An interview with Sydney Osteopath Dr Marcus Ng

In this short video, Quay Health clinic owner Physiotherapist and Osteopath Dr David Aboud interviews Quay Health’s newest Osteopath Dr Marcus Ng.

Transcript: 

Dr David Aboud: Hey guys. Just wanted to introduce you to our new osteopath, Dr Marcus Ng. Welcome, Marcus.

 

Dr Marcus Ng: Thanks Dave.

 

Dr David Aboud: We wanted to get to know a little bit more about Marcus, and introduce him to the practice. I guess being an osteopath Marcus, I always like to ask people where their journey in osteopathy started, so can you tell us a little bit more about that for you?

 

Dr Marcus Ng: Yeah, yeah. I’ve always had a keen interest in the human body and how it works. Naturally, after school, I did a bachelor of science in anatomy. After the three years, there wasn’t too much of a career choice, and I didn’t want to be a mortician, so I took on further studies and found my way into massage, through TAFE.

 

Towards the end of that course, we had a osteopath come through and talk about what they did. At the time, it wasn’t something I was actually familiar with. That particular talk actually really sparked me into finding out more of what osteopaths did.

 

After that, I enrolled in another five years of studies in the osteo course, through the University of Western Sydney. With the nine years of studies, I kind of felt like that was enough, and since then I’ve been an osteopath for eight years now.

 

Dr David Aboud: Okay, really cool. Obviously you’ve been in practice for eight years, with nine years of study, you would’ve learned about a lot of conditions, and now you’ve seen and treated lot of conditions, so what are the sort of areas you like to treat, or you specialize in treating?

 

Dr Marcus Ng: We see a whole bunch of different conditions, as you know. I see a lot of sporting injuries, lower back pains, the sore shoulders. I find the most rewarding ones are the acute neck pains, the early morning phone call, trying to get in to see somebody to help them, because they’ve woken up with a sore neck, and that they can’t turn, or it’s too much pain to turn.

 

Even though I find when those patients come through, just in that first session, to be able to give them that range of motion back in their neck, and reducing their pain, so they can carry on with the rest of their day, that to me is definitely the most rewarding.

 

I mean, as you know, at the clinic, we treat a whole bunch of stuff, anything that walks through the door, we can help them.

 

Dr David Aboud: That’s really good. I guess having that interest, it’s great being in the Sydney CB, with a lot of busy people having quite a sedentary type workplace. Clearly, neck pain is quite a common condition.

 

Dr Marcus Ng: They kind of always sit like this at the desk with computers, yeah.

 

Dr David Aboud: Sure. It’s great. I know you are quite active outside of being an osteopath, so tell us a little bit more about what you enjoy doing.

 

Dr Marcus Ng: Sure. My passion and hobby is definitely in basketball. I’m a huge San Antonio Spurs fan, I’m a big NBA fan. I guess to bring back to how basketball and my interest in osteo, is the injuries that the players get. My particular team has our best player’s out at the moment with a quadriceps tendinopathy.

 

I kind of just find the day-to-day resting of healthy players and player injuries in the NBA fascinating, as well as obviously watching the games.

 

Dr David Aboud: That’s really cool. Well, thank you Marcus, it’s been really enjoyable getting to know you a bit more, and we enjoy having you around the practice.

 

Marcus will be with us full-time in the practice, so we look forward to seeing you, and I’m sure he looks forward to seeing many new faces that he can help in the future. Thanks guys.

 

Dr Marcus Ng: Yeah, absolutely.

 

shoulder impingement – the cause of most shoulder pain – explained!

Do you have shoulder pain? 

At Quay Health we are fortunate to have a fantastic personal training and group fitness studio on the ground floor of our building called Actual Fitness. As a PT studio, pushing people towards their physical and mental limits is all in a days work, however a recurring frustration for many of the clients and PT’s that stops them from achieving this is pre-existing shoulder pain that limits what the client can and can’t do.

Having shoulder pain while exercising can be frustrating, and can often lead to someone thinking  ‘maybe exercise is not for me’. Now, while taking time off from exercise to rest or recover from an injury is sometimes necessary, taking time off ‘forever’ and giving up on your health and fitness goals for good is not a great long term plan! Luckily, the PT’s know that the best long term outcomes come from their clients having their shoulder looked at, the cause of their pain identified, and a lasting solution put in place- and that’s when I get the call!

