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Heat or Ice for Back Pain?

When is the best time to use heat or ice for back pain?

I deal with back pain patients every day in my clinic.  I find that some of my patients are confused about when to use ice for back pain, and when to use heat.


Why ice for back pain?

When it comes to acute back pain or new back injuries, you should always apply ice.  This is because with any back sprain, back strain or back bruising there is some bleeding into the underlying tissues.  This may cause swelling and pain and could delay healing.  An ice pack can decrease circulation, metabolic activity, inflammation and numbs the skin.  You may have heard from some other back pain specialists that ice can also be used in later rehabilitation, but I don’t agree with this.  It is better to use heat rather than ice in later rehabilitation.  Icing is primarily an analgesic for acute back pain and it is not an actual treatment.  It only numbs the painful, inflamed back joints and tissues.  It is good if you can use ice instead of ibuprofen when your back injury is new.


Benefits of ice for acute back pain/fresh back injuries:


Decreases back pain;

Decreases back tissue swelling;

Decreases inflammation of back joints;

Reduces spasm/cramp in back muscles.


How long should I apply ice for back pain?

Usually apply an ice pack on the painful area for 15 to 30 minutes per session, 3 to 4 times per day.  You can do this up to once every 2 hours if you have severe back pain.  I only advise my patients to use it for the first 24 hours.  After the first 24 hours, bleeding should have stopped, and from then on heat should be applied to the painful area.  Prolonged use of ice can cause frostbite.


How do I make ice packs for my back injury?

If you just injured your back, the quickest way to make an ice pack is to go to your freezer and get a packet of frozen peas and put it on your back.  Otherwise, ice packs can be made from ice cubes in a plastic bag or wet tea towel.  You can also buy a cold pack from pharmacies and keep it in the freezer all the time for emergency use.  Please note that you should roll a wet flannel around ice and cold packs (if you directly take it from a deep freeze) before you put them on your back.  You may get ice burns by using ice directly on your back.  Some back specialists might advise you to have an ice bath, but if you do this you may end up with pain in other parts of your body due to bad circulation.


Why heat packs for back pain?

I suggest heat packs for all chronic back pain, back pain during pregnancy and back injuries older than 24 hours.  I know that some people suggest applying heat packs after 48 hours, but applying ice for longer than 24 hours leads to a longer recovery time according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Heat will increase blood circulation because heat causes vessels to open wide (dilate).  Heat also removes cold and dampness.  Heat brings more blood with all new things into the back area to stimulate the healing of damaged back tissues; you will feel a direct soothing effect and also instant relief from pain/cramp/spasm.  It can also ease stiffness and tightness by making the tissues softer.


Simply applying a heat pack won’t fix your back pain, but application of heat will help heal your back pain faster than acupuncture treatment by itself.


Where should I apply heat for my back pain?


I advise all my back pain patients to apply a heat pack along the spine from the upper back down to the lower back.  Don’t just keep it on where you feel the pain in your back.  This is because I have found that all chronic back pain is caused by tight muscles and tendons in the upper back area rather than just the area where the pain is felt.  Therefore a big long heat pack is necessary.


What kind of back pain can benefit from heat packs?

Apply heat for all kinds of back pain, except for new back injuries.  Heat should be used for chronic back pain, back pain during pregnancy, back pain after giving birth, back pain after hysterectomy (this kind of back pain is becoming more common), back pain after epidural, hernia disc back pain, kidney back pain.


How long should I apply heat for back pain?

You should apply a heat pack to your back as often as you can, not just for 30 minutes.  Whenever a patient asks me, “How long should I apply a heat pack on my back?” I always answer: “24 hours per day.”  Then my patient always looks at me with a questioning look on their face, and I will explain to them “well, I know it is unrealistic for you to apply a heat pack along your spine for 24 hours a day, but I want you to keep it along your spine as often as you can.  I mean you should keep it on when you are sitting and sleeping, only be without it when you are standing (if you can keep it on your spine while you stand it is even better).  The longer you keep it on the better.  The more often you keep it on, the faster you will get your back pain free with my treatments.”

