Dry Needling Abbotsford

A common question is “Do you do dry Needling?” Absolutely yes we do!  Dry needling is a type of acupuncture which is rapidly gaining in popularity, it involves the insertion of a needles into tightly bound muscle fibres, trigger points or muscular knots which cause local and referred pain.

By manipulating the needle in a specific manner, Dry Needling can induce a twitch response which will desensitise the area, resolve pain and release to muscle fibres to restore natural blood circulation.

CAUTIONARY NOTE – There is a strange twist to Australian Law which requires Acupuncturists to hold a bachelor degree level qualification and be registered along side other health professionals such as psychologists, chiropractors, doctors, nurses etc,. yet body workers such as massage therapists can do a short course and qualify to use acupuncture needles for ‘dry needling!’

FINDING A PRACTITIONER YOU CAN TRUST!

Dry needling is clearly within the scope of an acupuncturist, most Acupuncturists spend between 4-5 years of study on acupuncture alone, plus numerous hours of professional development each year.  An Acupuncturist who has an interested in sports medicine should be your first choice for the proper resolution of trigger points.

Acupuncture is a holistic approach of mind and body; Dry Needling is a local needle treatment to address physical pain, a good Acupuncturist will safely and effectively incorporate both aspects of wellbeing into your treatment plan to create the best outcomes for your health.

HOW DOES IT DIFFER TO ACUPUNCTURE?

The term “trigger point” was coined by Dr. Janet Travell in the 1940s, the Chinese medical literature described the phenomena of tight bands muscle bands, tender knots within muscles that refer pain to distant locations, and needling as a treatment for the problem as early as the first century BCE.  Many experts and organizations, including the World Health Organization, classify dry needling as a sub-type of acupuncture.

WHAT CAUSES TRIGGER POINTS?

Trigger points, or muscular knots occur when a muscle is overloaded, either suddenly or chronically.  Most people have at least a few trigger points, given that so many common situations cause them.  Potential causes of trigger points include:

  • Maintaining an awkward position too long
  • Poor lifting habits
  • Carrying an overloaded purse
  • Bad posture
  • Sitting on a wallet in the back pocket
  • Hitching up your hip to carry a child
  • Sitting at a computer for too long
  • Any type of repetitive motion
  • Poorly designed shoes
  • Limping
  • Falls
  • Car accidents
  • Structural anomalies (short arms, one leg that is longer than the other, an asymmetrical pelvis, etc.)

Much of the stiffness and many of the aches and pains that we tend to accept as a normal part of aging are likely caused by the large collection of trigger points that most people have amassed by the time they are senior citizens.

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

 

Mark has a special interest in treating musculoskeletal aches and pains, he incorporates a three way approach including classic Chinese acupuncture, Modern trigger point techniques and ‘Tung’ style distal acupuncture for an all inclusive and thorough approach to resolving pain fast!

To make a booking with Mark, CLICK HERE!

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Have you tried Cupping yet? Detox naturally with Chinese Medicine

Cupping is a tradition from China, but it also fins its root in many other ancient societies from the Middle-East to Southern Europe.

Now, with the Spring Solstice just around the corner, your timing couldn’t be better!  We are all naturally susceptible to becoming run down around the time of seasonal changes, get in now to try it out, most people find it totally INVIGORATING!

The most common question I get is “Are those bruises healthy?”

Actually they are not bruises, but simply petechiae of non-circulating old blood which is drawn to the surface.  The effect will stimulate the new production of blood, increase circulation and have a detoxifying effect.  Usually the marks should be gone within 4-6 days; a darker colour means that there is a high level of toxins and stagnation in the section of the body that has been treated. In this case, the marks can last a little longer. However, if there are hardly any toxins, the coloring could be just a light pink and is likely to dissipate within a few hours.

Cupping is often beneficial when used for coughs, cold and flu, muscular pain, stress relief and even for anxiety.  Cupping can be a stand-alone treatment, or incorporated as part of your Acupuncture or Shiatsu treatment.

