Pain Management Overview According to the traditional acupuncture theory, pain is caused by a blockage of energy (Qi) flow through the body. Injuries can cause many types of blockage, such as spasms, swelling, inflammation, and bruising. While many conventional treatments simply mask the pain, acupuncture can effectively eliminate the roadblock to speed healing and clearly get to the bottom of one's discomfort.This approach addresses not only the symptoms, but also the underlying cause of the pain.
Acupuncture produces pain management as well as physical relief by:
Relaxing muscle spasms
Reducing local inflammation and swelling
Calming nerve irritation
Releasing natural, pain killing opiates
Improving blood flow, and speeding healing
Headaches / Migraines
Headaches and migraines can be associated with the menstrual cycle in women or have no pattern at all. A combination of acupuncture and massage can relieve most headaches during an episode. However, Chinese herbs, regular acupuncture, and dietary changes can help prevent migraines and headaches by correct the underlying imbalances creating them.
Lower Back Pain/Sciatica
Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical treatment. It has been estimated that up to 85% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, most commonly low back pain. Acupuncture has been shown to be both safe and effective in treating low back pain and sciatica.
There are many different factors and circumstances that could cause one to feel stiffness and pain in the neck, such as high blood pressure, circulation failure, muscle tension, and the vulnerability of spraining due to qi blockage in the neck area. In certain cases, the pain may go away after a good night’s sleep, but it is more common for the pain to get worse as it spreads and impacts daily life.
Shoulder / Upper Back Pain
A variety of factors can lead to upper back or shoulder pain, including stress, poor posture, whiplash injury, and tendonitis of the shoulder joint. Our pain management therapy for individuals with upper back or shoulder pain may include a combination of acupuncture as well as certain types of traditional Eastern medicinal therapy, such as Korean/Chinese medical herbology. Our acupuncturist will develop a safe, effective, and natural treatment plan to address your specific physical needs in order to properly treat your discomforts.
Joint Pain / Arthritis
Pain in any joint can be effectively treated with acupuncture. From pain in the fingers to the shoulders, knees, ankles, and elbows, acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, promote healing, and stop pain.
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce inflammation in the joints, which makes it a safe and effective treatment for suffers of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been shown to regulate the immune system, which can also aid in the management of rheumatoid arthritis.
Repetitive Strain / Sports Injury
Repetitive strain injuries, or injuries which result from repeated motion, typically respond very well to acupuncture. The common goal in treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Runner's Knee and other common repetitive strain injuries is to stop the inflammatory process occurring in and around the overused tendons. Acupuncture can also be used to strengthen and prevent repeat injuries when patients are asymptomatic.
Modern medicine has very few options for the FM patient. Pain medications, muscle relaxants and anti-depressants are prescribed. However, these provide minimal relief with added potential side-effects. Acupuncture has been determined by the World Health Organization to be effective in the treatment of chronic pain and has listed Fibromyalgia as one of many conditions effectively treated by acupuncture.