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What Causes Sharp Lower Back Pain?

What Causes Sharp Lower Back Pain? Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

Sharp lower back pain is one of the most common forms of physical illness, and can be incredibly debilitating. Because the pain can last all day without ever really stopping and regardless of which way you sit or lie down, the pain can really stop you from fully enjoying life.

When you are suffering from back problems, your best bet for dealing with them is to go and see a medical professional who can take a genuine look and come up with a legitimate, professional diagnosis and treatment plan for you. However, it can be tempting to just carry on as best you can, enduring the pain.  Unfortunately this is likely to make your back worse. One of the biggest reasons that people suffer from sharp lower back pain is because of negligence. The pain may start off not being too bad, but if nothing is done about it, it is more likely to get worse rather than better.

There are many things that may cause sharp lower back pain.  Poor posture can be a cause in itself, along with lifestyle factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, and living a mostly sedentary life.  Truck drivers, for example, may suffer from lower back pain caused by having to sit for long periods of time every day. To have a strong, pain free back, we need proper exercise and nutrition, but even with these things in place many people end up with sharp lower back pain.

Accidents and injuries of all kinds can cause sharp lower back pain.  It may be something as simple and bending over to pick up a pencil and standing up in a way that causes something to pinch, therefore causing pain.  The back may have been out of alignment without the person realising, and this simple action triggers the onset of sharp pain.  Sporting injuries can often cause lower back pain, as can lifting heavy objects, or lifting any object in an awkward manner, maybe without the proper attention to posture and correct lifting.

Pregnancy may be another cause of sharp back pain, just because there is extra weight being carried on the front of the body all the time.  Carrying small children may also set off back pain, especially as we tend to carry children on one hip which throws everything out of alignment.

If you are looking for ways to deal with sharp lower back pain then you will typically find the same solutions offered to you like painkillers or in severe cases surgery. If you want to get a long-term solution that causes no harm and helps correct the actual cause of the pain, then acupuncture is the way to go.  At Centre of Balance in Hamilton, we offer a 100% money back guarantee that you will have decreased pain and/or increased range of movement after your first treatment or we won’t charge you for that treatment

Nothing is worse than trying to deal with lower back pain, especially when the cause is something innocent like bending over too quickly and causing irreversible damage from doing so. If you want to get rid of your sharp lower back pain and avoid suffering from chronic lower back pain, then call us on 07 855 7115 NOW or email us NOW at Centre of Balance to make an appointment.

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Lower Back Pain Exercises

Medical treatments for back pain can be quite hard to find – many of us aren’t sure what actually works, and may therefore spend a lot of time trying out a little bit of everything in an effort to find the right solution. If this sounds like you then lower back exercises might be the best thing for you. It is good to find something that you can do to help yourself, something that you can do to prevent back pain and to treat it when it arises.  Exercise will help to strengthen your back and make it much less stressful on a day-to-day basis. By giving your back extra strength, it can support the rest of your body more readily and help you to avoid the pain that you may be suffering from at the moment.

McKenzie Lower Back Pain Exercises

Lower back pain exercises can vary depending on what you are able to do and what you feel is actually helping your back. One of the most popular forms of exercise for your back is the well-known chronic back pain solution known as the McKenzie technique.  Robin McKenzie’s book “Treat Your Own Back”, outlines a series of exercises to suit different kinds of back pain, and by following the advice in this book it is possible for many people to improve their back pain.  This is a hugely popular programme of exercises which can help relieve tension in your back and ensure that you have a more comfortable lifestyle.

For some patients, the McKenzie exercise regime is enough to get the job done. For others, though, it’s not so simple. When your back has been damaged, you may need to seek help initially to reduce the pain in your back before you are able to manage your pain through exercise alone.  A series of acupuncture treatments can make all the difference to your back pain, and this is worth a try, especially if nothing else seems to be helping.  At Centre of Balance in Hamilton we offer a 100% money back guarantee that you will notice an improvement in your level of pain and/or range of movement after the first treatment.  After a course of treatments (the number will be different for each individual), your back can be in a state where you are able to maintain your pain-free condition with the continued practice of exercises such as those outlined in the McKenzie technique.

