If you’ve found your way to Brisbane Livewell Clinic because you’re in pain now, phone us and find out how you can be one of the hundreds of people who visit us to have personalised plans designed for Pain Relief. Acupuncture for Pain Relief is a great option as acupuncture has shown in studies to elevate pain.
Just some of the reasons people opt for a tailor-made Pain Relief plan with our caring Acupuncturists are:
- Accident and Trauma recovery
- Joint Pain/wear and tear
- Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- Neck Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Injury recovery
- Period Pain
- Pregnancy-related Pain
- Chronic Pain conditions
- Illnesses that produce Pain symptoms, like cancer
If you’re hurting, no matter what the cause or condition, talk to us.
Your practitioner will take a full health history and provide you with honest advice about which treatments can be included in your personalised treatment plan, and what the outlook is for Pain Relief and reduction in the short and long terms.
Acute pain or Chronic Pain, either way, you don’t have to grit your teeth and force your way through it, Acupuncture may be just what you need.
Can Acupuncture offer Pain Relief?
Acupuncture has been studied since the 1970s, and as interest grows into how natural health treatments can help consumers, the quality of the research keeps improving.
The gold standard of scientific studies is called a systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials.
Here are just some of the conclusions those types of studies drew about the use of Acupuncture as a Pain Intervention:
- A recent analysis of large Acupuncture for Migraine trials concluded that Acupuncture treatment is “at least as effective as conventional drug preventative therapy…and is safe, long-lasting, and cost-effective”. 
- “Acupuncture is associated with significant reductions in pain intensity, improvement in functional mobility and quality of life…and as an alternative for traditional analgesics in patients with Osteoarthritis”. 
- Those with Cancer and suffering pain may find relief with acupuncture in conjunction with their pharmaceutical therapies. “Acupuncture plus drug therapy resulted in increased remission rate of Pain, shorter onset time of Pain Relief, longer duration of analgesia time, and better Quality of Life without serious adverse effects, as compared with drug therapy alone.”. 
- Period Cramps are often treated with painkillers but “Acupuncture might reduce Menstrual Pain and associated symptoms more effectively compared to no treatment or NSAIDs…[and Acupuncture] might be used as an effective and safe treatment for females with primary Dysmenorrhea” (Period Pain). 
For those that don’t like to rely on painkillers, and those who are trying to quit relying on them, Acupuncture has been found to make a significant difference in pain levels for some conditions.
Simply chat to your Acupuncturist about your specific conditions and symptoms.
What if Your Pain Isn’t Just Physical?
Are you dealing with mental health conditions such as Anxiety, Depression, and others that impact on your quality of life?
Are you finding that a physical condition such as Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia or Cancer is causing you to feel like you’re not your usual self, and eroding your sense of emotional and psychological wellbeing?
Speak with our caring and discreet staff about how Acupuncture may form part of your personalised health and wellbeing support plan.
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that treats your whole person, and Brisbane Livewell Clinic staff are here to help you.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture uses very small needles to stimulate certain acupuncture points, and some people are surprised that they don’t feel anything in a lot of areas!
However, some people can experience a little tenderness, especially in tight places. This feeling is similar to a massage therapist massaging an area with a knot in it that you didn’t know you had.
Most clients find they get used to the sensation rather quickly. After the first session, the mystery of how it will feel to you is solved!
What Happens in a Session with Your Acupuncturist?
1. Spend Time To Find a Clear Diagnosis
In your initial consultation, our experienced Acupuncturist will spend up time diagnosing your condition, using a wide range of diagnostic tools. An acupuncturist may assess the tongue, skin, pulse and eyes as these areas are seen as major indicators of overall health and well-being.
2. Find Relief With Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. Acupuncture is very relaxing and once the needles are inserted, you lie on a massage table and rest for 15-30 minutes. While you are resting, the acupuncture needles are working to balance your whole body. Acupuncture helps address the origin of the problem, while at the same time reducing the painful symptoms that are affecting your health and wellbeing.
3. Medicine Specifically Prepared For Your Condition
Herbs play a prominent role in healing. Herbs can be dispensed as an “off the shelf” formula or our practitioners can create a formula specifically designed for you. Our clinic has over 100 herbs to suit your specific needs.
4. Walk away with a Plan
Our practitioner can offer you a plan for your on-going recovery and other customised programs to support your health, diet and lifestyle.
Acupuncture is widely considered a safe therapy, but occasionally, as with all therapies – conventional and complementary – results may vary, and adverse reactions may be experienced.
For those that do experience adverse reactions to Acupuncture, the most common are itchiness and soreness at the site of the needles, light-headedness, mild bruising and muscle twitching.
You’re encouraged to communicate with your practitioner, they are there for you.
 Da Silva, A.N 2015, ‘Acupuncture for Migraine prevention’, Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, vol:55(3), pp: 470-473.
 Manyanga, T., Froese M., Zarychanski, R., Abhou-Setta, A., Frieson, C., Tennenhouse, M., Shay, B. L., 2014, ‘Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 14:312, http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/14/312.
 Hu, C., Zhang, H., Wu, W., Yu W., Li, Y., Bai, J., Luo, B., Li, S. 2016, ‘Acupuncture for pain management in cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis’, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol:2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1720239.
 Woo, H. L., et al 2018, ‘Systematic review and analysis: The efficacy and safety of acupuncture in women with primary Dysmenorrhea’, Medicine, 97(23), DOI: 10.1097/MD.0000000000011007.