Pain Management

What types of painful conditions can benefit from acupuncture?

Injuries and Musculoskeletal Pain

Many research studies recognise the efficacy of acupuncture to treat injuries such as tennis elbow, bursitis, and tendonitis as well as common complaints of lower back pain, frozen shoulder, neck pain and other sprains and strains. Other conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis also receive pain relief from acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture assists with tissue regeneration, decreasing inflammation, improving range of motion and maintaining the suppleness of joints and tendons. Treatments resolve the acute symptoms and nourish the body to prevent future injury.

Nerve Pain

Conditions such as thoracic outlet syndrome, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and post-operative nerve pain tend to respond very well to acupuncture compared to other manual therapies, as acupuncture treatments are gentle and relatively non-invasive.

Headaches & Migraines

Treatment success for headaches & migraines is well documented in academic journals and is endorsed by the World Health Organisation. We can reduce the painful symptoms of a headache or migraine as it occurs and reduce the frequency and severity of future migraines, if not eliminate them altogether, with maintenance treatments which address lifestyle and dietary factors plus treat the underlying cause.

How does it work?

This is a rather large topic to cover but the most widely recognised therapeutic effect is that acupuncture acts as an analgesic, affecting the endogenous opioid system to relieve pain. Many studies using MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) and other modern technology demonstrate the effects of acupuncture on the brain during pain-relief treatment. There is an increasing amount of evidence highlighting the effect of acupuncture in altering the secretion of neurotransmitters and hormones as well as regulating blood flow through the body.

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Read this article from the Acupuncture Now Foundation ‘Acupuncture in Pain Management: Strengths & Weaknesses of a Promising Non-Pharmacologic Therapy in the Age of the Opioid Epidemic.’