Category Archives: Acupuncture

Anxiety and How Acupuncture Helps?

Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stressful situations, however when it becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can become a disabling disorder. As a result it has become one of the most common mental-emotional conditions affecting individuals today.


If you suffer from anxiety you’re probably very familiar with the symptoms including muscle tension, sleep disturbance, restlessness, fatigue, irritability, heart palpitations and shortness of breath. For some people it seems to come out of the blue and creep up at unexpected moments. For others, anxiety is predictable and associated with certain situations and events. The good news is that Acupuncture at Active Physio Health can provide a natural form of relief from these feelings, helping you return to a happier life.


A Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist, views anxiety as affecting three organ systems the Heart, Spleen, and Kidneys. Each organ system is associated with an emotion, and worry is the emotion associated with the Chinese Spleen. The Heart in Chinese Medicine houses the Shen, or your spirit, which includes consciousness, memory, emotions, and thinking. The Kidneys are perhaps the organ system most damaged by stress and anxiety. It correlates best to the Western condition of adrenal fatigue (from stress, anxiety, overwork, etc.)


Chinese medicine and acupuncture can offer a number of strategies to help someone suffering from anxiety. Your practitioner would work by first calming your Shen using acupuncture. This is an effective first line of defence, as research has documented the positive effects that acupuncture has on brain chemistry. It has been found that acupuncture increases the secretion of endorphins in the brain, the feel good substance associated with pain relief. This effect accounts for the relaxing and calming sensation patients feel both during and after their treatments.


Fortunately, acupuncture can help balance both the mental and physical manifestations of this condition returning you to an easy-going life. Depending on the exact manifestations of your anxiety in conjunction with an observation of the pulse and tongue, an acupuncturist can determine which Traditional Chinese Medicine pattern of anxiety you are experiencing.


Give Acupuncture at Active Physio Health a try and you will be amazed at the many benefits it can provide. Best of all acupuncture is covered under most health funds. Visit to make an appointment at 33 Off Street, Gladstone or telephone (07) 4972 5155. To make an appointment in Biloela please contact (07) 4992 5037.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is documented to be at least 5,000 years old and is considered by many to be the most advanced form of natural, medical treatment in the world. In fact, over one quarter of the world’s population have witnessed the positive effects of TCM in their everyday life. One of the most popular forms of TCM treatment is acupuncture, which can be used for a wide range of injuries, illnesses and ailments.


Right here in Gladstone the revered team at the newly renovated ‘Active Physio Health’ Clinic welcomes an exciting new addition, Anna-Jeanne Day, a recently qualified Acupuncturist (Bachelor of Health Science: Acupuncture.)  She has studied in both Australia and China and is now ready to help the Gladstone community improve their health and well-being.


In Australia and other Western countries, there has existed a level of scepticism towards TCM and acupuncture. However, acupuncture has rapidly grown in popularity over the past few decades as it has become recognised as a successful and effective form of complementary medicine. The establishment of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, currently being implemented, reflects this growth in interest. Membership of this national body will be compulsory from the 1st of July this year, requiring practitioners to have achieved a four year Bachelor of Health Science or equivalent, before they can provide treatment. In addition to the confidence inspired by the increased requirements of regulation and training, this rapid growth can be attributed to the multiple evidence-based studies that have provided scientific proof that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of many health issues.


As a result of this evidence, most health funds now provide rebates for members being treated by a registered practitioner. In fact, Acupuncture has become so popular as a complementary treatment that many doctors now recommend its use as part of a Western medical treatment plan. Unfortunately, it is not yet being fully utilised as a large number of the population do not understand what acupuncture is and how effectively it can be used.


From a western perspective, the practice of acupuncture is focussed on the insertion of very thin, flexible needles into the skin at specific points for the purpose of treating various disorders. This stimulates nerve impulses and multiple other mechanisms which can have an affect on hormonal secretions and can release endorphins which helps with pain management. However, there is more to it than that. As with all TCM practices, acupuncture employs a holistic approach to health. A qualified practitioner utilises various techniques including ‘cupping’ and traditional ‘spoon scraping’ therapy (Gua Sha) which increase blood flow to affected areas’.  Electro-acupuncture, moxibustion, Tui Na massage, lifestyle and dietary advice are used in conjunction with needling in order to treat a wide variety of injuries and health complaints or simply improve your quality of life.


