Acute and Chronic Pain and TCM Treatment
If you’ve been suffering with pain, then you know first-hand, the toll it can take on your self-esteem, health and fitness, job, family life and relationships. You’re probably feeling frustrated because you were once functioning just fine and now you’re limited. You want to feel and function better, as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the help we receive when we visit our primary doctor is often minimal and fails to get to the root of the problem.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches the treatment of painful conditions in an entirely different way. TCM recognizes that there are many subtleties to the types of pain we experience and many reasons why our bodies are unable to heal themselves. Masking the symptoms is not enough. The pain will never truly go away until your muscles are healed and the underlying factor impairing the body’s natural ability to heal is removed. This type of targeted and supportive care requires a very sophisticated system of diagnosis and specific treatment.
TCM differentiates pain according to where in the body it is located, what type of pain is felt (dull, sharp, shooting, etc), what factors make it better or worse, and according to other imbalances in your body. Through this very specific classification of the painful condition, targeted and supportive care can be prescribed. The result is an individualized treatment plan for each patient that often leads to dramatic and rapid reductions in your pain.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you most likely have been trying to get better for a while and aren’t there yet. You might also be suffering from high stress levels, anxiety and depression, and understandably so. If you’re taking pain meds, then you are possibly dealing with the constipation or digestive issues and other effects that come from taking pain medications.
For 15 years, I’ve been helping people to reduce or get out of pain by doing a combination of:
- Pain reduction treatments and therapies
- Rehab exercises
- Stress management
- Herbal medicine
- Dietary modifications
My approach is to be aggressive with frequent treatments in the beginning in order to effect change and eliminate your pain. Most of my patients see results within a few treatments and depending on the injury, pain is greatly reduced or gone within 5-8 treatments.
Painful conditions that often respond well to TCM/Acupuncture:
- Low back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Athletic injuries
- Headaches and migraines
- Knee pain
- Ankle sprains/strains
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Menstrual Pain