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Member since 2020

Adelaide Complementary Medicine Clinic

Nicholas Filippakis

Servicing area: Edwardstown, Melrose Park, Blakeview and surrounding areas.

Focus area: Advanced soft tissue therapies Work injuries Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
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Musculoskeletal Therapy and Cold Laser applications in the treatment of complex myofascial pain conditions. Infrared Thermal Imaging is also available as an adjunct to the clinical examination and general health screening. Particularly in the mapping of thermal physiology changes of more complex pain conditions. Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Auriculotherapy modalities are also provided.

Adelaide Complementary Medicine Clinic

Multimodality Degree Qualified Health Practitioner (since 1989)


Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck & Shoulder Pain
  • Migraines
  • Foot Pain
  • Jaw Pain (including TMJ Dysfunction)
  • Nerve Pain (Including Sciatica, Trigeminal Neuropathy and Radiculopathies)
  • Chronic Pain & Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Disc Injury
  • Sports Injury
  • Autoimmune Conditions i.e. RA or Psoriasis
  • Depression & Stress
  • General Health Issues 


Services Provided:

Cold Laser Therapy Therapeutic Laser can help many patients achieve drug-free, non-invasive pain therapy for a range of chronic conditions. In addition to direct healing applications, low level lasers also provide an alternative needle-free acupuncture or myofascial dry needling options.


Musculoskeletal Therapy (also known as Myotherapy) focuses on the treatment and management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. The approach considers the body as a whole so lifestyle, environmental and psychosocial factors are considered, along with an individual’s specific history and symptoms to gain a true picture of a client and their state of health. A range of therapeutic treatment techniques may be used in the treatment of affected muscles, joints and nerves.


Infrared Thermal Imaging Technology is also available as an adjunct to the physical examination. This may be particularly useful in the visual mapping of thermal physiology changes in more complex chronic pain conditions and general health screening.

Treatment is provided using a variety of techniques including:

Remedial Massage to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. A range of manual therapy techniques may be employed in treatment, such as Deep Connective Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Direct and Indirect Myofascial Techniques, and Neuromuscular Facilitation.

Therapeutic massage to promote wellbeing, improve sleep, treat anxiety and tension, and enhance a range of systemic body functions.

Studies show that massage therapy can have a profound affect on mood, with anxiety reduction being one of the well-established effects. Evidence for the effectiveness of massage in promoting mental health crosses multiple presenting conditions and populations.

Structural bodywork to address postural and biomechanical patterns of strain.

Lymphatic drainage and lymphoedema management to support and enhance the primary care of patients whose lymphatic system has been compromised by a variety of chronic or acute illnesses.

Oncology, palliative care and geriatric massage to support the primary care of patients with chronic illness and a broad range of quality-of-life issues.

Myofascial Dry Needling is like acupuncture but involves insertion of a filiform needle into tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, bursae, fat pad) that is either causing or contributing to pain. The needle initiates both a local response (at the point of insertion) and neurological response (at the spinal cord) which has analgesic effects and promotes local healing.

Electromuscular Dry Needling is a similar technique to Myofascial Dry Needling, with the addition of electrotherapy. An electrical current is applied to the muscle and/or tendons via the inserted microfilament needles at varied frequency, dependent on the presenting condition and desired results. This helps to reduce the sensitivity of those nerves, giving relief from symptoms, increasing range of motion and reducing neural tension.

Auriculotherapy & Vagus Nerve Stimulation  Vagus nerve stimulation via the external ear using electronic devices has been shown to increase the "relaxation response" of the parasympathetic nervous system and reduce fight-or-flight stress responses driven by the sympathetic nervous system. Conditions which may be treated include for chronic pain & inflammation, depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, migraines, gut issues, autoimmune conditions, addictions and more.


Qualification details

Professional Accredited member of the following:

Myotherapy Association Australia 

National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists

Australian Medical Laser Association

Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association

Registered Scientist - Institute of Biomedical Scientists (UK)

European Association of Thermology

Service categories

Adelaide Complementary Medicine Clinic