Sports,Pain & Rehabilitation

The practice and study of Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and rehabilitation exercises can be seen throughout Chinas history from Emperors and high court officials to the soldiers of the imperial army down to the common farmer. In Traditional Martial Arts of the time to now there has always been an emphasis on recovery and healing of the body using Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and even traditional rehabilitation exercises known as Tai Qi or Qi gong to aid in the recovery of the body from injuries or trauma due to sustained hard physical training and combat.

You can also find in modern times there have been numerous professional athletes across the world who in some form have utilised methods of Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Cupping as seen in the Olympics to provide that extra edge of recovery and rehabilitation for their performance where at an elite level it is necessary, as the use of drugs and other forms of rehabilitation are strictly regulated so they often turn towards natural treatment methods for their recovery.

Modern scientific research demonstrates that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is an intervention that can be useful for patients diagnosed with musculoskeletal conditions,including frozen shoulder, neurological pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, lumbar pain, knee pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, spurs, Mortons neuroma, plantar fasciitis and sciatica.

Rehabilitation

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is a growing part of general rehabilitation protocols both abroad in the United States and in China for conditions such as post stroke recovery, Bells Palsy,post-surgical recovery and neurological pain. Currently in the United States there are some clinics and hospitals considering Acupuncture as a non drug alternative therapy for pain to tackle the prescription opioid addiction crisis. In Australia Acupuncture has been accepted in some Hospitals as a complementary service for Cancer patients in Chris O'Briens life house centre and Western Sydneys Liverpool Hospital at the Wellness Centre.

Therapy

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is variety of methods involving the stimulation of specific points on the body. The most common form out of the Nine Needles from ancient China is by inserting fine sterile filiform needles into specific points of the human body called acupoints.Usually the needles are retained for a duration of 15-30 minutes and in some cases longer to aid in recovery and increase blood flow or Qi energy throughout your body aiding in the bodies own natural healing processes. Acupuncture points are chosen by the practitioner through a step by step diagnosis and theory unique to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is often mistaken to the practice of "dry needling" adopted by western physical therapist where they have borrowed the use of an Acupuncture needle applied to the western medical trigger points practice and model.The only similarity that can be seen is in Traditional Chinese Medicine are the Acupuncture points which are known as Ashi or tender points which were discovered by the famous Physician Sun Si Mao in the Tang Dynasty.

Chinese Herbal Medicine:

Chinese Herbal Medicine is herbal prescriptions made up of medicinal substances, primarily from plants, but also specific minerals and in ancient times animal products. They are prescribed in the form of teas, capsules,liquid extracts, granules or powders and can be used for topical applications and internal use depending on the purpose for the prescription. Each formula is tailored specifically to your presenting signs and symptoms from both a western medical diagnosis and the Traditional Chinese Medicine system of human physiology and pathology along with the Practitioners diagnosis by means of Auscultation, Palpation, Observation and questioning to come up with the right formula to complement your Acupuncture treatment or as a stand-alone therapy.

Tui Na Techniques:

Tui Na is the Traditional Chinese Medicines answer of physical or remedial therapies which branches into different techniques of Cupping (flame or bloodletting), Massage Techniques, Moxibustion Mug-wort heat therapy and Gua Sha scraping which involves superficial gentle repetitive scraping movements of the muscles-fascia using specifically shaped tools for the relief and recovery of the body which may be a preference to people who do not prefer needles but would like to achieve a similar effect as the practice of Tui Na still involves Acupuncture channels and meridian theory for its diagnosis and available treatments.

Training:

A trained Acupuncturist will usually study a minimum of 4-5 years at university study here in Australia and must complete training abroad in a Chinese Hospital before they can become a practioner with over 900 hours of clinical experience practice completed in that time, a high level of practice standards and examination methods are implemented for competency. Awareness and specific techniques are taken to apply minimal pain with insertion of the needle into Acupuncture points on the body and must be registered with AHPRA and the CMBA Chinese Medicine Board of Australia to be practicing and advertising as a qualified Acupuncturist or Chinese Medicine Practioner and must also continually be informed on the up to date evidence practices.

About Me

Mark (centre) with colleagues in China

Mark Nagib is a practioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has a double degree with Bachelor of Health Science / Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2012-2016 Western Sydney University. Previously he had studied as a laboratory technician specialising in pathology testing, 2009 - 2011 TAFE.

As part of Mark's Traditional Chinese Medicine course he studied abroad in China at the Intensive Clinical Training Program hosted by the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine opened in 1954. There Mark gained hands-on knowledge and training working at the Nanjing Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine under the guidance of the doctors of the departments of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Tuina and the Chinese herbal medicine.

Here in Australia, as a student, Mark had the opportunity to work under a 4th generation Chinese Medicine Practioner in North Sydney. This experience had greatly increased his insight and appreciation for Traditional Chinese Medicine and its application, knowledge and purpose in our modern world.

Clinical training in China

Marks focus and Interests:

  • Acupuncture
  • Moxibustion therapy
  • Fire cupping / Wet cupping
  • Chinese herbal Medicine
  • Gua sha (scraping)
  • Tui Na (massage techniques)
  • sports injuries
  • musculo skeletal disorders
  • post stroke rehabilitation
  • neurological disorders(migraines,headaches, tinnitus/vertigo)
  • digestive disorders
  • dermatological disorders
  • mental and emotional conditions (stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia)
  • mens and womens health

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Health Science/ Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2012-2016 Western Sydney University
  • Intensive Clinical Training Program in Nanjing Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2015 Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, China

Memberships:

  • AACMA - Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association
  • CMBA - Chinese Medicine Board Australia
  • AHPRA - Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency
Mark (left) with lecturers in China

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