Pain Management

What types of painful conditions can benefit from acupuncture?

Injuries and Musculoskeletal Pain

There are acupuncture points and techniques which influence muscle, tendon, nerve and bone for every part of the body. Many patients come to us with repetitive strain injuries such as tennis elbow, postural problems such as lower back pain, trauma injuries which result in neck pain as well as a variety of degenerative arthritic conditions. If you have a specific area or type of pain and you want to know if acupuncture can help then please make an enquiry by sending us an email. Acupuncture treatments aim to assist with tissue regeneration, decreasing inflammation, improving range of motion and maintaining the suppleness of joints and tendons. The focus is not only to resolve the acute symptoms but to nourish the body in order to prevent future injury.

Nerve Pain

Conditions such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome 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. Acupuncture may reduce current headache and migraine pain and reduce the frequency and severity of future occurrences. Our treatments address the underlying causes of such pain and address lifestyle and dietary factors which may contribute to the occurrence of headaches and migraines.

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 (endogenous dynorphins : endogenous beta endorphin) 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.

For more information on acupuncture and pain management, visit our Blog and our Research page.

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.’

Dynorphin-(1-13), an extraordinarily potent opioid peptide

Acupuncture and endorphins

Evidence map of acupuncture