Some patients may find that the McKenzie exercises can be painful for them at first.  If this is the case, then you should really stop and get some acupuncture treatment first.

If you are struggling with your back and want to get it in a working, usable condition once again then contact us NOW on 07 855 7115 or email us NOW to book an appointment with one of our pain expert team for more information. Centre of Balance in Hamilton offers a fast, professional and reliable acupuncture service to help deal with chronic lower back pain. Back pain can be very debilitating, so if you are willing to take the time to find help, acupuncture and back exercises are the way to go. 

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Do you suffer from pain?

We offer you a free pain & injury pre-assessment & to                 reveal how you can get rid of pain.

Click here NOW or call 07 855 7115 NOW to get your free voucher.


Testimonial - Infertility Successfully Treated by Using Acupuncture at Centre of Balance Hamilton

I would highly recommend Szenan and the team at Centre of Balance.  I saw Szenan for fertility issues and was very impressed with his professionalism, empathy and support. Szenan provided acupuncture treatments and identified a couple of underlying issues before they were picked up by my doctor.  Just before I fell pregnant, I also started fertility massages with Polly.   My husband and I were delighted to welcome our little baby to the world and both feel a lot of gratitude to Szenan and the team.


The Causes and Symptoms of Hay Fever?

The Causes and Symptoms of Hay Fever?

Every year about one quarter of the people living in Western cultures will endure an annual bout of hay fever. This allergic reaction has been a part of human society for thousands of years and shows no sign of letting up. While almost all hay fever reactions are noticeable and annoying, they are rarely serious and can be treated when properly identified.

What Causes Hay Fever?

Essentially, hay fever is caused in individuals who have sensitive immune systems when they inhale small particles such as pollen, dust or animal dander. Because of the sensitivity of the immune system in certain individuals, the intruding elements are mistaken for a virus, bacteria or infection and the body’s defense systems are activated.

As a result, a person afflicted with hay fever will have many of the symptoms of a cold or virus, but not have the actual infection. The person will suffer from hay fever for a period of days or weeks, usually from new pollen that sweeps in from another part of the country. While upwards of 25% of people in Western societies will suffer from hay fever on an annual basis, almost 75% of people in their lifetimes will have at least one bout of hay fever.

What are the Symptoms of Hay Fever?

The symptoms of hay fever generally mimic that of a cold, virus or flu in certain ways, but one of the main differences is that there is no true fever associated with this allergic reaction. However, the body might experience a slight rise in temperature.

Common symptoms for hay fever include the following;

-        Excessive mucus

-        Sneezing

-        Nasal congestion

-        Itching

-        Swelling of the eyelids

-        Rings under the eyelids

-        Middle ear infection

-        Hives and Rashes

The breakout of hives and rashes only occurs with individuals who have a very sensitive immune system. However, one of the more interesting reactions is an indirect one that some people have because of the hay fever.

For example, a person who is allergic to a particular type of pollen might find themselves having an allergic reaction to the skin of potatoes or apples when they are consumed. This is because the proteins of the pollen are very similar to those found in potatoes and apples.  

Plus, there are certain disorders that are associated with hay fever as well which include the following;

-        Asthma

-        Eczema

-        Depression

The association between hay fever and the aforementioned conditions may be one of coincidence rather than of a direct nature. The vast majority of hay fever sufferers has no associated condition and will usually endure the symptoms in the presence of dust, animal dander or pollen.

One interesting thing is that while upwards of 25% people living in Western countries will suffer from hay fever on an annual basis, the numbers will fluctuate depending on the conditions to which they are exposed. In essence, a person who has moved to a new location may suffer from hay fever due to the local pollen, but the body may adjust and then not recognize the pollen as a threat.

Hay fever continues to be the subject of much study and treatment for millions of people.



What is Hay Fever?

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Millions of people around the world have experienced hay fever with all its symptoms. Hay fever is arguably the most common of all allergic reactions and for most people it can be quite annoying when it strikes.

But what exactly is hay fever and how can it be treated? The answer is one that involves extensive research into this phenomenon that has been a part of the human condition for arguably many thousands of years.

What is Hay Fever?

