Living With Pain,  What's New at Paddington Clinic, and all things healthy... 
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What's On In The Community

Nov 1st:
It's Movember: the sprouting of mustaches on thousands of men's faces to raise funds & awareness for men's health, particularly prostate cancer & depression. 
Nov 14th
World Diabetes Day: campaigning to take control of diabetes and its prevention
Nov 18th
QLD Sun Smart Day: raising awareness for skin cancer
Nov 19th  
International Men's Day: promoting positive role models for our men & boys to develop a sense of purpose & identity for contributing to sustainable, safe & growing communities. 

What's On In The Clinic

Last chance to reserve your seats for our FREE community talk on this Wednesday, 2nd November. Poor Memory, Stressed, & want to know the link? Find out how to keep your mind sharper for longer.
Book through the clinic reception on (07) 3369 0045

Our Wellness Movement on Facebook is going strong! For daily updates on all things healthy and inspirational, just visit our welcome page and Like Us.

Our new website is live! Visit our new site and tell us on facebook what you think.

 "Wellness Wednesdays", our weekly blog posts have arrived! 
Fertility - Helping It Happen
Craving Sweets? Oriental Medicine May Have the Answers!
Our Modern Lifestyle Dilemna & how to stop it threatening our health

Just some of our latest blogs. You can find them on the blog section of our website:

"Foodie Friday" now on our facebook page - your fresh & easy recipe of the week

Practitioner News

Our practitioners are attending lots of workshops this month - bringing you the best & latest knowledge in a wide variety of health issues.

Debbie Leigh & Suzanne Wilson are both attending a seminar on malnutrition and the 7 common pathways of disease. 

Joel Delaney is undergoing the intensive study of Shonishi- a style of Japanese acupuncture that treats children. Needles are not inserted, instead stroked or tapped on the skin, making it very user friendly for the child. The style is about 300 years old and can get amazing results.

Sue Lester is attending an NLP enhancement workshop.

Mary Melling is undertaking advanced training through Mediherb - one of the leading herbal ranges used in the clinic. 

Peter Delaney is continuing his intensive ear acupuncture training course and is getting amazing results with pain, sleep, and stress. 

Peter and Suzanne are also attending a FSM training course -a modality used in the clinic for pain-related conditions. (More on this later in the newsletter)

And lastly, we say a sad good bye to Rachel Steward, who has been with the clinic for 7 years. She is moving to Melbourne and we wish her all the best. Joel, Mary and Peter will still be avaliable to take care of all your acupuncture needs. 

Welcome to Paddington Clinic Monthly News.

Pain affects lives. From minor aches to debilitating agony, pain can change your mood, affect your health, destroy your relationships and stop you living your life to the full. Anybody who's ever had to live with pain knows how insidious and soul destroying it can be.
From headaches, to arthritis, to acute injuries, pain affects us all, so we have dedicated this month's newsletter to helping understand and deal with it's presence in our lives. 

Are You In Alignment? 
by Joel Delaney- Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist

A large majority of pain conditions I see at the clinic relate to the structural balance of each person, which stems from the alignment of the hips. The body needs symmetry to function optimally, minimize muscle tension and reduce pain.

From an oriental point of view, the idea of pain is simple: lack of blood and energy movement will cause pain. Sharp pain relates to the blood and ache or dull pain relates to energy movement. Have you noticed that when you get a bruise (pooling of blood and lack of movement) pressing it gives a sharp pain? Then when the bruise starts to disappear the pain changes to a dull sensation (energy congestion)?

This relates to structural imbalance because if there is tension in a particular part of your body, the blood and energy movement in this area is impaired. The tight muscle can put pressure on blood vessels or joints like your spine, causing a less than optimal environment for your body, meaning you are more likely to feel pain, have weak joints or slow injury recovery.
From a holistic point of view, structural balance relates to the complete structure however it can relate to single areas like the shoulder or knee joint for example. 

You'll see in the picture above (Figure 1) that the hips act like the epicentre of the body (orange triangle). If the hips are level, the body is more likely to have structural balance. If the hips are not in balance they have a flow on effect to the upper back, neck and down through the legs knees and feet. In the diagram above, for example, the hips tilt down on the left, and the shoulders have to compensate, falling to the right. This is an attempt to keep the head level but will lead to (or make worse) things like upper back and neck tightness / pain. You can also see that the left leg rolls in, potentially causing problems and pain in the left knee, and possibly the left ankle.

Hip balance can be easily measured in your consult, firstly by checking your leg length. If your hips are out one of your legs will appear longer than the other. The other is to visually compare the tops of both hip bones to see if they are at the same level.  

