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 acupuncture, bodywork, cupping, gua sha, rehabilitative stretches and exercises, dietary modification, whole food supplements, herbal medicine, and relaxation techniques. My approach is to treat more frequently in the beginning in order to effect change and eliminate the pain. Most of my patients see results within a few treatments and depending on the severity of the injury the pain can be greatly reduced, or gone within 5-7 treatments.
Painful conditions that often respond to TCM are:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Chronic neck and shoulder pain
- Acute whiplash
- Low back pain
- Hip pain and Sciatica
- Tennis Elbow (lateral and medial epicondylitis)
- Carpal Tunnel
- Knee Pain
- Ankle Sprains
- Heel spurs and plantar Fasciitis
- Repetitive Stress injuries
- Sports injuries
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Stomach pain
- Menstrual Pain