Treatment for chronic and acute pain is the number one reason people seek acupuncture therapy. Headaches, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and arthritic pain are very successfully treated with acupuncture. Often, relief is generated within a few minutes of placing the needles on the body. Patients are often startled by how quickly their symptoms respond to the treatment. Depending on the severity and longevity of the symptom, follow-up visits will be necessary to keep the pain from coming back. One month of treatment is often enough to take severe pain down to a manageable level, and acute pain to diminish significantly or disappear entirely. Each case is individually differentiated by your practitioner to understand how long your condition may take to treat, and what you can expect from each treatment.
Treating back pain using acupuncture points on the hand
Our clinic utilizes a sophisticated method for treating pain called the Balance Method. This allows us to stimulate acupuncture points on different areas of the body than where the pain is located. For instance, back pain may be treated by placing needles in acupuncture points on the back of the hand, as seen in the photo. Shoulder pain may be treated by needling near the knee, and headaches can be treated using points on the feet. This method allows us to affect the pain without any chance of aggravating it. As each case is individually analyzed, your practitioner may determine in some cases that treatment at the site of the pain is indicated.
In the case of arthritic pain, even when the cartilage is gone or greatly reduced and bones are pressed up against one another, there can be a degree of relief from acupuncture treatment due to its ability to reduce inflammation in the body. The degree to which inflammation in the surrounding tissue may be contributing to bones pressing against nerves or against other bones is the degree to which acupuncture can reduce the pain even when cartilage is compromised.. This can help reduce the amount of pain medication needed to control the pain.
In cases of acute pain, such as from an injury, acupuncture therapy can quickly restore range of motion (e.g., frozen shoulder) and reduce pain and inflammation so that the body can heal quickly.