Please note that if heat is applied to your whole back it should not be hot, it just needs to keep it warm, gentle warmth will suffice.  If excessive heat is applied there is the risk of burns and scalds.  It is a good idea for you to place a towel between the heat packs and your back for protection if it is too hot.


What kinds of heat can I apply to my sore back?

Heat can be applied in the form of a wheat bag, heat pads, deep heat cream, hot water bottles, heat lamps or having a hot bath. I suggest a wheat bag to all my back pain patients.  Heat packs can be used for any kind of chronic pain (such as shoulder pain, hip pain, sciatica, neck pain), so it is better for you to keep a wheat bag at home in case you need it in the future.


Why can’t I use heat pack for a new back injury?

The reason I don’t suggest you use heat on a new back injury is simply because heat will increase bleeding around the injured back area and may make the problem worse.  But there is an exception to this: if you have a new-onset back strain, your back pain in this case is caused by muscle spasm rather than tissue damage, so heat is often more helpful than ice.   I have suggested to some of my acute back pain patients to apply heat instead of ice in the first 24 hours in the past, but that was only when I was sure that they had no tissue damage.


I hope this article has given you an idea of when is the best time to apply ice and heat in back pain.


If you are uncertain about the use of ice or heat, consult a health professional such as a doctor, nurse, acupuncturist or physiotherapist.




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Success Case Study - Chinese Medicine for Urinary tract infection Treatment in Hamilton, New Zealand

Case Study – Urinary tract infection

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Patient:  19 year old female 

Initial Consultation

Onset and Progression:

Urinary tract infection on and off  for 5 months, has been seeing GP and taking drugs with no results.

Urinary urgency and frequency, burning sensation, clear urine, not bloated, taking antibiotics, no pain in the lower back.

Other symptoms:

Aversion/preference for heat/cold:  normal

Sleep:  wakes up to urinate  1 to 4 times a night

Thirst:  drinks a lot of water

Appetite:  normal

Bowel motions:  once a day

Extremities:  cold hands and feet

Perspiration:  normal

Menstruation/discharge: on the pill, back pain during the first and second day of period, lasts 5 days, bright red blood.

TCM examination:

Tongue:  Yellow coating

Pulse:  Thready


Urinary tract infection, damp heat in the lower Jiao with Blood deficiency.

TCM treatment principle:

Clear heat in the lower Jiao


Ba Zheng San 2  Dang Gui Si Ni Tang 0.5,  total 2.5tsp tid 7 days.


Follow up:

Urination is normal.  Cough and sore throat, coughing up yellow mucous yesterday, but not today. No sweating, thirsty, appetite is fine.   Cold hands and feet.

TCM examination:

Tongue: White coating

Pulse: Thready


1) Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang modified 2

2) Ba Zheng San 1 Dang Gui Si Ni Tang 2.1  Fu Ling 0.2 Sheng Jiang 0.2, total 2.5tsp tid 7 days.


Completely resolved.


This patient had urinary tract infections on and off  for 5 months, she used antibiotics on and off with no results. Her symptoms were urinary urgency and frequency, burning sensation, even urinating in the night, plus yellow tongue. Ba Zheng San which can clear damp heat from the lower Jiao was the right formula for her, in spite of the fact that she had cold hands and feet.  Her cold extremeties were caused by a Blood deficiency, Dang Gui Si Ni Tang is the right Classic formula for it, as it treats cold in the meridians with an underlying Blood deficiency.
By the second  visit she had come down with a cold and the urinary tract infection was gone and she was sleeping right though the night. I prescribed Ma Xing Shi Gan Tang* according to her symptoms of cough and sore throat, coughing up yellow mucous, no perspiration, thirsty.  I advised her to finish the cold formula and then carry on with the 2
nd formula.

