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Acupuncture for the mental and emotional health of women undergoing IVF treatment: A comprehensive review

Article in Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine 9(1):5-12 · January 2014 L.-E. Grant, S. Cochrane Abstract One in six Australian couples currently struggle with impaired fertility. In vitro fertilisation (IVF) has become the assisted reproductive technology (ART) of choice. The IVF process has inherent stresses: the invasive procedures; medication; knowledge that it might be the last possibility for pregnancy; and the high cost. Both authors have observed in different settings (one clinical and the other during a clinical trial) that women often reported an improved sense of wellbeing and emotional health due to the acupuncture intervention. This paper summarises the reported benefits of acupuncture treatment for mental and emotional health during IVF identified in published peer-reviewed research papers – both theoretically (pathogenesis and physiology) and clinically (with reference to acupuncture treatment and the therapeutic encounter). The trials reviewed, investigating mental and emotional health during IVF treatment, indicate acupuncture had positive outcomes including: reduced anxiety; reduced stress; less social and relationship concern and improved psychological coping. This paper suggests that reflecting on and valuing the therapeutic alliance, including its collaborative nature, the patient feeling cared for and a perception that practitioners are empathetic, could improve fertility outcomes and the emotional health of infertile women through the process of IVF...

Chiropractic Medicare Rebate

Chiropractic Medicare Rebate Do you or anyone you know suffer from chronic musculoskeletal conditions? Good news! You may be eligible to the Medicare rebate under a GP Management Plan or Team Care Arrangements prepared by your GP, entitling you rebate to chiropractic services at our clinic. Our chiropractors regularly treat various musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, back pain, sports injuries, occupational related injuries, and pregnancy related joint pain. A Medicare rebate is available for up to maximum five allied health services per calendar year. According to the Chronic Disease Management (formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care), a chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke. There is no list of eligible conditions. However, the CDM items are tailored for patients who require a structured approach and to enable GPs to plan and coordinate the care of patients with complex conditions requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team. How does it work? 1) Meet with your GP to discuss your eligibility for chiropractic service listed in the CDM (item number 10964). Your GP may refer you to obtain diagnostic imaging and undergo tests necessary to determine if the identified services are beneficial to your medical condition. 2) Bring the referral letter provided by your GP to us. 3) Our chiropractors will provide the chiropractic services for the valid number of services stated in the referral and provide a written report to your GP after the first and the last service. 4) Kindly remember to bring along your...
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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Stress

Getting cross, irritable and snap at people when you don’t really mean to? Frustrated and depressed? Feel your life is out of control? Push yourself too hard and beyond your tolerance level? You are suffering stress! Main causes of stress include: Occupational stress: Shouldering a heavy workload; reaching the expectations others set for you; constantly having to perform the job.Conflict with colleague or costumers. Emotional stress: The breakdown of a relationship; the loss of loved one (such as death of a spouse or truly loved one), divorce or marital separation. Physical stress: Taking on extra work; heavy training sessions The consequence of stress can be: Hormonal imbalance:pre-menstrual syndromes; Low blood sugar: result from poor diet or inadequate exercise. possible stress-related digestive disorders; Poor immune function: Caused by poor diet and lifestyle. Recurring allergies such as hayfever and food sensitivities; Possibly result in chronic infection; Anxiety or panic attack; Insomnia; Hypertension or High Cholesterol; Aging. How does acupuncture help relieve stress? Acupuncture help stimulate the body to “heal itself”. For all stress related symptoms acupuncture is a safe and very effective management method. Acupuncture treatment can help reduce the Stress Hormone, restore and natural balance of the physical, emotional and mental functions. Generally during and after acupuncture treatment you would feel much calmer, more relaxed and aware the improvement of your well-being. Many researches found that acupuncture can help release Endorphin which is a “Happy Hormones” making people feel relaxed and calm. How many sessions do I need acupuncture for stress? Most likely you will experience a great feeling from the very first treatment. However acupuncture gives increasing benefits with each treatment....