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Managing Jaw Pain

Managing Jaw Pain

One of the most over used joints in our body is the temporo-mandibular joint or TMJ joint for short. The TMJ joint and the ligaments/muscles that surround it connect the lower jaw bone to the skull. These muscles and ligaments stretch and strain as they provide us movement to talk, chew and clench. For this reason, it’s is no wonder why so many people experience jaw pain at one point or another. When the TMJ joint becomes overworked and tight it can lead to what’s called a TMJ dysfunction. What Causes a TMJ Dysfunction? Emotional and physical stress may lead to jaw

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With Acupuncture

Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With Acupuncture

There are many reasons why people experience pain, however one common complaint people have is carpal tunnel syndrome. What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? When there is compression of the median nerve on the palm side of the wrist between tendons that flex the hand. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome. How Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Develop?  There are a number of reasons why carpal tunnel syndrome can develop. Firstly trauma of the wrist may lead to thickness of the flexor retinaculum, creating compression of the median nerve. Secondly oedema or thickness of the soft tissue, lipoma or ganglion in the

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Managing Golfer’s Elbow With Acupuncture

Managing Golfer's Elbow With Acupuncture

Most people describe pain on the inner side of the elbow as “golfers elbow” while doctors use the term medial epicondylitis. On a wider scale, a small percentage of people diagnosed with golfers elbow actually play golf! What is Golfer’s Elbow?  When there is strain of the inner part of the elbow (medical epicondyle), it causes inflammation and acute or chronic pain. How Does it Develop? Overusing the forearm can create fatigue in the muscles and tendons. This fatigue increases the chance of muscle and tendon strain and tears, leading to inflammation. In Chinese medicine, there’s an additional reason why

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Managing Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Managing Tennis Elbow With Acupuncture

Most people describe pain on the outside of the elbow as “tennis elbow”, while doctors call it lateral epicondylitis. On a wider scale less than 5% of people diagnosed with tennis elbow actually play tennis. How Does it Develop?  Tennis elbow manifests when there’s strain of the forearm (extensor muscles) and their attachments near the outside of the elbow. Overusing and repetitive moving forearm muscles can create strain and tears in the muscle and tendons, leading to inflammation. In Chinese medicine, there is an additional reason why some people are prone to these types of inflammatory conditions. Once reason is

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Managing Tension Headache with Acupuncture

Managing Tension Headache with Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have had a long history treating tension headaches. Today, tension headaches are one of the most prevalent medical complaints in Australia. What Is a Tension Headache? Firstly, tension headache is characterized by frequent or continuous mild pain on both sides of the head, with a vise-like grip in the back of head or forehead. This can spread over the entire head and get worse toward the end of the day. It’s common for people to experience tension headache less than 15 days per month. When symptoms appear more than 15 days per month, they’re considered chronic.

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