The Muscles and the Skeletal System
Issues with the musculoskeletal system are some of the most commonly seen complaints in clinic. There may be pain, inflammation, dysfunction, bruising and muscle tears, broken bones, strains and sprains, joint pain, acute or chronic injuries and any combination of these problems. This is where acupuncture and other physical manipulation tools such as cupping, scraping, massage and moxa can be incredibly useful. They have the potential to be beneficial with very few side effects, they are gentle and work with the body’s own healing systems and may be effective in a relatively short time.
Acupuncture for Pain
Acupuncture is a time honoured 3000-year- old medicine that is highly beneficial and low-risk. It is helfpul for many conditions, such as boosing immunity, treating digestive issues, improving women’s health or reducing stress. But it’s commonly known for addressing pain effectively.
How Does Acupuncture Treat Pain?
Chinese Medicine essentially looks at pain as a blockage. Where you have blockage or stagnation,
you have pain. Your practitioner might say that your Qi is stuck (pronounced ‘chee’, this can be
interpreted as the energy that runs through your body). They will then insert several very fine, sterile
needles into points on the body and leave them there for roughly 20-30mins. Often the needles can
be distant from the problem area. The reason being that acupuncture works holistically, i.e. it assists
the body to heal itself by working on the person treating the root of the problem and not just the
symptoms. Inserting needles into these points helps to move the stagnation and allow blood to flow
again, relaxing tight muscles and allowing freer movement in the area.
Acupuncture may be a great option in assisting with some of the following conditions that we see in clinic everyday:
- Back & Neck Pain
- Broken bones
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee & ankle pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports injuries
- Tennis & golfer elbow