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Pain Management

Acupuncture

Acupuncture Treatment is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world today, dating back over 4,000 years. Acupuncture balances the body for optimal health by stimulating specific locations, or points, in the body with acupuncture needles, acupressure, heat, or electricity. The locations of these points lie along pathways, called meridians. Current research shows evidence of acupuncture decreasing pain, reducing inflammation, calming nerves, aiding digestion, improving sleep, preventing nausea, strengthening the immune system and much more. Acupuncture is effective as a wellness and preventive medicine, and for both acute and chronic conditions.

Acupuncture is especially helpful in treating chronic knee pain, back pain, carpal tunnel and arthritis. Affinity Acupuncture will develop a personal plan to treat your symptoms, incorporating acupuncture and other treatment options to help restore your body to optimal health.

 

Trigger point dry needling is considered a form of acupuncture which focuses on needling trigger points in the body rather than meridian points. TDN is often used for neuromuscular skeletal conditions, such as repetitive stress injuries, neck pain, headaches, muscle tendonitis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, muscle strains, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff impingement, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

Following a personal and confidential consultation, your acupuncturist will create a customized plan to assist in achieving your personal healthcare goals.

During the acupuncture session, extremely fine, sterile, single-use disposable acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points on the body according to the client’s individual presentation. It is common for clients to experience a feeling of general warmth or a tingling sensation during the treatment.

While treatment times vary according to each individual’s needs, a typical session lasts approximately 25 minutes. While many clients experience quick relief from acupuncture, the therapy is best used in a series of treatments to relieve acute and chronic conditions, correct imbalances, and maintain optimal health. As health improves, fewer visits are necessary.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proven through controlled clinical trials to be an effective treatment include: (This list also includes other common diseases, symptoms, and conditions for which acupuncture has been shown effective but further study is currently being done)

Abdominal Pain

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy

Biliary colic

Cancer pain

Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation

Cholelithiasis

Craniocerebral injury, closed

Earache

Epigastralgia, acute

Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection

Facial pain

Facial spasm

Fibromyalgia and fasciitis

Gouty arthritis

Knee pain

Low back pain

Neck pain

Neuralgia, post-herpetic

Osteoarthritis

Pain due to endoscopic examination

Pain in dentistry

Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans

Periarthritis of shoulder

Postextubation in children

Postoperative convalescence

Postoperative pain

Prostatitis, chronic

Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Renal colic

Retention of urine, traumatic

Rheumatoid arthritis

Sciatica

Spine pain, acute Stiff neck

Sprain

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Tennis Elbow

Tietze syndrome

Urolithiasis Vascular dementia

Please visit the WHO website for the complete list: http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf

The National Institutes of Health have also compiled their own data and issued a consensus statement regarding the benefits of acupuncture therapy on numerous conditions and symptoms. These include postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, nausea of pregnancy, and postoperative dental pain, addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia (general muscle pain), low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.

Where Does It Hurt?

Head, Neck, Shoulders

  • Tension Headaches
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder

Joints

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Knee Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Shoulder Pain

Muscles, Tissues, Nerves

  • Lower Back Pain

  • Heel and Foot Pain

  • Sciatic Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Neuropathy

  • Fibromyalgia

How We Can Help You?

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine focus on getting to the root cause of the problems, treating the symptoms as well as underlying conditions. William has extensive training in needling techniques that help with pain reduction including Traditional Acupuncture, Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Acupuncture, and Trigger Point Therapy/ Dry Needling. As supportive therapies, he may also incorporate Cupping therapy, Electrical stimulation, Gua Sha, Tui Na, and TDP heat therapy in your personalized treatment plan.