Acupuncture for Pain & Injury
Acupuncture has been found in many clinical trials to offer benefit pain and injuries. It is recommended by the World Health Organization, the British Medication Association for many conditions including specific pain and injuries. Acupuncture can help reduce pain, promote healing, reduce muscle tension or contractions and may hep to increase range of motion which has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials; however condition specific.
Acupuncture can help to increase blood flow to the injured area thus fostering the natural healing capacity of the body. Increased blood flow carries oxygen, and anti inflammatory chemicals thus promoting cell growth and repair in the affected area. Increased blood flow then can help decrease inflammation, swelling and bruising.
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at pain as a blockage of the body's energy (Qi). Acupuncture helps to move that stuck energy and by doing so helps to reduce the pain. When treating pain the acupuncture treatment often involves needling the local area of pain or injury as well a using points not in the area of pain (distal points) that help to influence the injured area of the body. This helps to open the meridian's involved and move that stuck energy. When treating pain we are also always treating a individual patients constitution; we look at the person as a whole and the overall flow and balance of energy and the energy of their internal organs and systems.
Along with acupuncture other modalities may help facilitate the movement of energy. Depending on an individuals needs, electrical stimulation, moxabustion, cupping, heat and topical lineaments can help to assist the movement of blood and energy and support the healing process.
Conditions that acupuncture may help address include:
- Muscle tension
- Back and neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Over use injuries
- Hip pain
- Leg pain
- Ankle and foot pain or injuries
- Arm and hand pain or injuries
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Muscle sprains and pulls
- Headaches and migraines
- Fractures and sprains