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.
You can expect a natural pain management treatment to include one or a combination of:
- Gua Sha
- moxibustion / heat therapy
- massage to gently encourage the healing process and ease pain.
These treatments work to reduce pain by:
- Directly targeting inflammation and swelling in the body
- releasing muscle spasms
- Encouraging healthy blood and Qi flow through affected areas
People often comment in surprise at how quickly a bruise or swelling resolves after a treatment.
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.