What causes shoulder pain?

If I were to list off every possible cause of shoulder pain, I could fill a text book. Luckily however, in the context of ‘office-workers who work out’, most shoulder pain can be labeled ‘shoulder impingement’ or ‘sub-acromial impingement’, so if this is you (office worker with shoulder pain), read on and I’ll explain a little about what is happening in your shoulder.

Anatomy of sub-acromial impingement

Anatomy of the shoulder The bone on the tip of your shoulder is called the Acromion. Between the Acromion and the humerus (your upper arm bone) is known as the ‘sub-acromial space’ (sub= ‘under’. As in ‘submarine).

The acromion therefore is the bony structure that forms the roof of this space and the humerus forms the floor. Diagram 1 explains this well.

In this space there are three main structures: 1) the Supraspinatus tendon (part of the rotator cuff), 2) the long head of the biceps tendon (not the short head) and 3) the subacromial bursa.

‘Sub-acromial impingement’ occurs when  one of these three structures is pinched.

 

Causes of sub-acromial impingement 

The sub-acromial space is usually about a ‘pinky width’ in space. If the space is adequate, most people won’t get pain. If the space is narrowed however, one or all of these three structures can become impinged and produce pain.

The three main causes that lead to sub-acromial impingement are:

  1. Poor posture causing the scapula (shoulder-blade) to tip up and forward (also known as a ‘winged’ or ‘elevated’ scapula)
  2. A hooked acromion – that is, excessive bone formation due to trauma (quite rare)
  3. Wear, tear, swelling and or degeneration- from internal structures repetitively rubbing in this space due to occupation or sport.

Most research however has found that the cause of these symptoms are generally the tendon, especially when the injury progresses into tendinopathy.

Symptoms present mostly when you try to perform an overhead activity or exercise, such as swimming freestyle, throwing a ball, or lifting a weight above your head in a PT session!

Shoulder impingement syndrome
Why does sub-acromial impingement develop?

Sub-acromial impingement is a very common condition and seems to affect sedentary people who try to get back to exercise. Given that posture is the most likely cause of this injury, it is best that you start by trying to stretch your pecs, lats and rotator cuff. You can also use a trigger ball or foam roller to improve your mobility.

What to do about it?

If you shoulder pain is disrupting your work, your sleep or your exercise- avoid the cortisone injection and have an Osteopath or Physiotherapist have a closer look to identify the specific causes and contributing factors to your pain. A combination of hands-on treatment, some simple exercises and specific stretches, and possibly some work-place modifications will lead you towards a full recovery- allowing you to get back into the activities you enjoy doing without worrying about pain.

Quay Health is now under new management!

David Aboud Physiotherapist and OsteopathAs many of you may know, Quay health is under new management and I would like to formally introduce myself Dr David Aboud as the new director.

Briefly, I have worked in the musculoskeletal and back injury sector for 10 years, as an Osteopath and a Physiotherapist. I am a born and bred Melbournian but fell in love with Sydney three years ago when I moved here to complete my Doctor of Physiotherapy. As part of that program I was fortunate to be part of large scale back pain research and recently had a paper published in The Spine Journal (north America). I returned to Melbourne about 12 months ago and I was fortunate enough to manage a large CBD based practice, everything I learnt gave me the drive and motivation to pursue my own venture.

Quay health presented an excellent platform for me to utilise my experience in the industry, particularly working with CBD based populations and to reignite my love affair with Sydney. The Sydney CBD is one of the fastest redeveloping cities in the world, with major reconstruction and redevelopment taking place in the Wynyard and Circular Quay districts and the rapid growth in Barangaroo, we are in the heart of all the action!

I wanted to share my first realisation and observation of the Sydney CBD based population that differs from Melbourne. With the major mode of transport being train, bus or taxi/uber the streets are busy with people walking everywhere. Due to the trams in Melbourne, the streets are not as busy and people tend to hop on the free trams to get anywhere. This made me wonder what will happen when the light rail takes off early next year, will people opt to take the light rail from circular quay down to Mid-city or Town hall or will they still opt to walk? This is where my Osteo and Physio thinking cap tends to take over and makes me wonder what this will do to the general and musculoskeletal health of the Sydney CBD population.

