This is all about relieving, reducing and managing pain with acupuncture, whatever the cause.
In China acupuncture has historically been regarded as an effective treatment for pain management anywhere in the body. Clinically we find acute injuries often respond quickly and effectively, only requiring a few treatments in quick succession. Chronic or deeper pain will take longer to resolve completely but some relief can be experienced from the first treatment.
Acupuncture aims to reduce inflammation and swelling in the body while releasing muscle spasms. We have selected papers looking at how acupuncture helps conditions we more commonly seen in clinic including Migraines, Pain post surgery, and Chronic Pain but there are many more.
People often comment in surprise at how quickly a bruise or swelling resolves after a treatment.
Clinically we use a combination of acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha, moxabustion, heat therapy, electro-acupuncture and massage to gently encourage the healing process and ease pain.
While many treatment protocols involve directly treating the site of pain it is possible to treat distally. For example using points on the hand to treat headaches. So even if your injury is too sore to touch, or is covered by a cast, acupuncture may still be able to help.
Acupuncture also compliments other treatment modalities such as physiotherapy, chiropractics, osteopathics and massage. By relaxing tension and reducing inflammation an acupuncture treatment can allow your manipulative therapist to give a deeper, more effective treatment.