Acupuncture low back pain Melbourne

Wondering if acupuncture works for low back pain and sciatica?

It may have been suggested to you to try acupuncture for your back pain or niggling sciatica pain, but does acupuncture really work for back pain? 

Acupuncture is one of the widely used drug-free and natural treatment for back pain and sciatica pain, that can actually work. Our trained doctors of Chinese medicine and acupuncture are skilled at helping you find pain relief from low back pain and sciatica with acupuncture.

How does acupuncture work for back pain and sciatica pain?

Acupuncture for sciatica pain Melbourne It is commonly understood that acupuncture points can stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals and hormones in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain.

Acupuncture may have a stimulating effect on the release of the body’s own opioid neurotransmitters and the brain’s sensitivity to opioid receptors involved in pain relief.

Acupuncture can change the experience of pain and may trigger a natural healing response in the body’s tissues. In addition, acupuncture can also have a calming effect and may alter our state of mind to reduce stress.

What can I expect in acupuncture treatment for low back pain?

acupuncture for low back pain Melbourne When you visit our clinic for acupuncture treatment for low back pain in Melbourne, you will receive a consultation and treatment, along with dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice.

Your practitioner may sometimes observe your wrist pulse, tongue and ask you several questions about your current and past state of health. If you have a complex issue ( more than just pain ) you would like help with, then this process is used to obtain a whole picture of your health in order to individualise treatment to your specific needs.

The treatment itself may involve the insertion of several fine sterile and disposable needles, which act to stimulate the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. During treatment, you will rest on a massage table in a warm, comfortable room with soothing music. You will often feel very relaxed after a session.

It is best to drink plenty of water and do not undergo intense physical or mental activity for a few hours after your session to let the internal healing continue after you leave the clinic.

Are we registered, qualified health professionals?

Yes! It is good to know that all practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine doctors in Australia are registered with AHPRA, the key governing body which is responsible for regulating all doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors, etc, in Australia.

What this means for you is that the therapist you see for your lower back pain acupuncture in Melbourne is fully qualified by Australian standards, and will maintain their continued professional development, to help ensure your treatment is to a high standard.

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Acupuncture may prove beneficial for a number of other painful conditions

In addition to being useful for sciatica and lower back pain, there is ongoing research exploring the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for a number of painful conditions including:

Joint, muscle and pain conditions:

  • Knee osteoarthritis pain
  • Migraine and headache pain
  • Postoperative muscle pain
  • Chronic and acute low back pain
  • Back or pelvic pain during pregnancy
  • Post-stroke shoulder pain
  • Prostatitis pain/chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Muscle pain associated with restless leg syndrome
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome pain
  • Elbow joint pain
  • Temporomandibular (jaw) pain
  • Neck pain

Why would you choose acupuncture for your back pain and sciatica pain?

  • Can address not only your symptoms but can also address the root cause
  • Allows healing within your body without suppressing immunity
  • May be used by people of all ages
  • Does not result in ill side effects as with some Western medications
  • Sessions can be relaxing and rejuvenating and can leave you feeling calm and happy

Acupuncture does not replace all medical treatments available, and your doctor should be consulted before you discontinue any other forms of treatment. Acupuncture will often complement Western medical treatments by encouraging healing and recovery.

Dr. Sheena treating with acupuncture in the Moonee Ponds clinic Is acupuncture treatment for back pain painful?

Acupuncture is mostly very gentle and relaxing. When you receive a treatment you will lie under warm fluffy towels, taking some time to escape and unwind.

Often you will barely feel the points used as they are placed with expert precision and care. After your treatment, you will often feel rested, relaxed and rejuvenated.

Advice about acupuncture’s potential side effects and results

On the whole, acupuncture is considered gentle, but like with any form of therapeutic intervention, there may be some unwanted side effects. These include:

  • Bruising and tenderness at the site of treatment
  • Feeling tired after treatment
  • Some pain and redness at the insertion site
  • Some swelling at the insertion point

It is important to discuss your treatment options with your therapist first if you have any:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Contagious blood diseases
  • Easy bruising
  • Metal allergies

It is important to understand that like any form of therapeutic intervention, results are never guaranteed. Please take the time to discuss your treatment options with your healthcare provider before undergoing treatment. It is common to need to undergo a series of sessions to achieve therapeutic benefit with acupuncture, so please be mindful of this when considering treatment.

At Qi Medicine, we pride ourselves on helping you overcome chronic pain and discomfort. We understand that you may have tried a few other therapies and perhaps have not had the result you were looking for with your back pain and sciatica.

At our Moonee Ponds clinic, we will work with you to help you overcome your pain naturally, without drugs or surgery. Acupuncture for lower back pain and sciatica pain may be clinically effective and provide you with long-term benefits.

Acupuncture for lower back pain Melbourne prices

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Acupuncture for back pain bookings

Book online here or phone the clinic on (03) 8589 6398 to book your acupuncture treatment today.

Are we easy to get to?

Find us on Google maps here: Qi Medicine acupuncture in Moonee Ponds

Qi Medicine Acupuncture Moonee Ponds The clinic is located at Suite 4, Level 1, 151 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds. (Please ensure you take the ground floor elevator to reach us or level one.)

We provide acupuncture to the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and are close to Highpoint.

Qi Medicine acupuncture is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Essendon, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, and Brunswick West. We also service many clients with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone, and we are just 10 km from Melbourne city.