She no longer showed any signs of urinary tract infection, but still had cold hands and feet, which indicated that the Blood deficiency was still there, so I reduced Ba Zhen San from 2tsp to 1tsp (not completely cutting it out at this early stage since she had such a history of recurring UTIs), and increased the dose of Dang Gui Si Ni Tang from 0.5tsp to 2.1tsp.


Most cases of urinary tract infection present with damp heat in the lower Jiao, but I have seen a lot of cases that are complicated by Blood deficiency.  In these cases  you must add some Blood tonics at the same time as clearing the damp heat of the lower Jiao, otherwise you will never fix the problem.

Urinary tract infections complicated by Blood deficiency may present with cold hands and feet (add Dang Gui Si Ni Tang) or bad cramps in the lower stomach with swollen legs (add Dang Gui Shao Yao San).

* Please note that we can’t use Ma Huang in New Zealand, so I use Fang Feng , Jing Jie and Fo Ping instead of Ma Huang. My Classic Formulas Master Hai Sha Ni taught me this substitution.  My other Classic Formulas Master Song Jing Bian taught me to use Xiang Ru instead of Ma Huang . Old Chinese doctors called Xiang Ru “ the Ma Huang of summer season”.

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Cure Lower Back Pain and Get Back to Yoga Quickly

Cure Lower Back Pain and Get Back to Yoga Quickly

Back Pain with Yoga

Lower back pain is a common condition, and it can happen to anyone. There can be any number of reasons for lower back pain. It can be due to an accident or injury.  It can be caused by straining the muscles through heavy lifting.  It can be caused by ongoing bad posture and a sedentary lifestyle.

The practice of yoga can help prevent lower back pain through strengthening and stretching the lower back.  However, sometimes even with the practice of yoga you may find yourself with a sore back, maybe even too sore to practice yoga, and that can be upsetting and frustrating.

At Centre of Balance in Hamilton, we provide fast, effective treatment of lower back pain that will enable you to return to yoga quickly.  We have a lot of experience in effectively treating lower back pain and are so confident of our treatment that we offer a 100% money back guarantee for your first treatment.  You will experience decreased pain and/or increased mobility in your first treatment or we will give you your money back. 

We have had great success with our unique combination of treatments.  We use acupuncture, unique acupressure massage on specific points, along with the application of heat packs to specific points.  This combination has given many patients who have suffered from chronic back pain, fast results.  Patients who have come into the clinic unable to bend backwards or forwards, unable to walk, drive or work, have left our clinic after only a small number of treatments, able to return to their normal lifestyles.  If you are suffering from back pain, and are unable to practice yoga as you normally would, our treatment can help you to get rid of your back pain and get back to your normal yoga practice as soon as possible.

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What is a Herniated Disc in The Lower Back?

What is a Herniated Disc in the Lower Back?

Herniated Disc, Hamilton, New Zealand

Back pain is arguably the most common type of pain felt by people around the world. However, a herniated disc is more than just sore muscles. It is a condition that will need proper treatment for the person to effectively recover.

The Causes of a Herniated Disc

There are essentially two causes of a herniated disc: injury and the natural aging process. As children and young adults, the discs contain a considerable amount of water that slowly dries out over time. This is most apparent in the elderly where the separation gaps in their spine have narrowed considerably. This condition creates a vulnerability to getting a herniated disc from injury. However, it should be pointed out that a herniated disc can happen to anyone of any age.

The normal wear and tear that comes with aging makes a person more vulnerable to have a herniated disc, but men between the ages of 30 to 50 have are the mostly likely to actually herniated the disc in their lower back. This can occur for several reasons, including the following;

-        Lifting improperly

-        Obesity

-        Repetitive actions

-        Sedentary lifestyle

-        Frequent driving

-        Smoking

Most people who experience a herniated disc often have more than a single risk factor. Recurrent disc herniation is also possible in certain individuals.

