Last Updated on October 29, 2021
Acupuncture is an effective modality for the treatment of pain and painful conditions. Here at Inner Gate Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon, we have seen acupuncture effectively treat a great many chronic and acute pain conditions.
Five ways that acupuncture treats pain:
• Breaks up scar tissue
• Promotes blood circulation
• Stimulates the immune system
• Relaxes muscles and tendons
• Produces endorphins, natural pain killers
Acupuncture for pain management has been used for centuries. Acupuncture treats the whole body, relieving pain and helping tissue recover so that pain doesn’t return. This results in a stronger body more resistant to future injuries. The relaxing effects of acupuncture also stimulate the immune system, further speeding recovery.
Acupuncture helps relieve pain through several different mechanisms. Acupuncture needles promote blood circulation, which stimulates tissue regeneration. This results in an expedited recovery. Acupuncture also triggers the nervous system, interrupting the pain pathways and stopping the inflammation cascade that sends out pain signals.
Pain syndromes acupuncture treats:
• Sciatica, back pain, knee pain, hip pain, sprains, strains
• Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpel tunnel syndrome
• Neck pain, whiplash, headaches and migraine headaches
• Arthritis, fibromyalgia, PMS pain, post surgical pain
Acupuncture is a very effective modality for chronic pain. It helps break up scar tissue and adhesions, reduces pain and restores normal functionality and range of motion to joints and muscles. By increasing blood circulation and relaxing muscles and tendons, acupuncture can resolve long-standing chronic pain conditions.
Acupuncture is also a great option for acute pain and recent injuries. By decreasing local swelling and promoting circulation, immune cells vital for cleaning up damage and repairing tissue can quickly infiltrate the injured area and stimulate healing.
Back pain and neck pain are common complaints that we see here at Inner Gate Acupuncture. Back and neck pain can be either chronic or acute. They can be the result of sprains, hernias, degeneration and/or muscle spasms. Your acupuncturist has many options for these types of pain. They may combine cupping, moxa or tuina massage with the acupuncture treatment. Often corrective exercises are also given to strengthen the body and promote healthy muscle memory.