 

 

 

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Nukazuke  (糠漬け)

Hello, I’m Shiatsu Masa. I’m a qualified Shiatsu practitionerat Root & Branch Oriental Therapieshere in Abbotsford, Melbourne Australia.

I am trying to improve my diet with fermented foods which are good for your gut flora.

Tsukemono (漬物) means pickles.  Japanese people love pickled vegetables. In my home town Akita, which is at the northern part of main island of Japan. It’s extremely cold in Winter. Vegetable are traditionally preserved to use throughout the winter months.

A few month ago, I was attended a Nukazuke workshop held here in Melbourne. Nuka-zuke  (糠漬け) is a type of Japanese pickles which have been fermented in flavored rice bran. (Nuka means Rice bran) Nutrient rich bran-pickled-vegetables have been supplementing important vitamins and minerals to the Japanese diet for hundreds of years. I used to make Nukazuke many years ago, but I stopped. It can be hard work the Nuka-doko (pickling bed) needs to be kneaded daily for successful fermentation.

That workshop inspire me a lot. So I stared again 🙂

Traditional Nukadoko (pickling bed) is made of equal weight of rice bran and water & Sea salt (13% in weight of rice bran). But it’s hard to get good fresh rice bran.

Today, I will explain how to make easy ‘cheats’ Nukadoko (pickling bed) at home.

My cheat version of nukadoko is made from old bread (preferable Sourdough), Beer & Sea salt (About 10~13% in weight of bread). However, this recipe doesn’t use Nuka (Rice bran) at all, so we can’t call this Nukadoko, Actually  😉

1) Make bread crumb, use food processor or you can cut them into small dices.

2) Mix bread crumb with salt in clean container. And then mix with beer for a hard mud texture. Cover and keep in a cool dark place or in fridge.

3) Once you have prepared the medium, add cleaned left over vegetables (even peel & stems) to introduce lactic acid. (If you want to more flavour add dried red chili peppers or dried kombu or even garlic).

4) For the first 3~4 days, mix the bed with your hand twice a day. After 3~4 days, discard the wilted leftover vegetables and replace with fresh vegetables.

5) About a week later, your cheat bread nukadoko is ready to pickle!  Salt rub with veggies and leave it about 5min, then dry excess moisture with Paper towels. Then put them into the mixture and cover them.

It’s depend how long does it take to pickle. Hard vegetable like carrot or daikon usually It take about 1~2 days. Longer pickle time make it more salty & sour. Check the timing with your taste buds. Preferable store in fridge.

Please remember mix nukadoko everyday or every 2 days.

 

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My Nukadoko (pickling bed) Left:  Nukadoko (Sour dough),  Right: Traditional Nukadoko

 

Usually we pickle fresh crisp veggies like carrots, cucumber, daikon or turnip.

My personal favourite is cucumber (However you should get hard & crisp one otherwise it gets very soggy pickle – Try asian type cucumber) & Stalk of Broccoli.

The workshop lecturer recommended to pickle Okra and dried Shiitake mushrooms. It’s very tasty too, and full of healthy probiotics!

 

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Carrot, Celery, Cucumber & Red Capsicum.

 

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Stalk of Broccoli, Carrot, Red Capsicum, Celery, Dried Shiitake Mushroom & Dried Black Fungi.

 

 

[LINK] ~Found great informations of Nukadzuke from internet

*How to make Nukazuke [hangawara]

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*How to Make Nukadoko (Fermented Rice Bran Bed) for Pickling [Garden Betty]

 

*Nukadoko (Pickling Bed to Make Nukazuke) [http://japanese-kitchen.net]

 

 

My own private Miso

Easy Instant miso soup balls

Shiatsu Masa does great SHIATSU Massage Melbourne!!