The Symptoms of a Herniated Disc:

The symptoms will generally occur in the lower back between the L4-L5 and the L5-S1 regions of the back itself.

The initial symptom of a herniated disc is pain in the lower back. Over the next few days the pain will seemingly improve, but it will be followed by the onset of numbness, pain in the leg or feelings of weakness. The leg pain will typically appear in the foot or ankle area and will often move up and down the leg itself.

It must be noted that it can be difficult to diagnose the pain is coming from the degeneration of the disc in the back. In very rare cases there will be a loss of bowel or bladder control which might indicate a more serious issue known as cauda equine syndrome. Immediate medical attention is needed if cauda equine syndrome is present because it compresses the roots of the spinal nerve.

Nonsurgical and surgical treatments for Herniated Disc:

There are both nonsurgical and surgical treatments for a herniated disc of which the nonsurgical type is most recommended. The initial treatment usually focuses on relieving the pain in the back and eventually the leg as it spreads downward due to the pressure placed on the nerves.

-       Resting: Usually for 1 to 2 days or more.

-       Physical therapy: Exercises to strengthen the lower back muscles is an important part of the treatment.

-       Acupuncture: acupuncture is a very effective treatment for back pain, it may give you long term relief or short term relief, depending on how experienced your acupuncturist is.

-       Anti-inflammatory and pain killer medications: There are specific medicines to reduce the swelling; this can provide short-term relief for a herniated disc.

-       Epidural steroid injection: Steroids are injected into the area of pain to reduce inflammation, it works very well in some cases.

Surgery is generally considered a last resort or if there was considerable damage done that cannot be naturally repaired. I would recommend that you try non-surgical treatments first.  I have seen a lot of patients who continue to suffer from back pain after having surgery.

Proper prevention includes leading an active lifestyle that includes regular exercise to strengthen the muscles in the back and proper lifting techniques to prevent a herniated disc from occurring. 


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A Herniated Disc/Pinched Nerve/Slipped Disc/Bulging Disc/Prolapsed Disc…What 's the difference?

"A Herniated Disc/Pinched Nerve/ Slipped disc/Bulging Disc/Prolapsed disc...What’s the difference?"

What is the different between herniated disc and bulging disc, Hamilton, NZ


Whether you call it a “herniated disc” or a “pinched nerve”, one thing that everyone can agree on is that damaged spinal discs is a very painful and damaging condition to be dealing with. Medical practitioners will use different terms to describe this problem, but they all allude to the same thing.

While the medical standard name changes, though, many patients are left with a variety of different definitions to explain the same thing which can become very frustrating. It does not matter what term you are given, though, the important thing is that you are able to receive the right type of treatment.

How Does This Work?

Basically, a medical practitioner will go through a series of tests with you to try to find out the root cause of your slipped disc. With a thorough review of your medical history, and a complete physical examination, as well as some diagnostic tests should further assistance be required to find the cause of the problem, you will be able to discover just what is causing your back pain. You will usually find that you fall within one of two categories when it comes to this type of back injury;

Scan-pic-Herniated disc, Hamilton. New Zealand

Disc Pain

With lower back and/or leg pain, it usually points to some form of disc pain. Where the disc itself is actually based will be the root of the problem, and can be sore to touch at the source of the pain itself rather than causing pain in other parts of your body. This is usually easier to locate and treat if possible, as the pain actually comes from the damaged area.

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve means that the disc that is causing the pain is not actually store, but that the disc itself is pinching a nerve and causing pain elsewhere. This is very common and can be extremely difficult to diagnose – many athletes have suffered for years from damage to one part of their body caused by a pinched nerve.

Both conditions can be equally painful and draining to deal with, and will occur in your lumbar, thoracic or cervical spine. Because of the lower back taking the majority of your stress and strain throughout the day, this is why most back injuries are carried by the lower section of your back rather than anywhere else.

