Treating Pain & Injuries with Acupuncture
Over the past several decades acupuncture has gained substantial recognition and much earned respect for the treatment of pain and sports injuries. In the media it is now common to hear celebrities and professional athletes share their experience of how acupuncture helped them heal form their injuries or an illness. Many insurance companies now integrate acupuncture coverage as part of their Complementary Alternative Medicine care plans.
How Does Acupuncture Relieve Pain?
Over the years western medical science has shown that acupuncture stimulates a variety of biological systems in the muscles, immune, nervous and endocrine systems, and causes the release of the body’s own pain killing endorphins that block pain receptors in the brain. It has also been proven to release anti-inflammatory chemicals, relax tight and injured myofibrils, muscle cells, and improve the circulation of blood to promote faster healing of injured tissue.
Orthopedic Acupuncture for Injuries and Sports Medicine
Orthopedic acupuncture integrates the fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with the orthopedic structural and biomechanical assessments used in orthopedic medicine. It is highly effective in the treatment of many conditions including sports and other injuries, repetitive motion injuries, auto accidents, and degenerative conditions. By combining the best of east and west we are able to develop a more accurate and complete diagnosis of the condition as well as identify causative factors and obstacles to removing pain and improving function.
The practitioner of orthopedic acupuncture uses the principles of Chinese medicine to diagnose and treat the stagnation and obstruction of the flow of chi and blood, which can predispose a patient to pain and injury and inhibit the healing process. The addition of orthopedic evaluations and biomechanical testing provides a complementary system of diagnosis in order to obtain a more complete analysis of the patient’s condition. These assessments include joint range of motion, postural evaluation, and individual muscle tests that reveal specific information regarding muscle weakness and shortening, nerve impingement, and postural imbalances that predisposes a person to the development of acute and chronic injuries. Many patients experience a significant reduction in pain and inflammation, increased flexibility, and improved health and performance in a relatively shorter period of time from the techniques of orthopedic acupuncture. It also can greatly reduce the risk of re-injury by addressing the predisposing structural imbalances.
Why Choose Amarkaur for Pain & Injuries
Pain can drag us down, lower our energy, and reduce the quality of our lives. I have studied the various styles of Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, and have integrated these with a new technique called Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Acupuncture for the treatment of pain and injuries. I believe this approach combines the best of “East and West”, and offers the greatest results when it comes to the treatment of pain and injuries. By integrating the bio-mechanics and assessments used in orthopedic medicine I can specifically identify additional causative factors and obstacles to removing pain and improving function. When these techniques are combined with specialized acupuncture techniques patients report significant reduction in their pain, improved haling response, with greater flexibility, range of motion and performance.
The Importance of Preventive Treatment
Preventive treatment can be as important as regular training and exercise in maintaining physical health and performance. Small problems, if ignored, can become large problems that don’t resolve on their own, and lead to significant pain and diminish function. Orthopedic acupuncture is effective at improving general health and reducing the occurrence of acute and chronic illness and injury.
Examples of Musculoskeletal Conditions Treated
This is not a comprehensive list, only examples. Please contact us if you want to know if orthopedic acupuncture can be helpful for your condition.
- Joint & Muscle Strains & Sprains
- Headaches including migraine
- Jaw & Neck pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Rotator Cuff
- Back Pain & Sacroiliac Pain
- Elbow Pain – Golfers Elbow and Tennis Elbow
- Wrist Pain & Carpal Tunnel
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Leg & Knee Pain
- Meniscus Tears
- Hip & Groin Pain
- DeQuervains Syndrome (thumb pain)
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Post-Surgical Pain
- Ankle Pain & Sprain
- Bulging/Herniated Disc