We have a special interest in foot & leg pain management. We are extremely passionate in providing painless, non-invasive therapies that are effective in treating pain.
More and more people are living with and putting up with pain. The main modality in treating pain is through drugs which are usually taken long term. Low Level Laser Therapy has been useful in treating painful conditions naturally for decades and has no side effects.
Employing the latest in Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) technology we have seen significant results in treating chronic pain in the lower limb. LLLT is extremely effective in treating sporting injuries, Arthritic joints and pain, neuropathic pain, tendonitis, heel pain, Sciatic nerve pain and muscle sprains and strains.
What is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low Level Laser Therapy is the use of laser/LED light to reduce pain and promote tissue healing. This light therapy works on the body’s cells and seeks to treat the underlying cause of the pain rather than just masking it. It is painless, non-invasive and has no side effects.
There is a significant amount of research which demonstrates many beneficial effects of LLLT across a wide range of medical conditions.
When applied to the treatment area the damaged cells absorb the light and convert it to energy. This energy aids in the tissue repair, reduction of inflammation and blocks pain nerves.
The origins of acupuncture in China can be traced back at least 2000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is being used by a wide range of people.
How does acupuncture work?
Treatments work on the basis of individualised formulae for each patient. The treatment is focused on the underlying condition as well as treating the presenting symptoms.
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.
As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:
- Provides drug-free pain relief
- Effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
- Treats the underlying cause of the problem as well as the symptoms
- Provides a holistic approach to the treatment.
- Assists in the maintenance of general well-being
Acupuncture is known to treat a wide range of disorders including:
Neurological conditions such as, peripheral neuropathy.
Musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis.
such as sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises to name a few.
What is ‘dry needling’?
The practice of ‘dry needling’ involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a trigger point and is typically used to treat the pain associated with injuries. A trigger point is a tender spot in a tight band of muscle which causes pain when pressed or squeezed.
Is acupuncture the same thing as ‘dry needling’?
The increasing prevalence of the term ‘dry needling’ has created some confusion. Acupuncture practice incorporates many different needling techniques and a variety of these may be required to gain the best results. Dry needling, also known as trigger point acupuncture refers to just one of these techniques. Our Podiatrists are qualified in many techniques, including trigger point acupuncture, and will adopt the best approach depending on the patient’s individual needs. The best approach does not rely on trigger points alone and sometimes trigger points are not necessary at all. If you’re only having ‘dry needling’, you are missing out on most of what acupuncture has to offer.