Patrick Shwaluk, Doctor of Chiropractic

Patrick Shwaluk

Suite 8, 39 Old Cleveland rd
Capalaba QLD 4157

Servicing area: Capalaba, Cleveland, Alexandra HIlls, Birkdale, Sheldon, Burbank, Ormiston, Gumdale & Thornlands

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We have a highly trained acupuncturist here at Patrick Shwaluk, Doctor of Chiropractic to help restore your balance and improve your physical reaction.

Western Acupuncture & Dry Needling


What is Western Acupuncture?

Western acupuncture is close to the traditional Chinese acupuncture by inserting fine needles in particular points to produce relaxation/healing results. The points used in each acupuncture form are similar tremendously, with around 80 percent of acupuncture points becoming identical to trigger points in muscles.

Dry needles primarily utilise acupuncture needles to push trigger points into the muscles. The needles and the majority of points are identical but the rationality for placement of needles is different. Western Acupuncture uses modern scientific criteria to choose a needle location and does not include the determination of Chi, Yin, and Yang or any other procedure of Chinese Traditional Medicine. This technique incorporates Western musculoskeletal medical factors to determine the position of the needles at trigger points and or pain control points.

Trigger Point 

A trigger point is an excessively irritable location in a skeletal muscle which is connected to a responsive nodule in a close muscle band. These muscles are often tight, weakened, do not react to stretching and cause limited joint motion. Compressive triggers can lead to distinguishing referenced pain patterns, or local twitch responses to muscles or an entire body jump. Dry needling is a highly efficient way to relieve trigger points.

Emotional stress, postural stress, pain, tiredness, breathing patterns altered and sleep deficiency, infections and mineral deficiencies that cause trigger points in muscles. Once a trigger point has been established, it can continue to perpetuate itself and last until it is properly released. If the trigger point is not removed, it can cause a change of articulation and, for example, frequent neck, hip and low back pain.

Does Acupuncture work? 

Significant work has been carried out on chiropractic, acupuncture and dry needling of persistent low back pain: In 2008 the Cochrane Collaboration, a world leader in proven medical data, found that pain relief and an increased capacity for the care of acupuncture are apparent relative to no therapy or sham therapy for the completion of daily activities (improvement in function). 

For centuries, Chinese have combined spinal manipulation and acupuncture to relieve chronically low back pain and other distress. The advantages of incorporating both chiropractic and acupuncture are now verified by Western studies. 

We are pleased to offer the additional advantages of dry needling while activating points for the effects of agitation in recovering our patients' joint mobility. The mixture of treatments improves discomfort and recovers function quickly, enhancing the person's ability to engage in everyday life.

In addition to the usual medical details, it is important to inform your practitioner whether you have:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnant
  • Hepatitis B or AIDS
  • Allergy to metal 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and other immune disorders
  • Artificial implants
  • Pacemaker or any other electrical implants 
  • Experience a faint, fit, or funny turn 
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Taking anticoagulants or any other medication

The facility utilises single-use, clean, disposable needles.

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