Acupuncture for Treatment of Pain

         Acupuncture's effectiveness for the treatment of any type of pain is one of the reasons

for the widespread use of acupuncture in the U.S. and around the world.  Acupuncture is an

extremely effective therapy for pain management.  Relief often occurs within the first couple

sessions. Generally, the less time a person has had the pain, the quicker it can be resolved.

If someone has had pain for longer or for many years, the healing process may be longer,

but even then some pains may resolve quickly.  Acute pain can often be resolved in 2-3 visits.

Chronic pain should be addressed with weekly or bi-weekly visits for a month and then

re-assessed.  Ideally, the patient should continue receiving treatment on a maintenance basis.

 Acupuncture is a great preventative therapy and everyone can benefit from monthly or

seasonal maintenance. 


        Acupuncture works by moving the subtle energy of the body. Any where that this flow is blocked there will be pain or other problems. Fine needles are placed at acupuncture points in various parts of the body to treat pain.  Needles are often placed at or near the area where the pain is, along ther meridians that pass through the area of pain, or at points that benefit the organ networks associated with the root cause of the pain.


       In Chinese Medicine, we talk about roots and branches.  The symptom is often just a "branch" of something happening in the body, it is not the cause of the symptom.  It can be compared to an engine light.  The warning light is not the cause, it is telling you that something needs to be looked at.  Pain is often a warning light.  Chinese Medicine is the language of the body, of nature, and can help diagnose the root cause of the problem.  Generally, we will treat the root and the branch of the problem simultaneously to provide both immediate and lasting relief.  Western medicine, especially surgery and pharmaceuticals, often treat the branch.  Pharmaceutical drugs do this through suppression.  They do not cure, they suppress symptoms.  Anything that is suppressed is potentially setting the body up for problems in the future.  Chinese Medicine can get to the root of disease and pain.


Types of pain acupuncture is effective in treating:


  • Foot Pain

  • Ankle Pain

  • Knee Pain

  • Hip Pain

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Chest Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Back Pain

  • Elbow Pain

  • Wrist Pain

  • Hand Pain

  • Jaw Pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Arthritis

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