Acupuncture: An effective treatment for Acute or Chronic Pain

Acupuncture Treatment of Pain

Acupuncture is most widely recognized for its ability to effectively treat many types of pain. Acupuncture has a long and successful track record of treating pain. Additionally, both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledge the efficacy and multiple benefits of utilizing acupuncture in the treatment of pain. 

Advantages of using Acupuncture for the treatment of Pain

Acupuncture is a natural, time-tested, safe, effective, and drug-free approach to eliminating pain. Unlike most methods for managing pain, acupuncture has very few side effects. Furthermore, acupuncture may work to help resolve the underlying cause of the pain, not just mask it. Research suggests that acupuncture treats painful conditions by:

  • Reducing inflammation and swelling
  • Relaxing muscles and reducing spasms
  • Normalizing the nervous system
  • Increasing circulation to the local area
  • Deactivating trigger points (Dry Needling)
  • Increasing endorphin, enkephalin, and adenosine levels
  • Softening scars and releasing fascial adhesions

Painful Conditions commonly treated with Acupuncture

The list below contains examples of painful conditions commonly treated with acupuncture. This list is certainly NOT all-inclusive. If you do not see your condition listed below, please contact our office to see if it can be treated with acupuncture.

  • Arm pain
  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot pain
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Hand pain
  • Joint pain
  • Knee & Ankle pain
  • Headaches
  • Injuries
  • Migraine
  • Muscle pain
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinus pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • TMJ
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments does vary according to the specific condition being treated. Each patient is given a treatment plan based on age, constitution, medical history, lifestyle, diet, treatment goals, and current pain status. When provided in close enough succession, the effectiveness of each acupuncture treatment typically builds upon the previous one. Acute conditions tend to resolve more quickly with an intensive series of treatments. Whereas, chronic conditions may require a longer and more consistent series of treatments. If you are accepted as a patient, your clinician will developed a treatment plan for you. Depending on your particular condition and responsiveness to treatment, your acupuncturist may also recommend the combination of Dry needling Frequency Specific Microcurrent and/or Dao needling with your acupuncture treatment.

Chinese Herbal Medicine & Pain Management

Chinese herbal medicine is an excellent adjunct to acupuncture for the treatment of pain. By incorporating Chinese herbal medicine, patients experience quicker and more long lasting results. Internal herbs (decoctions, granule powders, & tablets) can be used to relieve pain (analgesic), reduce inflammation and swelling (anti-inflammatory), reduce stiffness and spasms (muscle relaxer), increase circulation, as well as address the person as a whole in order to promote healing and alleviate pain. These herbs are put together as a formula, containing on average of 6-20 herbs, in oder to synergistcally increase the desired effects while simultaneously reducing the potential for side effects. External herbs (liniments & plasters) further relieve pain and facilitate healing, and they can often be incorporated into a treatment plan.

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