Using Acupuncture for Pain Relief
Acupuncture is widely used and recommended in the management of pain, regardless of its origin. We see many patients for pain management including pain due to sports injury. In most cases we see, the pain is reduced or completely eliminated during the first few treatments. Acupuncture is a therapy, however, and follow up visits are essential to provide permanent pain relief.
Dry needling is an acupuncture procedure developed by acupuncturists over 3,000 years ago. Called ashi needling, it is the practice of needling into tender or trigger points in muscles, working on hyper-irritated tissue. Non-acupuncturists have coined the term “dry needling” but use acupuncture needles to attempt the same procedure. And we think its great to incorporate acupuncture into other treatments, with ONE exception! Non-acupuncturists need to be better trained and certified in order to be safe to the public. Many physical therapists have had only weekend coursework while even surgeons must have 200 extra hours of training in order to use acupuncture needles. Acupuncturists have thousands of hours of training and clinical work. Acupuncturists are the experts! For your safety, please make sure that practitioners who are handling acupuncture needles are actually trained in acupuncture. And, as a bonus, only acupuncturists are allowed to use needles to treat you for other ailments at the same time you receive dry needling for your pain.
Here are common pain conditions which benefit from acupuncture treatment:
- Chronic and Acute Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Low Back Pain
- Shoulder and Neck Pain
- Leg Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Arthritis/ Fibromyalgia