The scientific term is allergic rhinitis which is an inflammation of the nasal passages when elements such as pollen, animal dander or dust are inhaled. In individuals who have sensitive immune systems, the inhalation of these elements triggers a reaction which is normally in the form of producing antibodies to fight what is believed to be an infection or virus.

In essence, the production of the antibodies is combined with elements that contain histamines which in turn create the watery eyes and mucus that expand the lining in the nasal cavities. As a result, the body reacts as if a cold, infection or virus is present when in actuality it is not. Thus, hay fever is really an allergic reaction to harmless pollens, animal dander or dust. For very sensitive individuals, hives or rashes may break out on the skin as well.

The term “hay fever” is derived from the incorrect belief that the symptoms were caused by the smell of freshly cut hay. Another name at the time was “hay asthma” which has since faded into memory. However, the link between grass pollens and the allergic reaction was documented, if not accurately, after the turn of the 19th century.

The History of Hay Fever Research

Although observed for many centuries, John Bostock, a physician was the first to identify the condition in 1819 which he believed at the time was a disease. It was not until 1859 that Charles Blackley properly identified pollen as being the source of the hay fever. However, it still took until 1906 before the actual mechanisms of the allergy were properly noted as found in the work of Clemens von Pirquet.

During this time, it was observed that allergies were quite common among the people of the day and that certain conditions could amplify the reaction. This type of allergy affects up to 25% annually of the people living in Western countries and is passed down from generation to generation as well. In fact, upwards of 75% of all people will experience some form of hay fever or allergic reaction of this nature at least once in their own lives.

For most people, hay fever is an annoyance that will last for a few days up to a few weeks depending on the individual. This is also quite common for people who have moved into a new area where different types of pollen for example can trigger a new reaction. However, for most people once the body recognizes the particular type of pollen, hay fever does not strike again in that form.


FREE Acupuncture Workshop for Hamilton Community at Frankton Primary School on Thursday (20/11/2014)

World Acupuncture Awareness Week 17-22/2014

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As a member of NZRA ). 

We (Hamilton NZRA Acupuncturists) have decided to run a FREE Workshop for Hamilton people.

Topic: Back Pain, Period Pain, Migraine or Depression.

If you suffer from any of the above, you are welcome to ourFREE Acupuncture Workshop and Find Out How to Get Rid of These Problems….

Plus receive a FREE Consultation and Screening.

Date: 20/11/2014 (Thursday)
Time: 7pm to 9pm 
Address: Frankton School Staff Room, 
Massey Street, Hamilton. 
Parking available : Car park access from Rifle Range Rd & off street parking on Massey street.



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The Underlying Causes of Sinus Problems

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The Underlying Causes of Sinus Problems

Whether it is regular colds or acute sinusitis – chances are you have dealt with sinus issues at some point in your life. It is a common illness and modern medicine tries to focus on treating the uncomfortable sinus pressure or other symptoms, but to really recover from sinus problems you have to address whatever is causing the issue. Here are a few of the most common causes of sinus issues.

1.     Viruses

This probably won’t be surprising to many, but most colds start out as viruses which cause swelling in the nasal passages which can cause blockages in the holes that need to drain. This is why antibiotics don’t work to truly address most sinus issues.

2.     Allergies

Of course any swelling of nasal passages can lead to chronic sinusitis. People who are plagued by allergies are often also plagued with sinus infections. Studies have even shown that individuals with allergies will typically have a more extensive sinusitis than someone who simply contracts a sinus infection due to a cold.

3.     Bacterial Infections

If a cold lasts longer than about a week, it is extremely likely that bacteria has joined the mix and is now prolonging your illness. Bacterial infections are rarely the cause of sinus infections. However a bacterial infection can drastically lengthen your illness and create a more challenging recovery.

4.     Nasal Polyps

These are small growths in your nasal passages that typically do not cause issues unless they grow in such a way that they block your sinus cavities and trap mucus and bacteria in, which can cause painful sinus infections.

5.     Irritating Pollutants

Perfumes, smoke, colognes and other strong odors or air pollutants can be especially harmful to individuals who suffer from allergies or asthma. These pollutants can provoke coughing and sneezing which can lead to swelling of your nasal passages. These external pollutants should be avoided as much as possible if you are someone who suffers from acute or chronic sinusitis.

