Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain:

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical practice that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow or “qi” along meridian channels. While the exact mechanisms of how acupuncture works are not fully understood in Western medicine, several theories explain how it can relieve shoulder pain:

  • Endorphin release: Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers. These endorphins help reduce pain perception and promote a sense of well-being.
  • Nervous system modulation: Acupuncture affects the central nervous system, influencing the transmission of pain signals and promoting relaxation. By stimulating specific points, acupuncture activates neural pathways that alter pain perception and reduce sensitivity.
  • Anti-inflammatory effects: Some studies that acupuncture has anti-inflammatory effects that can benefit conditions causing shoulder pain, such as tendinitis or bursitis.
  • Improved blood circulation: Acupuncture improves blood flow to the affected area, promotes healing and reduces pain associated with restricted circulation.
  • Muscle relaxation: The insertion of acupuncture needles affects muscle fibers and causes them to relax. This can alleviate tension and muscle spasms in the shoulder region.
  • Releasing trigger points: Acupuncture targets trigger points, which are hyper-irritable spots in muscles that cause referred pain. By releasing these trigger points, acupuncture alleviates the associated shoulder pain.

It’s important to note that while acupuncture has shown promising results for some individuals in managing shoulder pain, its effectiveness can vary from person to person. If you are considering acupuncture for shoulder pain, it’s important to consult with a licensed acupuncturist to discuss your specific situation.

Given that there are virtually no harmful side effects resulting from acupuncture for pain by a Licensed Acupuncturist (except for rare instances of bruising or a few drops of blood with needle withdrawal), acupuncture should be at the top of the list of things to try if you are experiencing pain and don’t have an immediate need for surgery. Click her to learn more about how acupuncture works.

This is in stark contrast to the use of pharmaceutical drugs, which surprisingly for some, have made Adverse Drug Reactions the 4th leading cause of death in the United States!

While we do occasionally hit it out of the park on the first try and patients’ pain is gone, in fairness it is best to try a series of 3-6 sessions to see how well acupuncture for pain can help, and especially before you do drugs or surgery. (However acupuncture also complements conventional medical treatments because it helps the body to heal). Here is a large meta-study on the effectiveness of acupuncture.

Keep in mind that there are stages of healing and treatment: Stage 1 deals with putting out the fire and getting rid of aches and pains. Stage 2 involves treating the underlying conditions that allowed the aches and pains to develop. And Stage 3 is a maintenance program for those who would like to be proactive and prevent the imbalances and resulting symptoms from returning.

As every journey begins with the first step, schedule an appointment for acupuncture for pain with the link below:

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