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Pain Management

Acupuncture for Sports Injury

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain management since it helps the body heal the injury rather than merely mask the pain as is usually the case with allopathic (western) medicinal therapies. Sports injuries are very common amongst people with active lifestyles. Most sports-related injuries occur when a particular part of the body is overused such as runner’s knee or through a repetitive stress injury like tennis elbow. 
 
Oriental medicine views pain as an obstructive syndrome where there is an interruption of vital energy, blood or fluids to the afflicted area. During an acupuncture treatment, the needles are placed along certain acupoints that help the body redirect this energy to the afflicted area. Physiologically speaking, the manipulation of these acupoints causes a two-fold reaction that heals the pain. First, the treatment causes the body to release certain neurohormones, such as endorphins and encephalins, which inhibit pain impulses. Secondly, acupuncture also acts as a nerve block steering the nerve impulses away from the painful nerve group. Studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have shown a reduction of nerve activity related to pain while the area is being treated through acupuncture.  
 
Along with prescribing a treatment of acupuncture, the Practitioner may also recommend additional combinations of treatments such as massage/bodywork, Gua Sha, moxibustion, electric-stimulation or cupping. 
 
 

Acupuncture for Arthritis

A study on TCM published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2004) has shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for those patients who suffer from degenerative rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.  
 
The study tested 570 knee-patients who underwent acupuncture treatments and reported a 40% reduction in pain and nearly a 40% increase in function by the 14th week of therapy. 
 
Depending on the severity of the arthritis and the condition of the patient, a treatment plan is usually conducted over several sessions with the Practitioner recommending acupuncture coupled with some electro-stimulation or moxibustion.
 
 

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture can help relieve the pain, fatigue and anxiety associated with fibromyalgia, according to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, (2006). Fibromyalgia is a condition in which patients experience wide spread aches and pain coupled with fatigue and sleep problems. Currently there are no medicines specifically approved for fibromyalgia and patients are usually prescribed a combination of painkillers, antidepressants and exercise therapy. 
 
Acupuncture treatments have little-to-no side-effects, and thus, can be utilized regularly and effectively for the long-term treatment of fibromyalgia.








                

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