Pain

Natural Pain Relief Treatment with Acupuncture

200610_accupuncture00-300x214Looking for natural alternatives for pain relief? Acupuncture treatment stops pain fast – often in just a few visits. In fact, pain relief is one of my specialties! My patients report significant changes in their pain levels within their first 5 acupuncture treatments.

Pain – Second only to the Common Cold!

Sometimes it seems that every commercial on the TV or radio is for pain relief. Advertisements for heel inserts for foot pain, special beds for back pain, arthritis creams for joint pain, and pills for sinus headaches are just a few of a long list of pain relief products.

A lot of people are searching for pain relief!  In fact, pain is so common the website eMedicine Health mentions that low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work!

Does Acupuncture Really Provide Pain Relief?

The answer is yes! Whether you have back pain, joint pain, headaches, or TMJ — acupuncture gets results fast! I’ve successfully treated everything from frozen shoulder and rotator cuff injury to pain from knee replacements, hip replacements, and good old garden variety low back pain and sciatica. I’ve used acupuncture to literally treat every single type of pain I have listed on our ‘Treatments‘ page!

I’ve studied and practiced advanced acupuncture techniques that provide long lasting pain relief in less time with a high success rate for most types of pain. Since 1994 I’ve been offering pain relief solutions that work. My extensive experience and education have led to a streamlined acupuncture practice focused on helping you feel better fast!

How Does Acupuncture Work to Stop Pain?

free-flow-painAcupuncture clears blockage in the meridians. Meridians are channels that carry energy and blood flow to the muscles, joints, tendons, and bones. Blockage in the acupuncture channels is responsible for any pain along the meridian pathway.  For example: there is an acupuncture meridian called the UB channel. It is the longest channel in the body and travels through the back of your neck,  your entire back, your low back, and down into your leg. If this channel becomes blocked, you will most likely experience pain in one of these areas.

There is a Chinese saying translated to English which states: No free flow = pain, free flow = no pain.

The garden hose illustration pictured here is a perfect example of how blocked meridians cause problems in the body. If a hose can’t carry water to water a plant, the plant suffers due to lack of water flow. Similarly, in your body, the area that is not getting sufficient flow suffers damage.

Acupuncture restores free flow by removing blocks that are disrupting the meridians flowing through the areas of pain

How Many Treatments Does it Take?

Most people who come to my office for pain relief report improved pain levels within their first 5 treatments. Often people will see some type of change in the 1st visit! Chronic conditions can take more than 5 visits, while more recent pain can take less than 5. For more recent pain conditions 5-10 acupuncture treatments usually provides complete relief. People with ongoing severe pain or other chronic pain conditions require a 6-8 week treatment protocol consisting of up to 10-15 treatment for best results. Similar to physical therapy, a course of treatment requires several weeks in order to see results that last.

What Types of Pain Can Acupuncture Help?

All types of pain! Acupuncturists know that pain is due to blockages in the body. Acupuncture needles work to remove these blockages. Medical research shows that acupuncture stops pain by stimulating natural pain killers in the body called endorphins.

“Pain relief is one of the most frequent reasons that people visit my acupuncture office. And usually the most easily treated condition.”

Low back pain, sciatica, and knee pain are 3 of the most common types of pain I treat with acupuncture. Low back pain is usually muscular but I have also provided pain relief to those who have been diagnosed with stenosis, bulging discs, arthritis, and sciatica. Knee pain is often due to overuse but can be due to arthritic changes, meniscus injury, and knee replacements. The bottom line is: Acupuncture works fast!

Relief from neck pain and shoulder pain is the second most common complaint, especially for people whose jobs include prolonged sitting at the computer. Patients are amazed that this type of pain can actually go away and stay away.

Other common pain treatments at my office are:

  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • TMJ – Jaw Pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Plantar Fasciitis

And last but certainly not least, I successfully treat headache pain, including severe migraines, tension headaches, and sinus pain, all with only a few acupuncture needles.

Below you will find research relative to acupuncture and pain relief, and our patient testimonials. Our ‘We Treat’ section features condition-specific pages for more information on how acupuncture can help with your particular area of pain. Evidence continues to pile up in support of acupuncture as the alternative medicine of choice for fast, effective pain relief that lasts. We invite you to check out our blog articles on pain relief.

Pain Relief Research Studies

Acupuncture Changes Resting State in the Brain

MRI studies show that connections in the brain relating to the memory of pain are affected by stimulation of acupuncture needles.

Acupuncture Does Combat Pain

This research study found through MRI that the brain’s limbic system involved in the perception of pain is influenced by acupuncture.

Acupuncture Helps Osteoarthritis of the Knee

In the largest, longest, and most rigorous study of acupuncture ever conducted, acupuncture was found to reduce pain and improve function and movement among patients with osteoarthritis of the knee when used with other treatments.

Acupuncture Demonstrates 30% Pain Reduction

In a review of acupuncture research studies, people with pain from all types of conditions experienced an overall pain reduction of 30% compared with people receiving traditional treatment and pain medication.

Patient Reviews for Pain Relief

“Before coming to see Margaret, I had pulled a groin muscle and been in pain for over 6 months. I tried Tylenol, Aleve, Motrin, exercise, stretches, a heating pad, whirlpool, and deep tissue massage I talked my doctor and had a MRI. I was in so much pain I could barely sit, raise my leg, or get in or out of my car. At my first acupuncture treatment with Margaret I immediately noticed a change – the FIRST DAY! I could feel it work as soon as the needles were applied. I had less pain and could walk, sit and just move. I seemed to be able to walk straighter too. I highly recommend Margaret as an Acupuncturist. The treatments really work. I don’t fully understand it, but it works.”

Sara S. – West Chester, PAPulled Groin Muscle Pain Relief

“Competitive athlete and weightlifter; Hip impingement & tightness eased. I am a competitive Olympic lifter and have struggled with incredibly tight hip flexors for my entire life. This has led to a minor Femoral Acetabular Impingement. I am 23 and no amount of Yoga, massage, or PNF stretching has come close to giving me the results that one 1hr session of acupuncture with Margaret has accomplished. The primary results being increased ROM in hips, decreased time spent on warm-up prior to lifting, and increased athletic performance….its really good stuff.”

Anonymous (from Google Reviews)Competitive Olympic Lifter Finds Hip Relief