Pain can occur everywhere and is described as an unpleasant physical or emotional sensation or feeling within or around the body.
Often it is described as sharp, severe, aching, intense, throbbing, dull, burning, heavy, or irritating and can range from mildly uncomfortable to completely disabling.
Pain can be acute, chronic or neuropathic and caused by a variety of conditions including but limited to: trauma, injury, illness, disease, infection, inflammation, degeneration, wear and tear, surgery, headache, migraine, stress and strain, dietary inadequacies and underlying health conditions.
Many investigations are used to determine the TCM diagnosis such as tongue and pulse. These are very important and assist with the development of the correct treatment plan.
Needle fear is common, especially for those patients who have never had Acupuncture previously. Remember these special needles a very fine and generally any discomfort felt settles very quickly. The Acupuncturist understands, is very empathetic and may include other treatment options to reduce the number of needles.
Different Chinese Medicine treatment techniques may be applied to help relieve the intensity associated with pain.
Acupuncture, Electro-Acupuncture, Tui Na and Moxibustion may be applied to areas around the body to assist with the local movement of Qi and Blood, help relax muscles, stimulate the Acupoints, create microtears or stimulate trigger or motor points of muscles to assist in the reduction of pain around various regions of the body.
Please keep in mind this is only a guide line and treatment programs are subject to the individual’s symptoms, condition, progression, age and Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis.
Always consult your doctor first if there is any trauma, break, dislocation, deformity, growth or severe, acute/ chronic pain anywhere around your body.
The lower back comprises of 5 lumbar vertebrae with intervertebral discs, sacrum and coccyx bones, ligaments which hold the vertebrae in place and tendons which connect muscle to bone.
Muscles include extensors, flexors and oblique muscles which support the trunk, help with movements and hold the body upright.
Lumbar and sacral pain are common problems and can occur at any age.
Shoulder joints are the meeting point of three bones, the humerus, clavicle and scapula.
The joint is a combination of strong bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and is designed to be incredibly flexible.
Unfortunately, it also is a common area where pain is felt.
Knee joint is classified as a synovial hinge joint allowing mainly extension and flexion movements such as walking, running and standing.
The bones involved are the tibia, femur and patella while important ligaments join the bones and stabilise the knee.
Two types of cartilage, meniscus and articular, reduce the force and friction allowing for smooth movements to occur.
Other important structures include tendons, bursa and joint capsule to aid in the proper functioning of the joint.
Injury or degeneration of the knee is a very common problem often leading to surgical interventions to reduce pain or increase mobility.
Migraines are headaches that typically last from 4-72 hours and you may experience nausea and vomiting as well as sensitivity to light or sound.
Migraine sufferers frequently report throbbing pain that worsens with normal activity.
The symptoms of migraines usually consist of visual disturbances such as flashing lights, or changes in smell or perception.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is very common. It can cause severe pain in the wrist, arm and hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling, weakness and other problems due to the pressure on the median nerve from the tendons, inflammation or other conditions which make the tunnel smaller. Surgery is often needed to help correct the problem. Acupuncture may be useful to decrease and manage pain the experienced.
Depending on the cause, problem and pain location Acupuncture and other Chinese Medicine treatment strategies may help reduce the severity of pain by assisting the free flow of Qi and Blood to the problem area.
Often patients experience lessening of bruising, reduction in swelling and inflammation and increase range of motion.
Acupuncture can be applied directly to the affected area or distal points around the body to assist with the healing process.
Treatments can also be applied as an adjunct strategy after surgical intervention in the recovery phase when patients are needing to focus on joint mobility and movements thus possibly shortening recovery times.
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