Acute & Chronic Pain Management
For many people, living with pain is a part of everyday life, whether it is temporary pain, such as a strain, or a more chronic pain, such as migraines, neck pain, or back pain. Chronic pain is exhausting and negatively impacts your quality of life. Unfortunately, the help we receive when we visit our doctor often fails to get to the root of the problem. What happens when you have exhausted all treatment options, you have undergone surgery, you have tried pain medication, and you are STILL in pain?
Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches the treatment of pain in an entirely different way.
TCM recognizes that there are many different types of pain we experience and for many different reasons. TCM diagnoses pain as the non-free flow of qi and blood. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response.
Western science has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the brain, nervous and endocrine systems, and connective tissue. Along the locations of the channels and points there is an abundance of blood vessels, nerve, and lymph tissue. Biological responses that occur during an acupuncture treatment include the release of serotonin, endorphins, hormones, and anti-inflammatory agents to help the body heal and resolve pain.
In my treatments I commonly use modalities to treat pain such as motor point acupuncture, trigger point acupuncture or dry needling, electro-acupuncture, myofascial release, rehabilitative stretches and exercises; and other modalities such as dietary modification, whole food supplements, herbal medicine, and relaxation techniques.
Overuse of muscles causes contraction and shortening of the muscle which over time accumulates and puts strain on tendons and joints causing pain and dysfunction. Motor Point acupuncture can reset contracted muscles to restore joints to their normal function while reducing or eliminating pain.
Painful conditions that we treat:
- Muscle tension & injury
- Tendon strain
- Headaches and Migraines
- TMJD and jaw pain
- Chronic neck and shoulder pain
- Acute whiplash
- Low back pain
- Hip pain and Sciatica
- Elbow pain (lateral and medial epicondylitis)
- Carpal Tunnel
- Knee Pain
- Ankle Sprains
- Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Sports injuries
- Osteo-arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
- Stomach and abdominal pain
- Menstrual Pain
- Pregnancy aches and pain