 

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Ear Acupuncture

Did you know that ear acupuncture can be similar to foot reflexology? Both areas of the body represent organ maps which can be beneficial to heath. The main difference between the two micro-systems is that while finger pressure is applicable to the plantar surface of the foot, the ear is smaller, thus it is necessary to use fine needles to elicit a reaction. The needles are almost completely painless and often we will send you away with a small sticky ear tack which can remain in pace for a few days to compliment body acupuncture treatment, and these can usually stay in place for up to 4-5 days. There is a famous protocol which was established in the early 1970’s called the ‘NADA protocol,’ which is still in use today for smoking cessation and heavily relied upon in drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics.

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How often do I need to book?

In the last five years or so since I have been involved with Chinese Medicine I have met all sorts of people; those who hate needles, those who don’t believe in holistic medicine yet they come as a last resort, those who wouldn’t dream of taking anything other than herbal medicines, those who think what we do is satantic etc etc… And the majority of people I have been involved with are satisfied with the care received, but often unsure of the duration of treatment required and how long cover for their private health insurance will last.
In general the longer the problem has persisted the more treatments are required, and for acute or new conditions, a shorter time frame can be expected; however it is difficult to define the treatment without a detailed analysis of individual circumstances such as age, compliance, constitution etc.
There are three stages of ‘disease’ – Active, Corrective and Recovery.  Often patients will seek treatment and find that their condition is mostly resolved after 2-3 visits and then discontinue care.  However it is pertinent to continue treatment just a little bit longer to see a resolution of symptoms through the corrective period; as a consequence of stopping care too soon will often see the same problem reoccur.  if it took 3-4 treatment to resolve the active phase of the condition, it would be smart to add another 2-3 treatments just to ensue that when rehabilita is complete the condition doesn’t relapse.  A comprehensive treatment plan would also incorporate follow-up treatments every 6 weeks or so, or around the time that seasonal changes are expected to boost immunity and proactively prevent relapse during times when our defences are lower.
Progress can generally be expected faster when acupuncture or shiatsu is combined with herbal therapy, lifestyle and dietary changes.  We are eager to get you healthy again as soon as possible, we will never encourage you to rely on our care for your health, we prescribe suitable treatment plans and empower the patient with information and knowledge to complete treatment as efficiently as possible.
Your practitioner should be able to give you a guide to your treatment plan within your first few treatments so that you know exactly what to expect and the level of commitment required.
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Practical tips for dealing with stress & anxiety

Welcome to the year of the Rooster!
As many people will now be heading back to work, here are some:

 

 

Practical tips for dealing with Stress & Anxiety:

 

 

 

 

Chinese Medicine is often used for the management of stress and anxiety, between treatments there are things that we can do practically anywhere, which will provide some instant relief; the hardest part is just remembering to do it!

I will outline a breathing exercise and a few acupressure points which you can practice as your own ‘stress emergency kit’ for those times when you feel like the pressure is going to make you burst!

First: 4-4-8 pranayama (like yoga for breathing), it brings clarity back to your mind, and delivers more oxygen to the lungs to generate qi.  Most of us are on automatic pilot, breathing into only the very upper portion of our lungs.  Breathing is controlled by both the subconscious and the conscious mind, by consciously taking control of it we also control the automated responses our bodies have to stress, and by breathing into the belly we are stimulating the Vagus nerve which controls the parasympathetic nervous system.

 


4-4-8 Pranayama

 

 

 

 

 

Technique:

Sit in a comfortable place, close your eyes and begin to breathe in, right down to your belly.  Your belly should rise on inhalation and retract on exhalation.  Don’t worry if it takes you a little while to master it, that’s normal.  Ignore any thoughts & follow the 3 cycles of breathing below and continue for as long as it takes to calm the mind…

BREATH IN THROUGH YOUR NOSE TO THE BELLY, SLOWLY TO THE COUNT OF 1….2….3….4
HOLD YOUR BREATH NOW TO THE SLOW COUNT OF 1….2….3….4…
EXHALE THROUGH YOUR MOUTH SLOWLY TO THE COUNT OF 1….2….3….4….5….6….7….8…

 

And repeat the cycle again, for as much time as you have to spare, 5~10 minutes should be fine.  You can do this anywhere, even in the car!

