Pain Management

Relieving Acute and Chronic Pain

Acute and chronic pain can be debilitating, interfering with a patient’s daily life and overall health. Fortunately, both types of pain respond to acupuncture - this is because the pain is usually caused by a blockage in the flow of the body’s qi, or energy. The blockage could be due to physical obstruction, too much or too little energy, or an accumulation of cold, heat and/or dampness.

During your first visit, we’ll assess your reasons for pain by asking questions, taking your pulse, and examining your tongue and the area(s) exhibiting pain. This forms the basis of your individualized treatment plan, which can also include electric stimulation and the burning of an herb over the points of pain - especially if your pain worsens in the cold.

Initially, treatments for pain management will take place once to twice each week. As pain decreases, the time between appointments can be extended. You’re also likely to notice that the treatments provide time for relaxation, which helps to lower stress and further control pain.

In addition, acupuncture can help ease other systems, such as fatigue, irritability and depression, which are often a result of chronic pain. While chronic conditions may take longer to respond to treatment than acute conditions, some patients find that they are able to reduce their reliance on pain medications as a result of acupuncture.

Acupuncture can be used alone or to complement other pain treatments, such as:

  • Drug therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Surgical (before and after)
  • What types of pain respond to acupuncture? 

While acupuncture can be used to treat most types of pain, the conditions that respond well to acupuncture include:
  • Tension headaches & migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back, knee, neck, & shoulder pain
  • Osteo-arthritis
  • Generalized pain
  • Strains & sprains
  • Athletic injuries
  • Menstrual pain