My Advice as a Physiotherapist and Osteopath is that your 20-30 minute walk at lunch is invaluable for your overall health and I would strongly advice that if you are coming to visit us up at Quay Health or that you are simply popping out for a meeting or lunch, that you opt to walk. Walking is the simplest thing we can do for our general and musculoskeletal health.

Over many years I’ve been consulting clients, I find that their injury is generally related to small lifestyle factors like sitting too much, not moving enough and not participating in enough physical exercise. If you are suffering from back pain and would like to know more about what you can actively do to resolve this,  come visit us at Quay Health- I look forward to meeting you!

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Acupuncture for painful periods

acupuncture for period pain quay health sydney cbd circular quayA recent study in Australia and New Zealand has demonstrated that acupuncture is beneficial for the treatment of dysmenorrhea.

 

More than half of all women suffer with painful periods.  This trial focused on women between the age of 18 and 45.  It found that after receiving three months of acupuncture treatment,  more than half of these women had at least fifty percent reduction in their severity of their period pain.  Many of the women also reported less need to use painkillers to treat their period pain and an improvement in secondary symptoms, such as headaches and nausea.

 

In Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been used to relieve dysmenorrhea for centuries. In traditional Chinese medicine, there is such a sentence, “unblocked would be no pain, pain is obstructed “. Dysmenorrhea patients can usually use acupuncture and moxibustion with traditional Chinese medicine to relieve dysmenorrhea. And when in ovulation, acupuncture treatment for several times can alleviate the physical discomfort.

Si Chen Acupuncturist Quay Health Sydney CBD

Si Chen is Quay Health’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner specialising in women’s reproductive health and fertility.

To book an appoitment call Quay Health on 9252 2825

Hot Stones Massage, Why it is so good for you in winter

There are many benefits from receiving a hot stone massage. At Quay Health in Sydney’s Circular Quay, it is one of our favourite massages.  Here we’re going to discuss just how good it is for you.  If it’s something that you’ve been wanting to do for some time.  Don’t put it off for another second.  It’s one of the best things you can do for both your mind and body.

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The first benefit of receive a hot stone massage is the most obvious.  The hot stones make your muscles more relaxed.  That means your massage therapist can more effectively give you a deep tissue massage.  There are a whole host of benefits to this that we’ll get into throughout this article.  It’s one of the most reoccurring benefits of a hot stone massage.

Pain relief is one of the most important benefits of a hot stone massage.  The relaxed muscles allow the massage therapist to work their magic better.  Many people feel immediate relief once the massage is over.  Making this a drug-free pain relief method that’s actually good for your body.  As many of the over the counter and prescription pain relievers have serious side effects, it is great to be able to use massage to avoided the need for pain relievers.

Improved circulation is another benefit of hot stone massages.  Poor circulation can lead to fatigue.  This tenses up your muscles and causes build-up of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles.  Increased circulation will deliver more oxygen to the muscles.  Which will help ease aches and pains.  You’ll notice a difference the minute you step off the table.  You’ll feel more than just limber.  You’ll actually feel the improved circulation.  You’ll have a spring in your step because of it.

Then there’s the one benefit that everyone enjoys the most.  Especially those of you that are stressed out all the time.  A hot stone massage is extremely relaxing.  You’ll feel the stress melt away.  Every second will seem like it’s erasing a minute’s worth of stress.  You may even lose track of time.  It can be that relaxing.  There is simply no drug in the world that can reproduce this effect.

Along with stress reduction a hot stone massage can also improve your mental health.  Those who are experiencing depression or anxiety may notice a decrease after receiving a massage.  It should be noted that you can’t replace your current treatment with massage.  Instead, use it along side with your current treatment.  This way you can get the maximum benefits and improve your medical condition.

Massages are something people have enjoyed for thousands of years.  They’re a great way to improve your health and to simply feel better.  Make an appointment today to receive a hot stone massage at Quay Health.  It’ll do more than just improve your physical health.  It’ll also improve your mental health as well.  There is nothing else in this entire world that can do that.  You can achieve these health benefits without having to take a single drug.  All natural is the way to go.  That’s why you need to schedule yours today!

To book your hot stones massage at Quay Health call us today on 9252 2825

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How to have healthy feet this winter

Winter is officially here and there a few things that you can do to keep your feet healthy this winter!

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Footwear

Remember to make sure that you are wearing the correct footwear. In the colder months we are usually wearing more enclosed footwear so making sure that they fit correctly in key.

