Additions to Classical Acupuncture Crows Nest

With Spring well and truly underway, and Summer just around the corner, I thought it appropriate to make a few changes to not only my main clinic but to parts of my general lifestyle. In the classic medical text the Huangdi Neijing Spring and Summer are 6 months of growth and development. It is a time of energetic movement, a time to exercise more, sleep less and build ones strength for the cooler months of Autumn and Winter. What does this have to do with the Crows Nest clinic? Or myself?

With daylight savings in full effect the Crows Nest clinic hours will be further extended on Thursdays and Fridays. Naturally this remains to be strictly by appointment, however, I understand that often normal work hours for many people are also extended. In addition, a new system is up and running for online bookings. You can now book initial, follow-up and herbal consultations / treatments online via this link: ONLINE BOOKINGS. Naturally one can still book via phone and email. In addition to these booking changes discounts will be awarded for both multiple bookings (6 and 12 sessions) and for regular patients who refer to the clinic. Please discuss these possible discounts and awards with myself on your next visit. Furthermore a strict 24 hour cancellation policy will be in effect from the 1st of November. What this means is that unless there is an emergency situation then the full fee will be charged (unless 24 hours notice is given).

In regards to my own changes...I will be ramping up my martial arts studies at VT1MMA where I train in Brazilian Jiujitsu, a beautiful and gentle grappling art. As Spring is about growth it is a great time to engage the correct movement of both body and mind. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to begin studies under the exception Shakuhachi Grandmaster, Riley Lee. The Shakuhachi is a traditional Japanese Zen meditational flute which requires very specific and challenging breath work. It is in itself and form of deep meditation, breath cultivation, and music appreciation. So do not be surprised if you see new flit yes floating around the Crows Nest acupuncture clinic over the next months. 

In Good Health,

Dr. David White

CT Imaging of Acupuncture Points - Acupuncture Sydney

New Research in Acupuncture Points

A recent study published in Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena has shown a very interesting difference between areas considered "acupuncture points" and areas not considered acupuncture points. This is particularly fascinating as acupuncture points in modern textbooks often have very particular locations and descriptions. In classical texts the point locations are not as specific as today's "textbook acupuncture" presentations. This new imagining leans toward the classic perspective of "area" that may be needled, have activity and so forth rather than overly specific locations. Naturally the size, shape, and exact location of these areas change according to person and to the presenting condition.

You can read the full article here...

In Good Health....

David White Classical Acupuncture

Professional Acupuncture in the Sydney CBD and Crows Nest

Trial show Acupuncture as effective as conventional drugs - Classical Acupuncture Sydney

Acupuncture Effective in Pain Treatment

A trial in Melbourne's emergency medical departments conducted through partnership with RMIT University (where Dr. White completed his Acupuncture and Neurophysiology research). This sort of research proves promising for Acupuncture to be accepted into emergency care as it is in other parts of the world. Dr. White, for one, has been applying acupuncture at Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Rehab Centre's spinal injury units for over 8 years with very promising results in the management of paralysis and pain (in conjunction with other rehabilitation therapies).

The mechanisms of Acupuncture's effectiveness in treating pain is very clear from the Chinese medical scientific paradigm. Slowly, but surely, modern research are making positive steps to try and understand it through their medical and scientific system. With more research from both parties integration and development for future clinical methods can occur. 

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In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture

Sydney & Crows Nest Acupuncture Services

Addressing Back Pain - Classical Acupuncture Sydney

Back Pain and Acupuncture

Without question one of the most common presentations I see in my practice is back pain. This may be cervical / neck, thoracic / mid or lumbar / lower back pain and can produce greatly varying signs and symptoms. Back pain can be very debilitating, even if mild, causing discomfort at work, during exercise or while sleeping. In general, when addressing back pain with Acupuncture and associated techniques a number of components must be checked:

1. Stability

More often than not a lack of core engagement, overworking of the wrong muscle groups and postural deficiencies lead to back pain and discomfort. This can come from excessive sitting at the computer to excessive weight lifting - it all depends on how long you are doing it for and what position your body is in. Through clinical work with a number of posturologoists, physiotherapists, and osteopaths I have found that corrective exercise (such as stabilisation through various postures and acupuncture to be the best method of addressing these issues. Acupuncture has the distinct advantage of access to the different levels of stabilising of the vertebral column which other techniques simply can't get to. The classical perspective of the tendon / sinew channels in acupuncture give great understanding to fascia and the scaffolding of the body. 

