Back Pain Specialist Adelaide

Acupuncture as a treatment for chronic low back pain has Level One Evidence of Positive Effect. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking medical attention and many people have discovered the benefits of acupuncture for this debilitating condition. One large German study found acupuncture to be nearly twice as effective as conventional treatment, physiotherapy and pain medications!

When acupuncture needles are carefully inserted into tight, sore muscles, the body responds by relaxing the muscle tissue, enhancing the circulation of blood and reducing inflammation.

Chinese Medicine always takes an individualised approach to treatment. The Shen Adelaide team of Chinese Medicine practitioners will adapt to the specific symptoms and body signs that any one person presents. We use the full range of Chinese Medicine skills including acupuncture, acupressure, cupping and guasha to ensure you walk out of our clinic feeling much better than when you walked in!

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