Treating Pain with Traditional Chinese Medicine
Pain conditions such as back pain, knee pain, tennis elbow bring many people to an Acupuncture clinic. Unfortunately, most of us can expect to suffer from pain at some point in our lives. The good news is that Acupuncture can offer effective treatment.
Here is some research about the efficacy of Acupuncture in treating some pain disorders:
Wrist Pain/Carpal Tunnel
Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis
Post Operative Pain
Assessing your pain
Your first session will begin with an assessment of your pain; how long you've had it, what caused it, and what makes it better or worse. Your practitioner may also perform a range of motion test to determine how your pain is affecting your joint mobility.
Treating your pain
Acupuncture is very effective at "getting things unstuck". It has two effects: first of all, it creates short-term pain relief by stimulating the release of serotonin and natural opiates and by creating electrical impulses that inhibit pain. Secondly, it encourages long-term healing and repair of the affected tissues by reducing inflammation, increasing blood circulation, and relaxing chronically tense muscles.
Herbs can also be used to open the channels, especially if the blockage is caused by a deficiency condition. They are also useful in nourishing tendons and ligaments. Keep in mind that not all pain is treated the same way. TCM always looks at the whole person, including their diet and lifestyle. So it's not just a sore back that's being treated, it's your sore back. This means that the same kind of pain condition may be treated quite differently in different people.
The length of your course of treatments will depend largely on how long you've had your pain and the severity of the condition. Generally if a condition is older and more chronic it may require more treatments than a more recent acute condition.
You can expect that your pain level will begin to decrease, even after a single treatment. It will likely return before your second treatment, but not always to the original level. After the second treatment, you can expect continued reduction in pain and a longer lasting effect, and so on for each subsequent treatment. At the same time, needling will heal the affected tissues.
Over a course of treatments, acupuncture will resolve the underlying condition in addition to treating the pain. Many pain conditions are the result of sport injuries. You can reduce the likelihood of becoming injured by warming up before sport. Even if you are suffering from pain, gentle exercise is good for most conditions. Yoga, tai chi, walking, swimming or cycling can all be helpful ... consult with your practitioner to find out what will work best for you.
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