The ‘Active Physio Health’ practitioners provide a caring and professional team approach to all of your health care problems. Visit to make an appointment at 33 Off Street, Gladstone or telephone (07) 4972 5155 (Mon – Fri,   7am – 6pm,  and conveniently on Sat, 7.30am – 12pm).  Anna-Jeanne will also be visiting at the Biloela rooms weekly. To make an appointment in Biloela please contact (07) 4992 5037.

Give Acupuncture a try and you will be amazed at the many benefits it can provide. The World Health Organisation recognises a number of disorders successfully treated including: skin conditions such as eczema; headaches, stress, fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia; gynaecological problems such as menstrual disorders and infertility; respiratory conditions including sinus and cough; digestive issues;  weight control; sporting injuries, sciatica, neck, shoulder and back pain, and many more both chronic and acute conditions.


Anna-Jeanne Day (BHSc) (Acu)

Back Pain

Back pain is something that we need to take action and not to neglect if you’re suffering from it.

Did you know that back pain is one of the most prevalent reasons people seek health care? And can affect up to 80% of the population at some point in their lives? This is always something to be focus on and give attention because it might be a lifetime problem. In Australia and around the world countless hours are lost each year due to some form of back pain.

Most causes of the pain are the result of irritation/trauma. Also poor posture or poor function of the bones, joints, ligaments or muscles in your lower, mid and upper back. Be more knowledgable about this case for you to prevent this kind of serious condition.

It can cause signs and symptoms such as stiffness and tightness, dull aching, sudden sharp pain, numbness or tingling, muscle spasms. And sciatic pain that radiates down the leg.

Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment option for all types of back pain, also known as most common treatment. The team at Active Physio Health now offers Traditional Chinese Acupuncture to the Gladstone and Biloela regions.

Acupuncture focuses on restoring harmony and energetic balance to the body which stimulates natural healing and promotes health.

Research has shown that acupuncture causes the body to produce natural steroids which decrease inflammation. And can promote the production of natural endorphins which can help decrease pain.

It can therefore play an important role in the reduction or elimination of back pain by reducing recovery time and preventing a chronic condition from developing.

It can also help avoid the need for costlier and more invasive surgical procedures. And if back pain can be significantly reduced with acupuncture. It also lowers the need for painkillers or other medications that can either cause unwanted side-effects or prolong a patient’s condition.

Give Acupuncture a try and you will be amazed at the many benefits it can provide, it’s worth a try.

Best of all acupuncture is covered under most health funds. Visit to make an appointment at 33 Off Street, Gladstone or telephone (07) 4972 5155. To make an appointment in Biloela please contact (07) 4992 5037.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy has been used in China for thousands of years, and is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine that you may not have heard of before however the benefits are vast and range from decrease in pain, activation of the lymphatic system, promotion of blood circulation, relaxation and deep tissue repair. It’s commonly used to treat muscle aches and pains, tightness, sprains, injuries to soft tissues and respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.


The therapy involves the heating of specialised glass cups in order to draw and hold skin and superficial muscles inside the cup. The cups are applied to certain acupuncture points usually on the back as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain. On one hand, cupping removes any stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that qi can flow freely. On the other, it also helps to rejuvenate certain meridians and organs that are not functioning at their best.

From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to promote blood circulation by lifting the body’s connective tissue, loosening any adhesions and restoring blood flow to areas of the body that have been restricted. In this way it is good for deep tissue repair as the cups suction is often four inches into the tissues, causing the tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, activate and clear the veins and skin, clear stretch marks, and improve the appearance of varicose veins.

Cups are generally left in place for ten to twenty minutes. The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow. The cups are then removed and what appear to be bruises are often left the more stagnation there is.

You can try Cupping Therapy at ‘Active Physio Health’ with Anna-Jeanne Day our Acupuncturist. Visit to make an appointment at 33 Off Street, Gladstone or telephone (07) 4972 5155.   Anna-Jeanne will also be visiting at the Biloela rooms weekly. To make an appointment in Biloela please contact (07) 4992 5037.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture and Infertility

Acupuncture: Acupuncture and Infertility


Many things affect fertility including both psychological and physiological factors. Stress and anxiety play a part as do a range of physiological factors affecting both the male and female partners. It definitely takes two to make a baby and the sperm plays just as big a role as the egg and the environment in the uterus. However, there is a growing body of evidence that a combination of western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine is helping couples to increase their fertility.


