Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

hChronic pain is a serious and widespread problem in this country. An Access Economics report published in 2007 estimated that chronic pain was costing the country 34 billion dollars every year. One in three people are affected which means that approximately 7 million Australians experiencing chronic pain on a daily basis. Monetary figures aside, there is a large personal and emotional cost to those experiencing chronic pain.

Acupuncture has been widely used as a source of support for those suffering from chronic pain. Despite this there has been hesitation in some sections in the medical community to refer patients to a qualified Acupuncturist due to a perceived lack of efficacy.  In 2012 a group of researchers put this perception to the test by conducting a systematic review and published their work in The Journal of the American Medical Association .  After analysing 29 trials involving 17922 patients the reviewers concluded:

“Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option. Significant differences between true and sham acupuncture indicate that acupuncture is more than a placebo.”

Since the early 1970’s scientists in China and elsewhere around the world have been have been conducting clinical studies to understand the exact mechanism of acupuncture and how it reduces pain. Areas of research include the effect of acupuncture on pain-gate theory, stimulation of endorphins, effects on neurotransmitters and local tissue effects. Despite this veritable mountain of research the exact mechanism of acupuncture from a western medical point of view isn’t fully understood. What is clear is that it is more than a placebo.

At our clinic we can incorporate a number of techniques into the acupuncture consultation to support those suffering chronic pain. The techniques used are based on an assessment of your individual needs and personal treatment preferences. Techniques can include:

Clearly, the current evidence suggests that Acupuncture should be included as part of a multidisciplinary approach to achieve best outcomes for those suffering with Chronic pain.

There is no time like the present. Contact the clinic now to make an appointment or call 07 3878 4477 for more information.

About Ian Murray

Ian is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner at Kenmore Centre for Health. This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such.
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