Most all of us, at one time or another, will experience physical pain from an injury, chronic stress or overuse of the body. From the Chinese Medicine perspective, we learn, "bu tong ze tong" ("不通则痛") which means, "when there is blockage, there is pain." That is to say, vibrant health arises from the smooth flow of energy (Qi), blood, and fluids throughout the body. The basic premise of Acupuncture is that the insertion of needles will dispel blockages and facilitate flow and function to organs, the deep and peripheral circulatory systems, the channels (or meridians) of the body, and the soft tissue.
In our clinic, we utilize not only acupuncture for pain relief and management, but also trusted allied modalities like cupping*, gua sha**, electro-stim and massage. We also consider dietary and lifestyle interventions as well as supplement and herbal remedies to quell inflammation and increase circulation to alleviate pain.
What is cupping?
Cupping is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to remove stagnation and stimulate the flow of qi (chi). A therapeutic cupping treatment involves warming and placing cups, usually made of glass, on the skin. By warming the air within the cup, a vacuum is created, and when it is applied to the skin, the tissue is drawn up into the cup. This practice increases blood flow, loosens connective tissue and stimulates healing.
Acupuncture for Pain
What is gua sha?
Gua sha is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy in which a smooth object is repeatedly scraped against the skin in order to increase blood circulation and release stagnant blood as well as toxins. It is known for providing relief of acute or chronic pains such as neck pain, back pain, or even muscle soreness and recovery from sports injuries.