In Traditional Chinese Medicine, “When there is obstruction, there is pain” is the common pathology that is triggered by the different causes of pain. Acupuncture, among the oldest healing practices in the world, is part of traditional Chinese medicine. To relieve pain, acupuncture practitioners stimulate specific points from affected meridians — pathway where Qi (vital energy) travels through. In response to the stimulations to acupuncture points, the body releases endorphins and activates an immune response. The application of acupuncture for pain relief provides a drug-free method to minimize pain. A special analysis of acupuncture data from an earlier NHIS found that pain or musculoskeletal complaints accounted for 7 of the top 10 conditions for which people use acupuncture. Back pain was the most common, followed by joint pain, neck pain, severe headache or migraine, and reoccuring pain.
Joint Pain (Arthritis)-
Arthritis is the most common joint pain. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been found to be effective at treating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. The selection of acupuncture points and herbs depend on the type of arthritis the patient has. In TCM the causes could be wind, cold, damp or damp-heat. Once the root causes are identified, a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, Tui Na (Soft tissue therapeutic work), Gua Sha (scraping technique), Chinese herbs, food/nutritional therapy, and exercises will be applied to achieve therapeutic goals. The primary goal is to restore normal function by helping the body to be in a balanced state.
Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon and its ligaments, which attach it to the bone, often resulting from repetitive movements. The symptoms of tendonitis conditions include pain and tenderness at or near a joint with possible swelling over the area. Acupuncture needles are inserted near the source of pain, relieving local pain symptoms, addressing muscular dysfunction and improving blood circulation in the affected area.
Lower Back Pain (LBP)-
According to statistics, about 27 million US adults reported having back pain. Clinically, we have seen that LBP is the most common condition that our patients come in with. Acupuncture provides pain relief allowing patients to work on physical and behavioral problems that often perpetuate pain and dysfunction. Many patients with chronic low back pain find that acupuncture will help not only break the pain cycle, but allow them to reduce pain medications and participate more vigorously in physical therapy. At Prosperity Health Center, we focus on providing integrated treatments. Not only do we provide acupuncture, we also offer chiropractic care for neuromuscular skeletal system balance, and herbal care to promote better circulation and neuromuscular function. Clinically, we have seen that integrated care has shown great results.
Headache is the most common neurological ailment in the United States. Chinese Medicine recognizes and relieves pain caused by both types of headaches: primary and secondary. Primary headaches include migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by medical conditions such as allergies, sinus disease, or head injuries. Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body, which is followed by gentle manual or electrical stimulation of the needles. Blood flow in the tissues increases when small vessels around the area of the needle dilate. Since the pain of a migraine may be associated with the dilation of blood vessels in the head, increasing circulation in this area can worsen the patient's symptoms, which is why we utilize a unique approach to the treatment of migraine attacks. By avoiding points in the head, neck and upper body, and instead using points exclusively in the lower body, we avoid dilating the blood vessels of the head.