Acupuncture has a long history of helping infertile couples. Research is available which demonstrates that acupuncture can help on both psychological and physiological levels.


The acupuncturist looks for obstructions of the muscles and nerve channels and the needles are placed in the muscle at the depth where the obstruction occurs. This relaxes the muscle enabling several things to happen:

  • Increased supply of blood to the uterus and ovaries creating a rich environment for the embryo.
  • Improved blood supply to the area brings the body’s naturally produced chemicals and hormones to the area that enables healing to occur.
  • Impurities can be addressed from the areas of blockages such as PCOS, Endometriosis.
  • Balances endocrine system
  • Increase the chance of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).


Chinese Medicine also puts a focus on correcting any imbalances in the menstrual cycle such as irregularities in length and amount of blood as well as painful menses. If there is a smooth menstrual cycle this can increase the chance of success.


There is no risk of unwanted side effects with acupuncture. It is based on thousands of years of knowledge, is both herb and drug free and offers patients a viable alternative or complementary treatment to Western treatments.


Contact us or Visit: 

Agnes Physiotherapy Clinic
2 Rafting Ground Rd, Agnes Water
Phone: (07) 4972 5155
Fax: (07) 4972 0556


Stress is something most of us suffer from at some point in our lives and it is becoming more and more apparent in today’s busy society. However we can only take so much before we begin to grow vulnerable to some serious health problems.


What happens when you’re really stressed out?

  • “fight or flight” response. When you’re stressed, the brain signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol. Persistently high levels of these chemicals may impair memory and learning and increase changes of depression.
  • increase blood sugar and glucose levels increasing risk of type two diabetes
  • can cause narrowing of the arteries and elevate cholesterol levels, upping your chances of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
  • slowing wound healing, leaving you more susceptible to infection, and worsening skin conditions such as eczema, hives, and yes — acne.
  • dry mouth, indigestion, nausea, and gas, possibly causing diarrhoea or constipation. Have these symptoms chronically, and you may increase your risk for irritable bowel syndrome, severe heartburn, and ulcers.
  • constantly tight muscles can cause headaches and neck, shoulder, and back pain. Chronic stress may also increase your likelihood of developing osteoporosis.


Imagine being able to relieve your stress easily and naturally.


Acupuncture therapy helps your body to tune into your parasympathetic nervous system or relaxation response. After a treatment your heart beat is more regular, breathing is deeper, you’re bringing more oxygen into your blood stream, smooth muscles are relaxed and digestion is more complete. And on the psychological level it can help you to feel clear headed and refreshed. Over time acupuncture allows us to feel less affected by and better equipped to manage the stressful aspects of our lives. To enquire contact us on 49725155 (Gladstone) or 49925037 (Biloela).


Contact Active Physio Health and book your appointment today.

Agnes Physiotherapy Clinic
2 Rafting Ground Rd, Agnes Water
Phone: (07) 4972 5155
Fax: (07) 4972 0556

Editorial on Menstrual Irregularities

Menstrual Irregularities


Menstruation, or period, is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Every month, your body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterus, or womb, sheds its lining. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus. It passes out of the body through the vagina.


Based on research,  for most women, a normal menstrual cycle ranges from 21 to 35 days.1 However, 14% to 25% of women have irregular menstrual cycles, meaning the cycles are shorter or longer than normal; are heavier or lighter than normal; or are experienced with other problems, like abdominal cramps.2 Irregular cycles can be ovulatory, meaning that ovulation occurs, or anovulatory, meaning ovulation does not occur.


There are many health issues women of all ages commonly find themselves confronted with from irregular menstruation, cramping, light to heavy menstrual flows, skipped periods, both long and short menstrual cycles, the list seems to go on.Acupuncture offers a natural approach to such women’s health issues. It provides specific treatment approaches for any problems regarding the menstrual cycle by regulating and balancing hormones that are under influence of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland and the ovaries.


From a Chinese Medicine perspective the menstrual cycle is a good indicator of women’s general health. Any problems around menstrual cycle can be caused by either structural or functional problems either related to stress, poor diet, weight fluctuations, uterine polyps, fibroids, dysfunctional bleeding and more.


