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Musculoskeletal Disorders & TCM

Acupuncture is best known for its ability to successfully treat pain. Pain itself is not a diagnosis, but rather an indication or warning that there is a problem somewhere in the body. Many times the exact location of pain points to where the problem is. In other situations the site of pain may be related to problems far away, for example leg pain resulting from a herniated disk pushing on a nerve in the back.

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of headaches, back pain, sciatic pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee pain, heel pain, as well as fibromyalgia, arthritis & carpal tunnel syndrome.

How does acupuncture stop pain?

Acupuncture is an extremely powerful and effective approach to treat pain because it decreases pain levels as it stimulates the body’s healing response. Acupuncture resolves pain by affecting several pain pathways and healing responses at the same time, including:

  • Raising endorphin levels and diminishing the nervous system’s pain response
  • Decreasing inflammation and swelling
  • Relaxing muscles and stop spasms
  • Increasing circulation to the local area

How many treatments will I need?

This varies considerably based on the specific condition being treated. Each person receives an individualized treatment plan based on age, past medical history, lifestyle, treatment goals and current pain status. Generally speaking however, acute pain (less than 3 months duration) is often resolved in a short series of treatments spaced close together and chronic pain requires consistent regular treatment to achieve long-term pain relief.

How else will acupuncture help me deal with my pain?

Acupuncture treatments are very relaxing. You probably wouldn’t expect this effect, especially dealing with painful conditions. But acupuncture balances various parts of the body together, which makes you feel calm, peaceful and very relaxed. Pain is stressful and can wear you down causing irritability, tension and insomnia. By relaxing the whole body and mind, acupuncture also helps eliminate these other negative aspects of pain. And it does so in a natural way, with no negative side effects.

Acupuncture also looks at the entire person, not just the one part that hurts. This means we might offer you suggestions for individual lifestyle improvements regarding exercise, supplements and diet, and sleeping and stress management techniques to help you improve your health and decrease pain.

If you suffer from headaches, back pain, sciatic pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee pain, heel pain, as well as fibromyalgia, arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome, you’re a great candidate for acupuncture treatment.

Does TCM treats sports injuries?

Sports injuries encompass a plethora of medical concerns, usually related to musculoskeletal conditions. Basically, it covers all acute injuries and chronic ailments due to specific physical activities, including problems that result from physical training, martial arts, competitive sports, “weekend warriors,” outdoor activities and competitions. When you participate in these activities, you commonly stress or damage muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints – the areas that are used the most.

Acupuncture can help to reduce pain, increase your range of motion, increase recovery and healing time, and strengthen weakened parts of the body. It’s noninvasive, inexpensive and painless. It can decrease inflammation, reduce swelling, relax muscles and relieve spasms, decrease bruising, lower the body’s pain response, and improve local blood circulation to increase delivery of nutrients and removal of noxious elements. Acupuncture works very well to decrease healing times as well.

Can acupuncture help with post-surgery?

 Acupuncture is an excellent supportive therapy for many kinds of surgery. It works to improve the body’s response to the trauma or injury incurred from the surgery. The direct benefits from acupuncture include reduced swelling and inflammation, plus improved and accelerated healing after surgery. In addition, acupuncture can boost the body’s immune system, reduce the negative effects of stress, support the body’s ability to utilize nutrients and promote the proper functioning of the organs.

Acupuncture promotes the body’s ability to function in the way it was designed – whether in terms of decreased healing time, stress reduction or assuring optimal health to prevent possible future illness.