The musculoskeletal system supports the body, allows motion, and protects the vital organs. It is made up of the body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints, ligaments and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together.
Everyone has experienced musculoskeletal injury or pain at some point, ranging from overdoing it at the gym to the random back spasm to the chronic pain of arthritis. Regardless of the type of pain, acupuncture is a very effective form of treatment. Some of the symptoms and conditions we treat include:
back pain ∙ neck pain ∙ knee pain ∙ muscle (myofascial) pain ∙ elbow pain (tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow) ∙ carpal tunnel and other repetitive stress injuries ∙ arthritis ∙ sciatica – herniated discs- shoulder pain- frozen shoulder- TMJ- Herpes Zoster- neuroma- foot pain-neuropathies-
Acupuncture works by changing the flow of Qi (vital life-force) through the body. Qi flows along meridians that cover the entire body. When Qi cannot flow smoothly we experience pain.
When someone comes to our office with a musculoskeletal injury or pain we evaluate where the Qi is stuck and then use acupuncture to release it so it is able to move freely again. From a biomedical perspective, we are also releasing muscle spasms and encouraging blood to flow to the affected tissues to promote healing. Acupuncture also causes the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters to stop or block pain signals. In other words, acupuncture has both a local effect, at the site of pain and a systemic effect involving the brain.
The type of pain problem will dictate the type of acupuncture treatment, whether points local to or far from the pain are chosen. We also employ heat lamp therapy, cupping, and moxibustion when applicable. After most musculoskeletal pain treatments, a therapeutic massage is given. We believe that massage therapy reinforces the acupuncture treatment and improves results.
Allergies and Autoimmune Disorders ∙ Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia ∙ Chronic Headaches and Migraines ∙ Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture ∙ Gastrointestinal Disorders ∙ Gynecology and Infertility ∙ Musculoskeleteal and Back Pain