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Chronic Pain Acupuncture in Bondi Junction

Discover chronic pain acupuncture treatments at our Bondi Junction clinic. We offer holistic treatments that may help you address chronic pain and its’ causes.

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Welcome to Kintsugi Therapies, a premier go-to acupuncture clinic for holistic healing and chronic pain management in Bondi Junction, NSW.

If chronic pain has been your unwelcome companion, know that you’re not alone

At Kintsugi Therapies, we’re here to help you to rewrite the narrative of pain and offer hope, one acupuncture treatment at a time.

Understanding the mechanism of Chronic Pain:

Unlike acute pain, which typically resolves within a few days or weeks, chronic pain persists for months or even years. One simple analogy is to consider chronic pain like a traffic jam in your body’s messaging system. It starts with a temporary roadblock, like an injury or health issue, but if not resolved, it can become a permanent obstacle.

Over a period of time (this is the chronic nature part) our body’s alarm system starts signalling pain even when there’s no immediate threat. Eventually a rewiring of your brain circuits can amplify the pain signals and making them feel stronger and more persistent.

This feedback impacts negatively on your nervous system. As you feel more pain, have less relief periods and experience more flare ups, your nervous system adopts a ‘switched on’ or ‘high alert state’, meaning it has become sensitised.

This ongoing cycle discomfort and pain can have a profound impact on your physical and emotional well-being, making everyday tasks challenging and diminishing your overall quality of life.

The most common drivers of chronic pain:

    • Back Pain: Including lower back pain, upper back pain, or spinal issues like herniated discs.
    • Arthritis: Inflammation of one or more joints, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Muscle Strains: Resulting from overuse, injury, or poor posture.
    • Migraines and Headaches: Recurrent and often severe headaches that can significantly impact daily life.
    • Fibromyalgia: A disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness.
    • Nerve Damage (Neuropathy): Causing tingling, numbness, or shooting pain along affected nerves.
    • Injuries: From accidents, falls, sports activities, or trauma, leading to persistent pain.
    • Autoimmune Conditions: Such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), which can cause chronic pain as a symptom.
    • Endometriosis: A painful disorder in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus.
    • Cancer: Tumors and cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation can cause chronic pain.
    • Post-Surgical Pain: Persistent pain following surgery, known as post-surgical or postoperative pain.
    • Fibromyalgia: A condition characterized by widespread pain and tenderness in muscles and soft tissues.
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): A chronic pain condition affecting one limb, usually after an injury or trauma.
    • Degenerative Disc Disease: Wear and tear on spinal discs leading to chronic pain, often in the neck or lower back.

How Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Can Help Chronic Pain:

Treating chronic pain using acupuncture and Chinese medicine involves addressing both the physical symptoms and rewiring your brain’s response to pain signals.

It’s like repairing roads and rerouting traffic to restore smooth communication within your body. The outcome we’re seeking in using acupuncture for chronic pain can be summed up in simple terms, calm things down (aim to reduce pain levels), build confidence in movement (with less pain), move more (to rebuild confidence, strength and conditioning).

Acupuncture & Chinese medicine has been used for centuries to assist with pain and promote healing. The ancient Chinese observed that by stimulating specific points on the body using acupuncture or acupressure this could help restore balance to the body’s energy flow, known as Qi.

These days, acupuncture for chronic pain taps into the fascinating realm of neuroscience, shedding light on how this ancient healing practice may alleviate discomfort.

When tiny acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points on your body, they stimulate nerves under your skin and in your muscles. This stimulation triggers your body to release its natural painkillers, like endorphins, along with mood-boosting chemicals like serotonin and dopamine.

Studies reveal acupuncture doesn’t just stop there. It also chats with your brain, influencing areas that handle pain, emotions, and thoughts. Modern day brain scans have shown that acupuncture can shake things up in these brain regions, helping to dial down pain signals and potentially bring relief.

At the local level, too acupuncture has been shown to boost blood flow., calms down inflammation, both of which are implicated in the development and persistence of chronic pain and gets your body’s healing mechanisms pumping as it aims to resolve pain.

This means that acupuncture is not just masking the pain but helping your body heal itself.

In a nutshell, acupuncture isn’t just sticking needles in randomly; it’s tapping into your body’s own pain-fighting pharmacy and healing superpowers to help you feel better.

Our Approach to Chronic Pain Acupuncture:

At Kintsugi Therapies, we take a personalized approach to chronic pain acupuncture in our Bondi junction clinic.

As an experienced practitioner I will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. Whether you’re dealing with back pain, arthritis, migraines, or another chronic pain condition, we’re here to help you find relief, regain control of and improve your quality life.

The Aims of Chronic Pain Acupuncture:

The aims of acupuncture for chronic pain are;

  • Reduced pain intensity and frequency
  • Improved mobility and flexibility
  • Improved energy levels
  • Enhanced mood and overall well-being
  • Decreased reliance on pain medication
  • Better sleep quality and duration

FAQ’S about acupuncture:

If you have questions about acupuncture, what’s involved in our acupuncture sessions, number of sessions required etc. please click this link and scroll to find your question. If you can’t find it please click here and you’ll be taken to our enquiry form (at bottom of Home page) where I can answer your query directly.

Studies & Research for Chronic Pain Acupuncture:

While Kintsugi Therapies is rooted in the wisdom of ancient practices it also acknowledges that modern research can offer new & interesting insights and perspectives on health and longevity.

These papers provide comprehensive analyses of acupuncture’s efficacy in managing chronic pain, based on rigorous scientific evidence.

Vickers AJ, et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1444-1453. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654

Linde K, et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: update of an individual patient data meta-analysis. J Pain. May 2018; Vol 19, Issue 5, pages 455-474

Witt CM, Jena S, Brinkhaus B, Liecker B, Wegscheider K, Willich SN. Acupuncture for patients with chronic neck pain. Pain. 2006 Dec 15;125(1-2):98-106. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2006.05.013. Epub 2006 Jun 30. PMID: 1680893.

MacPherson H, et al. Individual patient data meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic pain: protocol of the Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration. Trials. 2010;11:90. doi:10.1186/1745-6215-11-90

Yuan QL, et al. Acupuncture for chronic pain: an update and critical overview of systematic reviews. Med Res Rev. 2017;37(3):581-618. doi:10.1002/med.21424


Booking Information:

Ready to take the first step towards relief from chronic pain? Contact Kintsugi Therapies today to schedule your acupuncture appointment. I’m here to assist you and guide you on your journey to better health and wellness.


First acupuncture appointment (80 mins duration): $160

Follow up acupuncture appointment (60 mins duration): $130


Please ask us about 3/5 & 10 session packs