A cycle that is regular with a flow that is adequate and without discomfort indicates that blood production and circulation are healthy.Poor eating habits, lack of exercise, a stressful lifestyle and emotional upset as previously mentioned may encourage blood deficiency and the obstructed circulation of blood and qi (vital energy), leading to irregularity, pain, mood swings, headaches, or fatigue.


An acupuncturist in your first consultation will ask many questions all about your general health and others regarding your period such as irritability, breast tenderness, mild cramps, abdominal bloating, migraines and/or excessive sugar cravings which will then help to form a diagnosis. An acupuncturist will also look at your tongue and pulse in order to make confirm thatdiagnosis and choose the point selection.


Treatment for menstrual irregularities is generally carried out over three to four menstrual cycles with often noticeable difference in one cycle. Depending on the diagnosis acupuncture is often suggested one to two times a week.


Acupuncture is a safe method of helping to regulate a period and offers a great alternative to the western biomedical framework. Give Acupuncture a try and you will be amazed at the many benefits it can provide. Best of all acupuncture is covered under most health funds. Visit to make an appointment at 33 Off Street, Gladstone or telephone (07) 4972 5155. To make an appointment in Biloela please contact (07) 4992 5037.

Common Assumption About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, to various depths. A common assumption about acupuncture is that it hurts. You are, after all, getting stuck with needles. Fear of pain from acupuncture needles is one of the most common reasons people forgo acupuncture.

Often to the astonishment of those who take the plunge, acupuncture usually does not hurt. No pain, though, does not mean no sensation.

There are instances where acupuncture needles are inserted without the recipient feeling a thing—this is especially common with styles of acupuncture that utilize extra thin needles, such asJapanese acupuncture.

However, most of the time acupuncture produces some kind of sensation at the site of needling. This moment, when a person literally feels an acupuncture point working, is known in acupuncture lingo as de qi. It is a good thing.

Another way of thinking about de qi is that the acupuncture needle has accessed the energetic material that it needs to produce movement throughout the body. When the point is activated, change is initiated.


Acupuncture Can But Should Not Feel Sharp

Everyone experiences de qi differently, but de qi is never sharp.

When an acupuncture needle gets inserted, if you feel sharpness beyond the level of a mild mosquito bite, tell your acupuncturist. He or she may try needling the point again, or may simply remove the needle if the area has become sensitive.

A feeling of sharpness from an acupuncture needle occasionally happens; it’s nothing to worry about. However, acupuncture should be a comfortable experience. Most acupuncturists want their patients to speak up about any discomfort during the treatment. If yours doesn’t, find a new acupuncturist.

5 Common Acupuncture Sensations

Okay, so acupuncture feels like something and that something isn’t sharp. Then what does it feel like? Here are the five most common descriptions of how acupuncture feels:


Having an acupuncture point needled can feel like a weight is being placed on the area. Sometimes this feeling of heaviness expands, spreading throughout the body part where the needle was placed. This heaviness is calming rather than oppressive.


Along with heaviness, an achy sensation can occur at the needling site. It usually dissipates after a few seconds, but occasionally a point will ache or even throb slightly throughout the treatment. This is normal but it can be intense, especially on points that are located on the hands and feet. If it feels too strong, tell your acupuncturist so that he or she can adjust the stimulation.


The needling of certain acupuncture points can feel almost like you’re being shocked or zapped. It’s usually a surprising, traveling jolt that quickly disappears. One of the most common acupuncture points for causing this sensation is Pericardium 6, since the median nerve runs directly beneath it.


A patient once told me that she feels like a Christmas tree when she gets acupuncture. Acupuncture points can cause tingling at the needling site as well as throughout the body. Sometimes this happens immediately upon needle insertion and other times, which is where the Christmas-tree analogy comes from, it happens while you’re resting with needles. Points intermittently tingle like twinkling lights.


A spreading sensation of warmth sometimes engulfs the area around an acupuncture point. This typically occurs a minute or two after the needle is inserted. It is a pleasant feeling, like internal heating pads are being applied to various body parts.

If acupuncture causes you to feel something other than these five sensations—or nothing at all—that’s okay, too. These are just the sensations that occur most often.

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