Pain Control

Acupuncture Provides

True Pain Relief in Study

by Anahad O'connor

A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.



Low Back Pain and Sciatica

Prolonged sitting in front of desks, while working in front of computers is a main cause of low back pain, sciatica and lumbalgia. Sudden acute back pain might just flare up due to continuous strain of the back due to elongated sitting or even sleeping incorrectly. Sprain can happen carrying heavy items or even while exercising, lifting weights in a incorrect position.
Acupuncture can be an effective treatment method, of it being easily applicable with immediate effect In acute back sprain or low back strain, even the body’s non-injured healthy muscles freeze up in an overreaction of the body’s defensive mechanism. Although the sprain or the strained muscle tissue would need time to recover, the surrounding muscle tissues, which have not been injured, do not need recovery time. Just by stimulating the Qi of the surrounding muscle fibers, we can relax the over reacting muscles and relieve them of their unnecessary rigidness, thus resulting in reduction of pain immediately. With the overreaction gone, the patient now only has to deal with the original injury which can also be helping to recovery quickly through appropriate acupuncture and thermal therapy.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

-Immediate relief from sprain and strains
-Better at removing tension spots than deep tissue massage
-Improves ROM (range of motion) within few sessions
-Shoulder blade pain, TMJ symptoms, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff pain and tear, shoulder bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome,
brachial plexus injury, myofascial pain syndrome, turtle neck syndrome

Video Display Terminal Syndrome is usual with white collared workers, who is required to work in front of desks all day long. The awkward position of looking down the computer monitor constantly strains the cervical spine, especially the C5, C6 and C7 regions. Also the between shoulder blade pain is also caused by this sitting and working position. The increased usage of laptops, netbooks, ebooks, tablets and smart phones, all lead to constant strain of the cervical spine and the shoulder.

Since the neck and shoulder region is an integrated region that are consisted by multiple connections of muscle fiber, fascia ligaments and tendons, just by focusing on one joint or one muscle tissue with physical therapy and massages cannot fully treat the complex issue of neck and shoulder pain. Acupuncture treatment can immediately relieve the tension of specific muscle tissues and fascias, improving the range of motion within few sessions.

Migraine and Headaches

-Studies have found acupuncture is effective on migraines
-Chronic migraines have fundamental causes that should be treated with herbal medicine
-Tension headache is caused by neck and shoulder tension

According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches, and 28 million suffer from migraines and sinus headaches.

Several clinical studies have shown acupuncture treatment is an effective option for treating chronic headaches. This is because acupuncture not only concentrates on the pain itself, it also tries to get rid of the origin that causes the pain in the first place. Herbal medication is also helpful in treating the fundamental causes.

Headaches are also diverse in their cause. A commonly reoccurring headache is tension headaches, also known as stress headaches. It emerges when patients have been in constant stress or tension and appears usually in the occipital region (the back head area) and also the margin where the Trapezius muscle fascia is connected to the occipital protrusion of the skull. Tension headaches are due to excessive tension build up of the cervical region, neck and shoulder tightness. By relieving these tension parts and stiffness, tension headaches can be eliminated easily.

Sometimes indigestion or menstrual cycles are the cause of headaches. Some PMS (post menstrual syndrome) arise as headaches. Severe bloating or food poisoning can also be associated with headaches. Personalized in-depth consultation is required by a holistic nutritionist or traditional medicine doctor to correctly diagonalize the correct pattern diagnosis.

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