2. Length and Flexibility:

Do you stretch enough? What is enough? And are you over stretching? Flexibility is so important to not only the above stability and postural necessities but to help our entire body understand itself as a connected unit. All too often we seem to address in medicine one thing at a time and rarely do we look for the connecting elements of disease. Not in Chinese medicine and Acupuncture though, it is a medicine of systems, connections and oneness. So when we look at flexibility it is not just a matter of this muscle or that but this pathway. For instance, we have the well known Taiyang tendon pathways which traverses from the the foot all the way to the head and face. It has junctions at places like the Achilles, Sacro-iliac, and scalp where the pathway binds (fascial / soft tissue binding). These places are where we most likely lose flexibility. So a tightness in ones achilles may also be triggering an occipital headache or even ocular migraine. One of the best treatments in this instance is a combination of acupuncture and cupping or scraping (only after correct diagnosis).

3. Strength:

Strength training for back pain is obviously essential but it MUST be at the right time. All too often in my acupuncture clinic I see patients who have been given weight bearing strength exercises too early resulting in further pain. Stability and length must be achieved before strength training can be implemented. Strength will only come after the back pain has diminished and the structures are able to play out their role as a collective unit.

4. Location of Associated Symptoms:

As mentioned above under stability pain in one area of the body will often be related to pain in another area. This is not just exclusive to musculo-skeletal pain. Lower back pain, for instance, may have associated symptoms within the bowels, stagnant syndromes related to the menstruation cycle, and svn respiratory issues such as the inability of the diaphragm to descend. It is vital that these associated symptoms (whether you think there are or not) are discussed with your practitioner. 

5. Time

How long have you had the pain? What other treatments have been started? Has the pain presentation changed since its inception? These and other questions must be asked. Time and origin of pain and whether the intensity of that pain has changed is important not only for treatment but also for prognosis and whether the need for referral is necessary. If chronic, yet not an emergency, pain will shift over time. This will occur because muscle groups will compensate and pain perception will alter. 

The above is a brief overview of what is needed when addressing back pain with Acupuncture. If you are suffering from back pain of any kind address it as soon as possible with the right practitioner. Classical Acupuncture Sydney, with locations in the Sydney CBD and Crows Nest in North Sydney has a great network of practitioners from all different disciplines, ranging from physios to massage therapists and spinal surgeons. If you are suffering from back pain, acute or chronic connect with our clinic via the form below to find out what treatment will suit you best and whether a consultation is needed. If you would like to book a treatment straight away please call (02) 8095 8255.

In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture Sydney

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Acupuncture North Sydney

Specialist Acupuncture North Sydney

If you are looking for a tranquil place in the heart of the North Shore then David White Classical Acupuncture North Sydney is here for you. Located in a beautiful art deco clinic in Crows Nest, Dr David White offers Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Dietary Consultations, Health Programs, Neigong and Meditation Instruction and other therapies. With over 22 years experience and the most rigorous classical training we can be sure to help you with your health problems. David White Classical Acupuncture North Sydney is only a short bus ride from the city (bus stops at the door), a train ride to either North Sydney station or St. Leonards Station) or we have free parking next to the clinic on Holterman Street. Appointments are available Monday to Saturday strictly through booking by calling (02) 8095 8255, emailing, or filling out the form below.

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If you have any questions about Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and other services in North Sydney then please do not hesitate to contact us. The North Sydney Acupuncture Clinic is located at 1/75 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest, NSW, 2065.  

In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture North Sydney

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Acupuncture Crows Nest: NEW LOCATION & AVAILABILITY!

Dear Patients of David White Classical Acupuncture,

David White Classical Acupuncture has moved to a new premises right across the road from the old one! We are now located at Level 1, 75 Willoughby Road Crows Nest. The clinic is situated above the flight centre on the corner of Willoughby Road and Holterman Street and the entrance is on Holterman Street (shared with Mantra Yoga).

I am very excited about this new premises as it enables me to allow for greater availability for my patients with extra rooms, teaching premises for my acupuncture students to come and learn, as well as a full walk in Chinese herbal dispensary and space for Neigong and exercise instruction.

Crows Nest is rapidly becoming the hub of North Sydney with greater transport, parking facilities, and food options. It is also a hub for complementary healthy with many massage, Chiropractic, and Yoga studios around. With the new premises I also hope to engage more with my fellow health care professionals to build a strong network in the North Sydney and Crows Nest area. Kick-starting this is the proximity to Mantra Yoga, which is a well established and large Yoga studio on our floor. For more information please visit their site

Please feel free to drop by the new premises of David White Classical Acupuncture for either a treatment, a chat or a cup of tea (I have a new batch of Yunnan teas on their way!).

In Good Health,

David White Classical Acupuncture