If your toes are being pushed together or out of position in shoes, then your shoes are too narrow for your feet.  Wearing narrow shoes can cause ingrown toenails, corns and calluses

Try to keep your footwear and socks dry. Damp footwear can increase the risk of skin infections as the moisture creates a perfect breeding ground for an infection to spread.

Moisturise

The winter season also brings dryness, especially for the heel areas. Moisturising daily with a thick moisturiser can help prevent heel fissures and dryness.

Warm Feet are Happy Feet

It is very important to keep your feet warm in the colder months. The drop in temperature can also bring with it extra foot conditions, one of these are Chilblains.

Chilblains are itchy and/or tender red or purple bumps that occur as a reaction to cold. The condition is also known as pernio or perniosis, and is a localised form of vasculitis.

Chilblains are caused due to blood vessel shut-down in cold conditions and humidity. The cold exposure damages capillary beds in the skin, which in turn can cause redness, itching, blisters and inflammation. The cold causes constriction of the small arteries and veins in the skin. When these areas are warmed up again, it can result in leakage of blood into the tissue and swelling of the skin. This “bruising” is called a chilblain.

If you are prone to develop chilblains then you should keep warm in cold weather and avoid excessive exposure to the elements.

Diabetic Patients

Winter months require a little extra foot care for everyone, but diabetics especially need to keep feet healthy. Decreased circulation, dry skin, and spending time exposed to cold and wet conditions put diabetic feet at a higher risk for developing an infection or foot condition.

Regular visits to your podiatrist will keep on top of any problems that may occur. Call Quay Health today to arrange an appointment.

Sam Towers Podiatrist Quay Health Sydney CBD Circular Quay Sam Towers, Podiatrist

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To book a podiatry appointment with Sam Towers call 9252 2825

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Eat your way calm – psychobiotics and the gut brain connection

A new and exciting era in the treating of mental illness could be upon us!

I have blogged before about the gut and its affect on our mental state. Though, now money is now being put into research of this fascinating subject.

With the gut-brain connection is now very well established a new wave of research is now being done into psychobiotics.

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These are, in short; biotics for the gut. Were as antibiotics are designed for the killing of bad bacteria. Psycho-biotics will be used for the increasing of good bacteria. Resulting in a much more diverse gut flora and better moods.

 

 

So far, the research on psychobiotics is still preliminary. Studies have shown that increasing the amount of “good” bacteria in the gut can curb inflammation and cortisol levelsreduce symptoms of depression and anxietylower stress reactivity, improve memory, and even lessen neuroticism and social anxiety. However, most of these studies were conducted on mice, and more research on humans is needed.”

The unfortunate thing is that approval for this new type of treatment is approximately 10 years away. But there are things that can be done in the meantime.;

 

1) Consuming probiotic foods

Yogurt

One of the best known probiotic foods is live-cultured yogurt, especially handmade. Read your labels, as many popular brands are filled with high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial flavors and are way too close to being a nutritional equivalent of ice cream. As with most food, the most health claims made on the packaging means more marketing, not more nutritional value.

 

Miso Soup

 Miso is one the mainstays of traditional Japanese medicine and is commonly used in macrobiotic cooking as a digestive regulator. Made from fermented rye, beans, rice or barley, adding a tablespoon of miso to some hot water makes an excellent, quick, probiotic-rich soup.

 

Sauerkraut

 Made from fermented cabbage (and sometimes other vegetables), sauerkraut is not only extremely rich in healthy live cultures, but might also help with reducing allergy symptoms. Sauerkraut is also rich in vitamins B, A, E and C.

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Kefir

Similar to yogurt, this fermented dairy product is a unique combination of goat’s milk and fermented kefir grains. High in lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria, kefir is also rich in antioxidants. Look for a good, organic version at your local health food store.

 

Kombucha

 This is a form of fermented tea that contains a high amount of healthy gut bacteria. This probiotic drink has been used for centuries and is believed to help increase your energy, enhance your wellbeing, and maybe even help you lose weight. However, kombucha tea may not be the best fit for everyone, especially those who’ve had problems with candida.

 

Mircoalgae

Although this isn’t a food per se, it’s great to add to your morning smoothie. Microaglae refers to superfood ocean-based plants such as spirulina, chorella, and blue-green algae.

 

Pickles

 Believe it or not, the common green pickle is an excellent food source of probiotics. The less commercialized the better, but most pickles will have some microbial value.

