Natural Pain Relief

We offer drug free, safe, and effective treatments to reduce or eliminate pain and enable you to get back to the activities you enjoy.  Using a holistic approach, we are able to not just mask pain, but allow the body to heal.  We use the necessary therapies to accomplish this, including:.

  • acupuncture
  • massage techniques (cupping, gua sha, and tui na)
  • heat therapy  (moxabustion and TDP infrared lamp)
  • topical herbs
  • herbal and nutritional supplements
  • anti-inflammatory diet
  • balanced exercise
  • relaxation

Acupuncture is increasingly being used as an alternative to drugs like opioids, and has been integrated into reputable medical establishments like the Cleveland Clinic.  Studies are finding that the results are not just a placebo effect.  (1,2) This is especially clear when considering its effectiveness in animals.

There are a few different treatment goals we aim to accomplish with Chinese medicine, to reduce the symptom of pain, and also to increase the health of the muscles, bones, and connective tissue.  Our aim is always to remove any obstruction to circulation, and encourage the body to heal itself.  We use techniques like acupuncture, moxabustion, heat lamps, cupping, and massage to accomplish this.

Acupuncture needles are used a few different ways.  One way is to release trigger points and muscle motor points.  We stimulate the muscle in a specific area that helps to release it from a tight, contracted state.  We also use the needle to release bound up fascia and connective tissue.  This allows fresh, healing blood flow to reach the muscles and heal them.  There are also subtle electrical signals that travel through these tissues.  After an injury, these jumbled fibers can’t transmit necessary information, which decreases the body’s ability to heal.  Acupuncture “unjumbles” these fibers and allows the signals to travel through the body in a healthy way.  (3)

Heat therapies like moxabustion and TDP heat lamps are used to relax muscles and increase blood flow.  In Chinese medicine, we usually use heat to treat pain, since our goal is to increase circulation.  However, if there is redness, swelling, and inflammation, we use cooling, anti-inflammatory herbal liniments.  These herbs reduce inflammation and regulate blood flow, instead of congealing it with ice.

Massage techniques such as tui na (a rigorous Chinese massage style), cupping, and gua sha are also used.  These techniques draw old, congested blood and metabolic waste out of the tissues, and allow new circulation to permeate and heal the tissues.

Conditions We Commonly See

Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek complimentary treatments like acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic.  It’s often due to a desk job, an old sports injury, or even herniated disks.  No matter the cause, acupuncture is an excellent therapy to relieve back pain, and relax and strengthen the back to prevent future injuries. Read More

Hip Pain, Sciatica, and Piriformis Syndrome

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have proven to be effective for many people who suffer from sciatica. This condition, which is characterized by nervy and gnawing pain that radiates from the low back down one or both legs, can be debilitating and frustrating. Many patients have tried conventional therapies such as pain medications, physical therapy, and chiropractic but still struggle with the condition.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

The neck and shoulder area is a common place that people hold tension.  Many people also have developed bad postural habits, due to driving and desk jobs, that adds strain to the neck.  Some people also have had whiplash injuries that cause persistant pain, even years later.  The good news is that acupuncture can help release tension and unwind this over strained musculature.

Tennis Elbow

Repetitive use injuries are common in joints like the elbow.  Using acupuncture, massage techniques, and herbal liniments, we can sooth the inflammation, and release the tension from the overworked muscles.  This allows the muscles to relax and lengthen, and take the pull out of the tendons, which allows them heal.

Knee Pain

Knee pain can be a result of imbalanced musculature, tendinitis, or arthritis.  Our holistic approach considers the various pathways that run through the knee.  By treatment the knee this way, we can benefit the structural alignment and balance of the whole body, which will provide symptomatic as well as long term healing and pain relief.

References:

  1. “Acupuncture Actually Works for Neck Pain, Study Says”  http://time.com/4097083/acupuncture-neck-pain/
  2. “The Point about Acupuncture: It Works” http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/11/02/the-point-about-acupuncture-it-works
  3. “Relationship of acupuncture points and meridians to connective tissue planes” Helene M. Langevin, and Jason A. Yandow. The Anatomical Record. Volume 269, Issue 6, pages 257–265, 15 December 2002. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ar.10185/full

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