Bellflower

Acupuncture • Chinese Herbal Medicine • Shiatsu

Bellflower Chinese Medicine is the practice of Thomas Crooks. Accredited member of the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association and AHPRA registered.

Conditions Treated

Sports Injuries & Musculoskeletal Care

Injury rehabilitation falls into three categories:

  • Acute care.When the strain, sprain, bruise or fracture has just happened and 1-2 weeks post injury, depending on severity. Appropriate treatment at this phase can reduce inflammation and pain, as well as direct you towards correct long-term rehabilitation.
  • Post-acute care.Treatment at this stage is based on restoring correct function, reducing pain and restoring unimpeded blood flow to the injury site. This type of treatment activates your body's innate self-healing mechanisms.
  • Chronic injury care.This phase of treatment is aimed at dealing with old injuries that have not been rehabilitated correctly, to relieve long-term pain and restore integrity to the affected muscles.

General Muscle Soreness and Stiffness

Pain and restricted muscle function arising from daily activities, such as office work, repetitive stress factors and generalised muscle problems. These types of conditions respond fantastically well to acupuncture and cupping, massage, gua sha and heat therapy. Stress is also a factor that can impact on musculo-skeletal health. Chinese herbs can also benefit.

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Stress Reduction

Known as the 'Silent Killer', stress is an important causative factor in many minor and major illnesses.

It is hard to avoid altogether, however with effective stress management techniques, its impact can be significantly reduced. With regular acupuncture, massage and herbs, your quality of life can be restored and serious illness can be avoided.

Stress manifests physically and cognitively, with symptoms such as:

  • anxiety, irritability, poor concentration,
  • insomnia, forgetfulness, depression
  • headaches & muscle aches
  • digestive disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • fatigue, weight changes
  • menstrual problems

Stress can also lead to serious health conditions such as heart attack and stroke. Treatment in the initial phase is aimed at reducing the manifestations of stress, however they occur for you. Once under control, regular periodic acupuncture and herbs can be a highly effective part of your stress management practice.

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Pain Management

Experiencing pain, in the short-term or long-term has a significant impact on your quality of life. Chinese medicine has many tools available to reduce and resolve many types of pain conditions including:

  • musculo-skeletal pain
  • neurological pain
  • pain associated with the menstrual cycle
  • psycho-emotional suffering

Pain management is one of the key areas that acupuncture is recognised for. If you, a family-member or friend is suffering, consider this type of highly effective, non-invasive and drug-free treatment.

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Women's Health

Many women suffer from menstrual irregularities, that are often mis-diagnosed and not treated, or treated incorrectly.

Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbal medicine aims at regulating the functioning of the related organs, to reduce the symptoms and restore a regular pain-free cycle.

The types of irregularities that can be addressed include:

  • dysmennorhoea, amennorhoea
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • endometriosis
  • menorrhagia
  • unwanted emotional changes related to your cycle

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Fertility & IVF Support

Thomas works with women and couples who want to optimise their pregnancy, as well as assisting those who are having difficulties falling pregnant - alongside or independent of IVF treatment. Thomas provides treatment at all stages of pregnancy:

  • pre-conception
  • conception (including IVF support)
  • maintaining good health and managing adverse symptoms through pregnancy
  • preparing for labour, turning babies in breech, transverse and posterior presentations
  • after birth care for the new mum

There is a growing evidence-base in support of the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs to facilitate healthy pregnancy.

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Treatments used

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, single-use, sterile needles into specific locations called acupoints which lie on the meridians. The meridians are a network of energetic pathways that connect the functions of the internal organs to the broader functions of the body.

By inserting acupuncture needles into prescribed locations on these pathways, the body's homeostatic functions are activated. As the body returns to its natural state of equilibrium, there is no longer a place for illness or disease. Learn more

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is a highly developed branch of TCM in which natural ingredients are combined in specific ways to address the multitude of complaints that patients present with in clinic. While there are many traditional formulae used in modern practice, the beauty of this modality is that formulae can be modified to each individual's particular requirements. This kind of personalised treatment is one of the main strengths of Chinese herbal medicine and TCM in general.

Thomas' priority in practice is the treatment of the individual and not just the disease. Chinese herbal medicine is a wonderful way of doing this. Learn more

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Shiatsu & Adjunct Therapies

Thomas uses a number of complementary therapeutic methods within the course of treatment.

  • Shiatsu Massage.A form of Japanese tactile therapy
  • Moxibustion.Gentle heat therapy applied through various applications of the ignited mugwort plant
  • Cupping.Glass cups are applied to the large muscle groups once the oxygen is removed, which creates a vacuum. Great for muscle pain and tension as well as numerous other conditions
  • Gua Sha.The skin is scraped to reduce pain and tightness in the muscles. Often used in conjunction with acupuncture and massage
  • Liniments.Medicated herbal liniments are very effective when used to rehabilitate strains and sprains as well as for muscle bruising, tightness, inflammation and more

These methods are supplementary to essential treatment methods. Learn more

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Blog: health & well-being

Caring for your wellbeing with Chinese medicine

In times gone by in China, patients would often STOP going to their acupuncturist when they became ill. That seems the wrong way round, right? Why would they do this? Because people would get acupuncture and take herbs to stay healthy! Read more

About Thomas

Over a decade enabling self-healing

Thomas is a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, as well as practicing shiatsu massage. Specialising in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, stress reduction, pain management and menstrual/fertility irregularities, he works with people suffering from a wide range of health conditions. He is a member of the AHPRA regulated Chinese Medicine Registration Board (CMRB) and the peak industry representative body, the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).

Thomas has currently stepped away from clinical practice to pursue a full-time academic role as the Senior Lecturer (Social Sciences) at Endeavour College of Natural Health (Perth campus). While he is not accepting new clients at the present time, he does anticipate returning to practice at some point in the future. Read more