The method of actual recovery varies depending on who is having the work carried out, your own medical history and the actual location of the pain itself. It’s important to get any back injuries checked out to determine the best course of treatment – like anything else, a fast diagnosis is preferable and with back injury it can avoid you exacerbating the pain any further in the long-term. 


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Case Study: Bulging Disc, Sciatica & Pinch Nerve - Acupuncture Instant Relief Pain & Significant Increase Range of Motion of Leg & Lower Back after First Treatment, Centre of Balance Hamilton, NZ.

As asual, let me give you some idea about bulging disc before I tell you about this case study. Bulging disc is a type of herniation disc, here is the information on herniation disc according the website of Southerncross

Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc symtoms, Hamilton, NZ

Between the bones (vertebrae) of your spinal column are discs that contain a gel-like substance. These discs allow the back to flex and bend, and act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae. When one of these discs ruptures, the gel-like substance can bulge out putting pressure on nearby nerves. 

This condition is referred to as a herniated disc, prolapsed disc, or slipped disc and can cause severe back pain and other symptoms. Treatment is likely to include initial rest and rehabilitation, which will resolve the majority of herniated discs, but surgery may be required in some cases. 

Herniated Disc - Signs and symptoms

Some people may have a herniated disc without experiencing any symptoms. Others have severe, debilitating symptoms. The type of symptoms experienced can be influenced by the location of the herniated disc. The most common symptom of a herniated disc is sciatica. This is characterised by a sharp, often shooting pain that extends from the buttocks down the back of one leg, and is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. Other symptoms that may be experienced as the result of a herniated disc include: 

  • Lower back pain 
  • Leg or arm pain 
  • Abnormal sensations such as tingling, numbness or pins and needles in one arm, one leg or buttock 
  • Burning pain in the shoulders, neck, arm or central back 
  • Muscle weakness.

If problems with bowel or bladder function are experienced this may be a sign of cauda equine syndrome – a rare but serious complication of a herniated disc. Immediate medical attention should be sought if this is suspected.  


Here is the case study:

Photo Before Treatment


Photo After Treatment


Mr Wright visited my clinic on 2/10/2014 complaining of throbbing pain in the lower back, worse on the right side, shooting pain down to the right leg and sometimes the left. He had been diagnosed  with a lumbar bulging disc and pinched nerve 2 years ago in Australia.


Mr Wright’s pain level was 3/10, a constant dull ache and throbbing pain,  lower back pain mainly on the right side, radiating down both legs, but mainly in the right leg. No pins and needles or numbness. Has been waking up 4 to 5 times at night due to uncomfortable pain, and he is often woken by the pain in his back when he rolls over. He has tried Nurofen with Codeine, or Panadol with Codeine,  or Naprosin,  or Tramadol, up to six tablets a day. He had visited up to 4 different back specialists without any permanent results.


Daily Activities:

Sitting: He suffers pain after 15 minutes and has to stand up but then can sit down for another period.

Standing:  indefinitely - it does not make the pain worse.

Lying Down: there is less pain but it is still there.

Walking: He is able to walk but it is limited. He used to be a keen bushwalker but has only been on three bushwalks since the injury.

Washing up: he can wash dishes.

Housework: he has a cleaner in once a week as he cannot vacuum, mop or scrub and he can’t lift weight.

Mowing: he is not able to mow the lawn.

I felt sorry for Mr Wright with his back pain, because it has also caused him to experience low mood, fatigue, annoyance, recent weight loss of 7kg, the loss of his job and the necessity to sell his house in Brisbane.

The following video shows you how I examine and diagnose lumbar bulging disc and pinch nerve, it also shows you how Mr Wright got instant pain relief and significant increase range of motion of leg and lower back after his first acupuncture treatment.

Physical examination before treatment (as shown in the above video):

Bending forward: 40 degrees

Straight leg raise: 45 degrees on the right, 80 degrees on the left side

Some bruised veins visable on his lower back

Temperature from upper back down to lower back is even

Straight leg raising test (SLRT): positive on right side

Bragard test: positive on right side

Faber test: positive in right side

Raising buttock + coughing test: positive


Teatment: I applied Master Chen Li Xin Acupuncture theory and Dr Tan Balance Method Acupuncture on Mr Wright. 