 

 


 

 

 

 

Acupressure Points for Stress & Anxiety:

 

 

 

 

 

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Pericardium 6

Located on the inside of the forearm half a finger up from the palm. Press firmly and hold on one arm for 30 seconds, then alternate arms.

 

 

 

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Heart 7

On the inside wrist crease just inside the tendon, you will feel on the little finger side.

 

 

 

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Yintang

Between the eyebrows, being located on a bony area you can tap this point; it may also be useful for headaches.

 

 

 

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Ren 17

On the lower part of the breastbone close to the intersection of the 4th ribs, again as it is a hard surface you may benefit from tapping here.

 

 

Combining these points regularly will leave you feeling less stressed and aid to treat anxiety disorders, for best results consultation with a practitioner is recommended.

 

Table 1 & 2 of the Acupuncture Evidence Project (McDonald J, and Janz S, 2017) retrieved from www.acupuncture.org.au

© Photos courtesy of: Kirschbaum, B. (2010). Atlas of Chinese tongue diagnosis. Seattle: Eastland Press.


 

 

Good luck with the self-help; feel free to message or mail me if you have any questions!

Kind Regards.

Mark Davis (Doctor of Chinese Medicine.)

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How To Aid Your Back Pain With Sleep!

Back pain can occur for a variety of reasons, for sudden & acute circumstances such as kidney stones, trauma or even a fractured vertebrae – immediate care may be required; information provided here is only suitable for those who have been cleared of any specific diagnosis and need to care for their condition unsupervised at home.

In Chinese Medicine terms, typically back pain is a result of one or more of the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injury
  • Over use of a specific muscle group
  • Posture / scoliosis
  • Sitting / driving for extended periods
  • Fractures, herniations or degenerative changes
  • Obesity
  • Side effects of medications
  • Unknown

Chinese Medicine (CM) involves identifying locations, channels, triggers of pain and conditions, which alleviate it. CM diagnosis will often include:

  • Qi and Blood Stagnation
  • Yin / Yang deficiency
  • Cold Damp Painful Obstruction
  • Bi Syndrome

Regardless of the specifics of diagnosis, CM considers that stagnation (poor circulation) is the cause of pain and by eliminating stagnation, healing is promoted – relieving the pain.

Acupuncture and prescribed herbal medications will assist to increase circulation to aid healing, however the healing process can be hindered through habitual actions such as sleeping on your sides or stomach, which can restrict circulation causing stagnation to reoccur.

Changing your sleep patterns can be very beneficial, however it is acknowledged that this is not an easy task. By making small changes on a regular basis however, you should be able to initiate the healing process.

So What Do I Need To Do?

It’s easy, all I ask you to do is to take your pillow from the top of the bed and relocate it under your knees for 10 minutes when you go to bed! At first you might find a strange feeling in your sinuses, but this is also beneficial!

Take some deep breaths and relax in this position, if you need a small hand towel rolled up under your neck that is fine. Allow yourself to fall asleep if you are comfortable, if not you are free to readjust to the normal sleeping position after 10 minutes!

Should you wake during the night to go to the toilet, use the opportunity to put the pillow under your knees again, just for five minutes. If you wake with an alarm on snooze in the morning, also use this opportunity again to lie on your back and put the pillow under your knees.

Of course it will take some adjustment and pain will dissipate with practice. By assuming this pose on the comfort of a mattress you are allowing the force of gravity to work in your favor and naturally alleviate stagnation. Other sleeping positions although they may feel comfortable, can reduce circulation to the extremities and the spinal cord due to your body weight compressing muscles, nerves, lymph and blood flow.

It is understandable that you probably cannot maintain sleeping on your back all of the time, however if you are able to practice this method it should be enough together with your Chinese Medicine treatment to give you the advantage moving forward to improve back pain.

If you have a spare pillow, some people also find it advantageous to use the pillow between their legs at times when they choose to roll over onto their sides after the initial instructions. The extra pillow will work in a manner to soften the obstruction caused by the weight of limb on limb.

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