Chinese medicine has a famous saying to describe pain “Bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong.” This translates to “If there is no free flow, there is pain; if there is free flow, there is no pain.” Thus, our treatments aim to restore “free flow” in the body to eliminate pain.
With our current lifestyles that involve sitting for long hours, working on a computer, using a mobile device, high stress, and intense workouts, it is very common to experience pain.
Pain conditions that can be treated with acupuncture include:
For acute pain, we suggest beginning treatment as soon as possible. Getting immediate treatment two times per week, for 2 weeks can be the most effective way to eliminate acute pain quickly. For chronic pain, weekly treatments for 4-6 weeks are often needed.
One of the main causes of pain in the body is tightness. Overused or strained muscles become tight, these muscles then pull on the tendons they are attached to, and the tendons become injured. Our first goal in treatment is to relax any tight muscles. Acupuncture needle insertion does this by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. As blood freely flows, the muscles can relax and injured muscle fibers can heal. This also eliminates the extra strain on the tendons, allowing them to heal.
Some pain is caused by pressure on nerves from a tight muscle or inflamed spinal disc. Acupuncture is very effective for nerve pain. Needles insertion can address the tight muscles, reduce inflammation, and release the “pinched” nerve.
Headaches can vary in type of pain and area of pain. Chinese medicine recognizes several different headache patterns and provides treatment protocols to address each type.
In addition to acupuncture, we often utilize other Chinese medicine techniques such as cupping, guasha, and moxibustion to address pain. We also offer therapeutic exercises and diet/lifestyle recommendations that will speed the healing process.