I did acupuncture on right sancha combo, L2-huatuo point,right HuanTiao, both ZanZhu, both TaiYang point and blood letting on lower back where those bruised veins appear. 

Mr Wright experienced instant relief from pain, felt no pain in lower back, no radiation down to right leg. 


Physical examination after trearment (as shown in the above video):

Bending forward: 80 degrees

Straight leg raise: 80 degrees on the right, same as the left side without pain, but with tightness

Straight leg raising test (SLRT): negative on right side

Bragard test: negative on right side

Faber test : negative in right side

Raising buttock + coughing test: negative


Let’s review some of his medical history for this case that he brought in with him.

On 6 Feb 2013 a medical report shows that Mr Wright states that in early October 2012, he was at work and a patient was rolled toward him on her bed. He had to lean over to support the patient who tried to suddenly push off against him and he felt a twinge in his lumbar spine. He reported this injury and stated that at the time the pain was 1/10.  He was given anti-inflammatories and light duties but continued working his hours. A CT scan showed sacralisation at L5 and a moderate central disc protrusion at L4/5 with potential irritation of either L4 or L5 nerve root. Straight leg raise is 45 degrees on the right side and 80 degrees on the left side. Reflexes are intact throughout the lower leg and there is no weakness in extensor hallucis longus or the calves.


On 13 March 2013 a medical report shows that Dr Mark Young (sports & Musculoskeletal specialist in Brisbane) had set a wonderful programe for him in March 2013. That programme included a corticosteroid injection to the epidural space to break the pain cycle and exercises for rehabilitation.

On 1 May 2013 a medical report shows that Mr Wright’s lower back pain has significantly improved. That was due to a combination of his core stability exercises and the epidural steroid. Straight leg raise on the right side is 50 degrees and on the left side is 80 degrees.  (Unfortunately, that did not last for long and he’s got worse again.)


Medical Brief

It is clear from the radioligical reports that Mr Wright has disc protrusion at the L4/5 level, which is affecting his sciatic nerve.


1)    Dr Therese MaGrath, Occupational and Environment Physician, 6th of August 2013 assessed PI-“aggravation of degeneration L4/5 disc with disc bulging and right L5 nerve root irritation-5% whole person impairment”.

2)    Dr Frank Tomlinson, 11th December 2013 confirmed diagnosis and recommended “non surgical therapy” and review by a Pain Specialist” but “if symptoms continued surgery could be considered”.

3)    Dr Mark Young, Sports Physician, 13 March 2013 comments, “There is no surgical treatment for him. His best treatments are going to be exercises and possibly a corticosteroid injection”.

4)    Dr Steven Yang, Briz, Brain and Spine, 18 June 2013 “ The only real option he has is surgery. However if he can find alternative work, surgery can be avoided and he could look at some sort of long term retraining and education”.

A report from Dr Frank Tomlinson on 15 January 2014. Dr Tomlinson recommended Mr Wright to consider ongoing non-surgical therapy and further alteration in his lifestyle, also recommending that he be reviewed by a pain specialist for consideration of lumbar medial branch blocks. Dr Tomlinson believed that the cost of the procedure is approximately $1300. If Mr Wright obtains a satisfactory response in relation to the lumbar medial branch blocks, then he would be a suitable candidate for consideration of radio-frequency lesioning in relation to the lumbar facets. Radio-frequency neurotomy may provide temporary relief for 8 to 10 months and the cost is approximately $1500.

Dr Tomlinson also suggested that Mr wright consider surgery. He recommended that Mr Wright undergo a decompression with a lumbar discectoy and rhizolysis combined with a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) and a posterolateral instrumented fusion. The cost of these procedures would be approximately $35,000.00. Dr Tomlinson commented that even with surgery, he believed that Mr Wright would have ongoing symptoms.


