Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of acute and chronic neuro-musculoskeletal pain disorders including:
- Ankle pain
- Bell’s palsy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Facial spasm
- Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Gouty arthritis
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Periarthritis of the shoulder
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Post-operative pain
- Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Shingles (post-herpetic neuralgia)
- Shoulder pain
- Spine pain, acute and chronic
- Sprain (muscle)
- Stiff neck
- Strain (ligaments)
- TMJ syndrome
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
Acupuncture is famous for its ability to treat pain conditions; much recent research has confirmed its efficacy and begun to explain the mechanisms that create such amazing results.
Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. This effect has been shown to be cumulative, which explains why patients tend to feel greater and longer-lasting relief with each successive treatment. Acupuncture has also been shown to cause the release of anti-inflammatory and anti-stress hormones. Modern MRI studies have even demonstrated that classical acupuncture point combinations traditionally used to treat pain trigger specific changes in the areas of the brain associated with pain messages.
Yet unlike many pain medications that focus solely on treating the pain itself, acupuncture is also able to affect the underlying causes of pain. Effective treatment is able to relax the spasming hypertonic muscles that are so often found with pain conditions; while also rebalancing all the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that are affected by an injured area. The ability to rebalance the structure of an injured area is critical to permanent recovery from a pain condition which has become chronic. Additionally, acupuncture has also been shown to increase blood flow which can drastically decrease bruising, swelling and overall healing times.
At Family Acupuncture & Herbs we regularly combine acupuncture with several other modalities to suit each particular case. These modalities may include: tuina (Chinese medical massage), cupping, moxibustion, TDP heat therapy, internal and external herbal formulas, gentle electro-stimulation, and stretching. We have successfully treated many different types of conditions; should you have any questions we would be happy to do a free phone consultation to determine whether acupuncture is the right treatment for you.