Hip imbalance can effectively be corrected with acupuncture, massage and Sotai (Japanese style of stretching). Over a period of time (dependent on level of imbalance) these modalities are used to retrain the relevant muscle to hold proper alignment (retrain muscle memory), move blood and repair any damage. This will help hold the structure in a position which benefits all of your body. 


For more information on natural pain soltuions, visit our website:

‎"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." Jim Rohn

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Natural Pain Solutions

Surely, There's An Alternative?
Up until recently, the most common way to manage pain was to prescribe anti-inflammatories &/or pain killers, and undergo surgery if needed. These methods, while effective in some cases, neglects cellular tissue trauma, which can lead to a person experiencing ongoing pain and dysfunction. Not to mention the side-effects drugs and surgery can cause for people. At Paddington Clinic, we use Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) to repair damaged tissue at a cellular level & enhance the bio-electrical activity of the injured muscle. FSM sends tiny electrical currents through damaged areas to help normalise cellular energy production & function, and to promote self-healing of tissues.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy helps:
Relieve pain, reduce muscle spasms, reduce muscle loss, increase blood circulation to injured areas, and maintain and/or increase range of motion to injured areas.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy has been successfully used by Healthcare Professionals around the world to relieve the symptomatic pain associated with many conditions including:
Muscular aches.
Spasms and cramps.
Mild Neuralgia.

Visit the link below to find out more about pain solutions at Paddington Clinic:

Did You Know

Understanding Pain.

The mechanism of pain is a viscous cycle:

If no intervention is taken, damage will continue to occur and the symptoms of pain will become worse with time. 
News & Research

In The News:
Even the US military is using Acupuncture for pain relief - on the battlefields! “Battlefield Acupuncture” is being implemented daily in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Latest Research: 
There is evidence that herbal medicines have established physiological effects in alleviating pain & promoting healing.  Studies have linked the following botanical extracts to a considerable reduction in the pain response.

Ginger: reduces osteoarthritis pain and stiffness
Willowbark: reduces inflammatory pain
Capsaicin: reduces pain
Devil's Claw: reduces osteoarthritic and lower back pain
Curcumin: reduces acute inflammation
Boswellia: reduces inflammation

Please Note: Do not take any supplements without the supervision of your Paddington Clinic Practitioner

The Benefits of Pain
by Sue Lester, Master Practitioner of NLP and Hypnosis

If you are an occasional or chronic sufferer of pain, it may seem odd there are actually benefits to pain, both immediate and ongoing.  The immediate benefits are more obvious, but it is the ongoing which can be unconscious and therefore not as quickly or easily treated.  Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is particularly effective for the latter, and complements more common pain treatments such as acupuncture, massage, osteopathy, physiotherapy and Frequency Specific Micro-current (FSM).

Pain is our body’s way of communicating that something is wrong, and action needs to be taken to remove ourselves from the source of the pain.  During the healing process pain persists as a reminder to take care of the injured part.  It’s important to seek help during this stage as untreated pain in one part of the body can in turn injure another. For example, limping with a sore leg for a few days throws our hips and subsequently back out of alignment.

(Pain during childbirth is different. It can be signaling to the mother to move position to assist baby’s progress, but unfortunately the agony many women experience comes more from fear [the body tensing and resisting], and expectations of childbirth pain from the stories heard and movies seen.  The mind-body connection with pain is significant, and nothing illustrates this more than the magic of watching a tranquil Hypno Birth, or the amazing orgasmic birth – if every woman could experience one of those our population would explode!  In these situations the mother’s mind convinces her body that birthing is safe, natural and achievable without significant discomfort or pain, and her body and baby totally agree.)

The benefits of ongoing pain are less obvious, and even the concept of Secondary Gain can be quite confronting to a sufferer.  On a personal note, once I was introduced to the concept, my years and years of vomiting tension headaches made sense, and I was able to develop strategies to manage then prevent them occurring.  For me, the Secondary Gain, or benefits of an otherwise negative situation, were time out from a stressful job, avoidance of situations out of my comfort zone, a catch-up on sleep, sympathetic attention and some tender loving care from loved ones.

For pain that is ongoing for more than 6 weeks, there is commonly an underlying emotional reason or benefit, and often there is no conscious awareness of that.  This is when NLP can be invaluable in both identifying and removing the underlying cause, if desired, or simply training the brain to communicate to the body in a different way so the pain is alleviated.   The obvious benefit of the former is that the problem won’t later resurface in a different way i.e. back pain replaced with stomach aches. 
Remember pain is one way our unconscious mind communicates with our conscious mind that something needs to change.  Whether we choose to listen and act, or not, is a personal choice.  

Wishing you a great month.
Yours in health,
The team at Paddington Clinic.

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