, 2016

Scalp Acupuncture: Mom’s Neck Pain

Instant Neck Pain Relief Using Zhu Scalp Acupuncture 

 

One of the best times of the year is when my Korean mother in law comes to town. She’s cooks the best food, takes care of the kids, and we get along great. I don’t speak Korean and she does not speak English so there’s nothing to argue over.

However, she’s been suffering from severe neck and shoulder pain from many years of working so hard. She had a very stiff neck to begin with and the flight over to Australia was very long as well. The pain was along the Du,GB,BL,LI & Sj channels.  We decided to do scalp acupuncture first. After needling the areas over hypothalamus (part of the brain responsible for controlling pain/ motor sensory) and neck area scalp points we had her do some breathing and stretching exercises and after about 5 minutes half the pain was gone.

We kind of hit a wall after that and the pain wouldn’t budge. The neck was alot looser and free but the pain along the Trap and shoulder was still there. We included opposite side Lv4 (shu stream point for pain) and same side San Cha San (Sj2) and Sj3. After a few more stretches and several minutes later the pain was completely gone.

The pain came back but much lower the next day and it will probably take a few more treatments along with plenty of stretching and exercises.

 

 


 

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 and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. 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.

 

 

October 17, 2016

Sciatica Treatment Acupuncture Brisbane

 Sciatica Treatment Case Study using scalp acupuncture

Sciatica can be one of the most annoying pain people suffer from day in and day out. It affects people of any age or gender and is characterised with pain in the butt (literally) and a shooting pain that travels along the side of the leg or back of the hamstring. When the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, it can become irritated and send a numb sensation down the leg all the way down to the pinky toe. It is an uncomfortable feeling and often times people are unable to get relief through conventional medicine.

Below is a case study of how instant scalp acupuncture can relieve pain. By placing needles alone the scalp of the head, we are able control the pain which gives the patient more mobility. From then, we do a series of stretches and exercises to make sure the pain stays away.Sciatica treatment using acupuncture takes 6-9 treatments but is definitely an option worth looking at. Below is a video example:

 


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 and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. 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 28, 2016

Lower Back Pain Case Study Acupuncture Brisbane

Lower Back Pain Case Study Acupuncture Brisbane

May 28, 2016

Instant Knee Pain Fail

Instant Knee Pain Fail

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