There are many types of pain that affects us in different ways at different times. Fortunately at Maitland Wellness Centre, we have therapists with different skills and expertise to help you with your particular problem. Results will depend on the many factors and variables that give rise to pain. Please give us a call to discuss your particular problem and we will be happy to advise you on what we may be able to help you with.
The main treatments used for pain at Maitland Wellness Centre is Acupuncture and Massage. In addition to these, our therapists have a range of other techniques that they can add to their treatment for the best possible outcomes.
Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. Although acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions it is most commonly researched and recognised as a treatment for pain. Although the exact method by which it works is still being argued, it is thought that it helps to balance the nervous system and increase circulation of blood to the local area.
A typical session lasts for one hour including a thorough investigation as well as the treatment itself. Most people experience acupuncture as deeply relaxing and side effects are very rare when performed by a qualified practitioner.
Acupuncture works very well for a number of muscle-skeletal problems but can also be very useful in relieving the pain from other tissues, organs or conditions.
Everyone loves a good massage. There is a lot of different terminology used to describe different styles of massage. Our massage therapists are trained in a number of different techniques and will apply the techniques most suited to you and your problems. If you have any preference for any particular style of massage please let them know and especially if you prefer a deep or softer style of massage.
Although most people think of massage in terms of muscular problems it can be remarkably effective in relieving pain associated with joint problems through relieving problems in muscles, tendons and ligaments associated with a painful joint.
Techniques are sometimes combined with acupuncture or massage when treating pain. Please discuss with your therapist whether they are suitable for you.
Dry needling is a term used by people not trained as Acupuncturist for the insertion of acupuncture needles at the site of pain. It is typically a painful experience and can be performed by people with as little as a couple days of training. Dry needling is one of many techniques used by an acupuncturist although one of the goals of acupuncture is to induce relaxation not causing discomfort.
The acupuncturist may sometimes do some massage to help loosen up tissues around the pain or they may suggest that you alternate acupuncture with massage for the best outcome.
Glass or silicon suction cups may be used in conjunction with Acupuncture or massage. They will stretch the soft tissues and increase the circulation of blood to the local area.
Gua Sha is the gentle “scraping” of the skin with a ceramic tool to increase the local blood flow and may be added to you acupuncture treatment.
Your Acupuncturist may suggest herbal formulas to support the effect of the acupuncture. This may be more so if the problem is long standing and there are other or related health issues such as stress or fatigue. Some of our acupuncturists are fully trained herbalists and have long experience in combining herbs and acupuncture for the best possible results.
Some of our therapists have a strong background and further qualifications in the field of nutrition and may suggest dietary changes that could improve your pain.
Most painful conditions can be somewhat improved with exercises and exercise can certainly increase the benefit of your treatments and reduce the number of visits saving you time and money and giving you useful skills for managing chronic conditions.
Exercise comes in many forms whether to strengthen or stretch, or to improve circulation by regular walks. Please discuss with your therapist to find exercises that suits your conditions and are doable within your physical and time restraints.
Whether it is the mindfulness developed in quiet meditation, the gentle movements of Tai Chi or increased flexibility from yoga, most of our therapists have the background to direct you to the right person for your needs. There is increased research being done on the health benefits of these practices and they can often be surprisingly beneficial and enjoyable for only a little bit of regular time spent on yourself.