 

Tempeh

 I wouldn’t necessarily call soy a health food any longer as it’s mostly GMO. However, tempeh can be a great substitute for meat or tofu. Tempeh is a fermented, probiotic-rich grain made from soy beans. A great source of vitamin B12, this vegetarian food can be sautéed, baked, or eaten crumbled on salads.

 

Kimchi

An Asian form of pickled sauerkraut, kimchi is an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage, typically served alongside meals in Korea. Besides beneficial bacteria, Kimchi is also a great source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2. Kimchi is one of the best probiotic foods you can add to your diet, assuming you can handle the spice, of course.

 

Poi

 Poi is a staple food of Hawaii, made by mashing cooked taro plant until its consistency is liquid to dough-like. Poi hasn’t been officially recognized as a probiotic food like these others, even though it contains more beneficial bacteria that yogurt. While poi is loaded with good germs, it’s stirred up some controversy as there’s currently no way to mass produce it in a way that’s 100% sanitized. (In order to pass health and hygiene standards in America to prepare and sell anything, everything has to be 100% sanitized.) Too bad, because fresh, fermented poi is teeming with bacteria. In order to reap these benefits from po, you might have to fly to Hawaii to get it, which sounds fine to me!

 

2) Meditate

wellness quay health sydney cbd circular quay chiropractor, acupuncuture, massageMost people “don’t think” they have time for this. Though, all you need is a quiet room. If you don’t have one I suggest purchasing some noise cancelling headphones. Put and turn them on, sit in a dark room and just concentrate on your breathing. Start trying to do this for only 5 minutes per session and then gradually increase the time as you get better. Meditation is like exercise, you get better with practise.

 

3) Exercise

for at least 30 minutes per day. You don’t have to train like an Olympian to get the benefits. Though, you have to make the sessions as intense as you can handle to get the benefits in full.

 

Darren Geer Acupuncturist Quay Health Sydney CBD Circular Quay traditional chinese medicineDr Darren Geer, Acupuncturist

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References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/gut-bacteria-mental-health_us_581770a7e4b064e1b4b3a842

 

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9331/top-10-probiotic-foods-to-add-to-your-diet.html

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I feel stable, should I keep getting adjusted?

I feel stable, should I keep getting adjusted?

 

The short answer is of course! Chiropractic adjustments are much more than just getting rid of pain. Whilst pain is what gets most people through our door, it is usually not the greatest issue. Pain in itself can be addressed with other modalities that may not be quite as effective as seeing a professional but will work for the short term.

 

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When I set out with my patient on a journey of chiropractic care we talk about the reason “why” they decided to start care.  Whilst pain is a big one for most, the pain feeling is not the problem as is the inability to function, think and move to do the things that are most important to them.  That is what gets me excited about how chiropractic can add to each person’s life…by optimizing their function and increasing their wellness.

 

“Wellness did you say?” Yes, wellness!  Because in addition to getting rid of musculoskeletal pain via correcting posture, what happens in addition to that is much more amazing.  When we stand straighter without interferences along our spine, information from our brain to the rest of our body and organs travels better with a lot more clarity and less “fog”.  As a result, organ function improves. As does hormonal changes, breathing capacity, our focus and confidence in our thoughts. (See my pervious blog on how this works)

 

Chiropractic can be experienced and used as part of your regular wellness lifestyle.  Just like eating healthily, and exercising, maintaining proper spinal alignment is crucial to optimizing every other health journey you go on.

 

“What about maintenance Doc? What does that mean?”

 

Well, as long as we live and move we will twist and at times, cause joints to strain or lock in certain directions that are not necessarily painful at the time!  They just happen, and if left as they are without a release, it can linger and create problems further down the track.  So getting an adjustment as part of a maintenance schedule reduces the chance of that happening and allows you to continue to reap the benefits of your initial groundwork when you began chiropractic care.

 

So get our there and get well people!  Tell your friends and family the positives you’ve felt in your own bodies from chiropractic and share the love.  Take care of your spine today, and live optimally later.

Dr Aline Dahdah Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD Circular Quay

Dr Aline Dahdah

Chiropractor

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If only I could get some sleep

Michelle always felt tired and sleepy in the day time, because she could not sleep at night. It usually took her more than 1 hour to fall asleep, and sometimes even the whole night until 5-6am, even though she was really sleepy.