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Lumbar Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Slipped Disc, Pinch Nerve Treatment without Back Surgety in Hamilton, New Zealand.

                                  Do you suffer from                                       …  Lower Back Pain Because of 

Lumbar Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, 

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To anyone seeking relief from back pain caused by a lumbar herniated disc, bulging disc, slipped disc or pinched nerve - look no further!

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Lumbar Herniated disc, Hamilton, NZ

Let's see what Mr Wright has to say after his first acupuncture session to treat the bulging disc and pinched nerve pain in lower back pain and leg that he has been dealing with for 2 years.


Have you been diagnosed with any of the following?

Lumbar herniated disc

Lumbar bulging disc

Lumbar slipped disc

Pinched nerve


Examples o disc problems, Centre of Balance, Hamilton, NZ

Do you suffer from? 

* Leg pain (sciatica), which may occur with or without lower back pain. Typically the leg pain is worse than the lower    back pain.

* Tingling/numbness/pain down to knees/legs/toes.

* Weakness in the leg.

* Lower back pain and/or pain in the buttock.

* Loss of bladder or bowel control (rare).

* Waking up because of back pain.

Is your back pain/sciatica aggravated by the following?

Bending forwards/backwards





Does any of this sound familiar? If you have any of the above, you need to take action and see us now. You are not alone. Many of people suffer from back pain and sciatica every day, whether it’s caused by an accident or simply wear and tear. All of these signs are your body crying out for help. 


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This incredible technique has been used successfully in helping many people get back to a normal, pain free life. 

Case study 1: Kim came to me with extreme lower back pain and could not even walked properly. His daughter dropped him into my clinic, as he could not drive at all. He walked up free of pain after his first treatment. Pain gradually came back after that, he continue with 2 more acupuncture treatment then reported to me that he felt free of low back pain.

See what he has to say here…..


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1) Acupuncture: We apply Dr Tan's Balance Method Acupuncture and Dr Chen Li Xin’s Acupuncture Method which will give you instant relief in your first treatment and get rid of the pain in your lower back and legs eventually.

2) Heat Pack: We will show you where and when is best to apply heat packs. If you only apply heat packs on the painful area it won’t get rid of the pain.

3) We will show you how to practice Hong Yuan Gong to prevent you suffering from back pain again.

A combination of the above will get rid of your back pain, guaranteed, or your money back (conditions apply*).

Case study 2:  Check out how we can instant reduced chronic lower back pain/sciatica in first visit in the following video... 

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Case study 3:  Check out how we can instant reduced Nick's severe acute sciatic pain in first session and fixed his sciatica in 3  sessions (please note that we are not claiming to free your back pain or sciatica within 3 treatments here as every case is different) here...

Check out what Nick has to say after his 3 acupuncture treatment here

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After visiting Centre of Balance acupuncture clinic in Hamilton, patients who previously suffered from back pain and sciatica said 

 "After 20 years of pain I can now exercise without suffering anymore. My husband cannot believe the difference that Szenan has made to my life and I cannot thank him enough for that." Karen.A;

 "I commend his acupuncture and his advice and commend those of you who have tried the chiros, osteos, anesthetists, and back surgeons to give him a try" Chris;

 “I suffered from arthritis and lower back pain, I am now free of pain and I can walk freely" Alice;

"The last ruptured disc I had left me unable to work for 2 years needless to say I was not a happy person. I went to my osteopath and he was too scared to touch my lower back and referred me to my doctor only to receive pain medication and a 3-month wait to see an orthopaedic surgeon. My mum suggested acupuncture with Szenan Phua and I made an appointment. I was sceptical about the acupuncture but was willing to try anything to get my back under control. I went to my appointment not knowing what to expect and was very surprised when the sharp pain in my back vanished and I walked out of there without a limp for the first time in a month. I felt like a new person. It was amazing. I could not be happier. I continued to have acupuncture with Szenan and have been able to work in Early Childcare lifting children with little or no pain. My recovery has been fantastic and Szenan has been very professional and caring." Joyce.G.


