Pain prevention, alleviation and treatment.
Lisa Mason has been practicing Acupuncture since 1994. She is fully qualified, registered and provides Health Fund Rebates. Her treatments consist of a combination of Acupuncture, LASER, Massage and other Eastern Therapies to help your body feel better.
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Recommendations and treatments for inflammation and pain.
The normal inflammatory response has an on/off switch. When the acute injury or abnormal stimulation is controlled, the switch is turned off. But in chronic inflammation (arthritis, dermatitis, and numerous other chronic health conditions), something has gone wrong with the switch.
We all know inflammation as the localised indicators such as pain, redness, heat and swelling we get with injury, including sprains, strains, cuts, grazes, insect bites, stings etc.
Inflammation can be caused or triggered by many aspects of daily living including diet or food choices, stress and worry, artificial chemicals in air, food, water, cosmetics, and drugs, also, pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
What you may not realise is that the same process that produces those familiar symptoms can also be a precursor to diseases. Almost all pain is the result of inflammation – arthritis, other joint, back and muscle problems; digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome or ulcerative colitis and many types of headache. If it hurts, you can be fairly sure inflammation is involved.
In many cases, however, you can have inflammation in your body without those familiar indicators. Inflammation is a normal, natural, and complex series of chemical and cellular activities performed by the body in response to injury or abnormal stimulation caused by a physical, chemical, or biological agent. The inflammatory response is a desirable defence mechanism but the side effects are usually undesirable. Especially, if you have had those signs and symptoms for a long time.
Acute inflammation prevents the spread of damaging agents, disposes of cell debris, and sets the stage for tissue repair that returns the body to its original state. Acute inflammation is localized, intense, and of short duration lasting minutes to days. If the acute phase of inflammation is ineffective, chronic inflammation is triggered and this is something that can last from days to a lifetime.
Chronic inflammation often leads to tissue destruction (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, chronic bronchitis). Chronic inflammation is now thought to be the most important factor in causing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, chronic fatigue syndrome, neurodegenerative diseases, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as all autoimmune diseases.
While short-term use of steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be very effective, long-term use of any of these drugs (beyond a few weeks) can lead to life-threatening side effects (haemorrhage, osteoporosis, heart disease)
Acupuncture is a very effective way of helping the body to reduce the inflammatory process & take pain away.
Acupuncture works with the body’s own system of defence, helping with cellular healing and regeneration. It is a bit like a traffic policeman helping to sort out a traffic jam. Acupuncture gives instructions, telling your body what to do.
However, unfortunately – and realistically – one consultation is not enough to direct the body for long term help. Just like any course of exercise, diet or even medication – Acupuncture needs to be regarded as a process that guides your body to heal, regenerate and repair.
The general benefits may be seen after just one treatment, but the average is between 6 – 8 treatments. Of course, your results depend on the longevity and severity of your problem, as well as looking at the causative factors.
Dr Lisa Mason likes to look at the whole body when identifying treatment principals. There can be many underlying causes of pain. Your body is an intricate network of communication, and just like pushing one domino in a line of many … sometimes there is a communication breakdown and things start to go wrong. That is when you start to see various negative signs and symptoms. So, know that you do not have to suffer any longer.
Tips for Living with Chronic Pain
- Learn relaxation exercises – such as deep breathing or meditation.
- Reduce stress in your life. Stress intensifies chronic pain.
- Exercise. This boosts pain relief by producing natural endorphins.
- Reduce alcohol, which can worsen sleep problems.
- Join a support group. Meet others living with pain.
- Don’t smoke.
- Track your pain level and activities every day.
- Learn biofeedback to decrease migraine and tension headache pain.
- Get a massage for both acute and chronic pain relief.
- Make Good Food Choices.
- Find ways to distract yourself from pain – change your focus.
Information sourced from Metagenics.com.au and Webmd.com