6.     Regular altitude changes

Whether you are a pilot or someone who enjoys regular diving, the constant changes in altitude and pressure will undoubtedly have an effect on your sinus cavities. Divers need to be especially mindful of the potential harm from diving into chlorinated pools. Chlorine can aggravate sensitive sinus tissues and deeply irritate your nasal lining which can easily lead to infections. Frequent flyers are probably already familiar with the potential side-effects of reduced air pressure. Not only can it cause pesky headaches, it can also cause excess sinus build up and lessen your drainage.

7.     Fungal Infections

Though this is a more uncommon reason, it can still cause serious issues for individuals suffering from sinus problems. When your immune system is weakened, fungus can grow under the right circumstances. Typically fungus will grow in moist, dark places (like nasal cavities).

8.     Nasal Abnormalities

People who were born with narrow nasal passages, deviated septum and even cleft palates often suffer from painful sinus issues due to blockages.

In conclusion, there are countless possible causes of nasal issues and sinusitis. But these are some of the most common you may deal with. Almost all of these issues can be effectively addressed through holistic, non-surgical means such as acupuncture and craniosacral therapy.

Testimonial - Seccessfully Pregnant within 3 month of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Treatments at Centre of Balance

Testimonial - Successfully Pregnant within 3 month of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treatments at Centre of Balance

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It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Szenan Phua and associates at the Centre of Balance.


My husband and I tried for many years to fall pregnant with no luck.  We tried everything.  At first it was the timing and use of ovulation predictor kits, and then after a few years we moved on to the more serious action of employing fertility specialists. 


The fertility specialists gave us less than 3% chance of conceiving – I had severe endometriosis and my my husband had an extremely low sperm count with motility issues.  They said both were irreversible but that I would need surgery before I even had a chance of conceiving.  Over the course of a year and a half I had two very invasive surgeries.  After recovering from my last surgery we were able to try IVF.  Over the next eight months we underwent two courses of IVF.  Both were very painful both physically and emotionally and the cost was in excess of $20,000.  We still did not conceive and due to further issues they reduced our chances to 1%. 


We were heartbroken and had little hope left.  It was through a recommendation from a friend that we got in touch with Szenan to try acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.  On my very first visit Szenan asked me questions about my ovulation that even the fertility specialists didn’t ask, and over several weeks came to a further diagnosis and plan to remedy.  My husband and I both had acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine herbs and I fell pregnant naturally within three months!!!


Szenan and his team were amazing and we are forever grateful for the gift that he gave us, there is no greater recommendation than the gift of life. 


Thank you Szenan and team from the bottom of our hearts,




Testimonial-Rheumatoid Arthritic Knee Pain Successfully Treated Using Acupuncture at Centre of Balance Hamilton

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In May 2014, I made an appointment with the Centre of Balance, Dinsdale to have acupuncture on my right knee.  I had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2013.  I was referred to a specialist, had a MRI scan and given strong painkillers to cope with the pain. The specialist recommended that I come back when the painkillers no longer worked and I would then be eligible for a knee replacement.

I must admit that I went into shock for quite a few months.  I read everything I could find out about Arthritis.  The diagnosis was not good.  The painkillers made my mind very blurred and the pain was still there.  The Dr said I could go on stronger painkillers, however I couldn't fully function on the dose I was given let alone go higher. I began to favour my right knee and my whole stance was changing.  Life was not great and my little part time job even seemed in jeopardy.  

Early this year I was contacted by a friend who had Arthritis in his feet.  He mentioned the Centre of Balance and his great success with acupuncture. I had never read or heard anything about acupuncture for Arthritis.  I subsequently made an appointment and the result was outstanding.

On my first visit I saw Szenan and within 30 minutes he freed me of any pain.  I was able to walk properly.  It felt like a miracle.  Subsequently over the next 3-4 months I saw Chirag up to 3 times per week.  I valued his opinion regarding Arthritis and my ongoing treatment. At present I am in remission and it feels wonderful to be out and about walking my dogs again.

Chirag is a very kind, professional and considerate professional. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him to anyone with Arthritis.  I am one of the lucky ones who found the Centre of Balance and got my mobility back. 

All the best for your wonderful career Chirag.


Jan Hammington

Hamilton NZ

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