Daniel a 12 years old, used to lie down on his desk at the school, due to his dreaminess at night.

Ben also has a sleeping problem. He always wakes up very early around 3-4am. After waking up, he would not be able to go back to sleep, no matter how sleepy he was.

insomnia treatment acupuncture Quay Health Sydney CBDInsomnia is one of the most common health problems in the world. From research, there are one out of three people who will suffer from some form of sleep disturbance during their lifetime. For some they would continue for many years, and they would try many ways to deal with it, including having sleeping medication or drugs, but these would not work when they stop taking it.

 

Clinically, insomnia may occur individually or be accompanied by the manifestations of headaches, dizziness, palpitations, amnesia, etc. Insomnia is a disease, and long-term lack of treatment or mitigation will inevitably lead to a series of adverse consequences, such as reduction in the quality of work and life, reduction in the body’s immune system, endocrine disorders, easily leading to and aggravating infectious diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases and so on.

 

In Chinese Medicine, insomnia can be divided into three different types according to the pattern of the sleep problem.

 

The first type of insomnia is that people try hard to fall asleep. If it takes over thirty minutes to fall asleep, it is defined as insomnia, but in some cases it can take hours and in several cases people just will not fall asleep until the sun comes up. This pattern in Chinese medicine is associated with a deficiency of the heart yin energy. The yin energy is the energy that calms, cools and moistens. Its function is especially important at night time. When the yin energy is deficient, our mind cannot calm down, and we would feel irritable and hot during the night and cannot have good quality sleep. This condition is associated with long term stress or overworking. Commonly associated symptoms are: night heat or night sweats, palpitations, dizziness, tinnitus, poor memory and concentration, constipation, dry mouth at nights and red tongue. The treatment for this type of insomnia is with Acupuncture points that nourish the yin energy reducing heat and calming the spirit. In addition to sleeping better the patient should also feel an all-around improvement in his physical and emotional health. Acupuncture for Shenmai(BL62), Zhaohai(KI6), Taixi(KI3), Dalin (PC7), Shenmen(HT7), Taichong(LR3) can help for that.

 

The second type of insomnia is when sleep is easy but the quality of sleep that follows is poor. The person feels that the sleep is very light and often wakes up. Sometimes it feels as if no sleep has been had at all. This type of insomnia is usually due to over work and over thinking which weaken the energies of the heart and the spleen; the digestive system. The heart in Chinese Medicine is in charge of sleep and mental activities and needs sufficient nourishment to function properly. Other symptoms often associated with this pattern are palpitations, fatigue, poor appetite and digestive problems. The treatment is by using acupuncture to nourish the heart and strengthen the digestive systems and improvement in sleep should soon follow. For acupuncture, we usually use: Xinshu(BL15), Pishu(BL20), Baihui((DU20), Shenmen(HT7), Sanyinjiao(SP6), Neiguan(PCC6). If dreaminess, can also use Pohu(BL42), Yinbai(SP1), lidui(ST45), Daling(PC7).

 

The third type of insomnia is when the problem is waking up early in the morning. The person will wake up some time between 3 and 6 in the morning and will not be able to go back to sleep. In Chinese medicine this problem is related to the liver and it is usually caused by emotional problems, stress or worry. Like worrying about what will need to do during the daytime. Other symptoms often associated with this type of insomnia are: irritability, tearfulness and sometimes light headedness. The treatment is with Acupuncture points that treat the liver and calm the mind. You can expect an improvement in your mood and general feeling, in addition to sleeping better. For the acupoint, we can use: Xinjian(LR2), Zuqiaoyin(GB44), Fengchi(GB20), Shenmen(HT7), Sishencong(EX-HN1) etc.

 

Those suffering from insomnia understand how important a good night’s sleep is in order to feel great and be productive the next day. Acupuncture for insomnia is one treatment that can help to alleviate insomnia without the need to take potentially harmful prescription sleeping aids. It focuses on treating the whole body and not just the symptoms, the root cause of the insomnia will be addressed, be it stress, pain, dietary irregularities, etc. By resolving the underlying imbalance, the insomnia will effectively be treated, and the individual will enjoy a better overall quality of life.

 

To find relief from your insomnia book an appointment to see Quay Health’s accupuncturist’s Si Chen and Darren Geer.  Call 9252 2825 to book an appointment.

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Si Chen
Acupuncturist
Quay Health Sydney CBD