Yes, we understand you are frustrated with pain. You may have been through a lot of practitioners (Physiotherapist, Osteopath, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist or even Surgeon) or treatments (Heat and/or ice therapy, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Oral steroids (e.g. prednisone or methylprednisolone), An epidural (cortisone) injection) in the past and they couldn’t help you and you are still in pain.

We understand that you think we may be one of them. However, we have to tell you that we are different from the ones you have been to before, as you can see in all our videos.

It would be unrealistic for us to promise to every new patient that we will make them completely pain-free in one session and we know that you still worry about whether it will really work for you.

*Here is our GUARANTEE to you:

1. We promise that you will no longer experience any pain from your lumbar herniated disc and you will be able to resume your usual work/home duties within 20 treatments.

2. The guarantee is effective for twelve (12) months following the date that our services stop the pain from your lumbar herniated disc and enable you to return to your usual work/home duties.

3. If you experience further pain and/or you become unable to undertake your usual home/work duties as a direct result of your lumbar herniated disc then subject to these terms and conditions we will provide you with the option of further treatment or give you your money back.

How much do you charge?

This is the fee we normally charge for Lumbar Herniated Disc Treatment without guarantee: 

First consultation and screening: $200 (Now FREE for a limited time only)

First Treatment : $600 (includes acupuncture materials)

Follow treatment: $600 (includes acupuncture materials)

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Acupuncture treatment fixed calf pain/calf sprain within 3 sessions in Centre of Balance, Hamilton, New Zealand

CAlf pain, Hamilton, NZ

This is a video to show you that we don't just treat back pain. Acupuncture is able to treat any pain and any sport injuries. This case study is about how acupuncture could fixed calf pain/calf sprain within 3 sessions.

Ray had slight pain in his left calf when walking and running.

Ray had been running 4km every 2 days to stay fit. Unfortunately he hurt his left calf while running. I fixed his leg without putting any needles in his left calf.

He mentioned that the pain was bad enough to stop him from finishing his run and he had to hold back his speed in the video.

I got him to stand up and walk around to try out whether there was any pain in his calf. He reported that there was just a bit of pain, pain level 2/10.

I inserted 2 acupuncture needles on his right arm (according to Dr Tan Balance Method Acupuncture) and got him to run around my clinic again to try out whether there was any pain during acupuncture. He reported "It seems to be alright".

That's it. This is how fast acupuncture can relieve calf pain (any pain really).

Ray only received 3 acupuncture treatments from me.

In the second acupuncture treatment, he reported that there was no pain in his left calf while walking and he just felt tightness in his left calf when walking sometimes. He had not started running again yet. He also mentioned that he had tightness in his left buttock whenever he ran. I applied unique acupressure points on his lumbar spine to locate the most tender spots. Then I asked him to put a heat pack on his lower back on those unique acupressure points, (not where he felt the tightness in the left buttock everyday).

After his third acupuncture treatment, he reported he went for a 2km run without any pain, tightness, stiffness on his left buttock or left calf. He was happy that I not only treated his calf, but also fixed his tight muscles in his left buttock.



Do you suffer from calf pain?

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We practice Dr Tan’s Balance Method Acupuncture and Unique Acupressure Points. These techniques are very powerful. They always give you (if you suffer from pain) an immediate relief in your first treatment. None of our patients receive any acupuncture on the painful area when we apply Dr Tan’s Balance Method Acupuncture. We always put acupuncture needles on distal acupuncture points to give instant results, which means you will experience immediate pain relief or increased mobility in your first treatment. We give a 100% guarantee on this or you will receive your money back. If you suffer from calf pain/calf sprain, Call 07 855 7115 to book yourself a FREE pre-assessment appointment NOW.

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