TCM assesses the symptoms to find the cause. E.g., whether the pain is worse in cold, wet or windy weather; worse after activity or rest, whether recent or long term, and is treated accordingly. E.g. a warming technique called moxa – where a cylinder of compressed herbs is ignited and held over the site -is used for cold affected pain. A gentle electric current may be used to strengthen the effect of the needles. Certain points that are not located near the site of pain are known to be beneficial such as ‘the master point of tendon/muscle problems’ is also used. Generally needles are inserted in the local area and also at a distal point on the same meridian.
Pain can be a result of stagnation, which means that your energy is not flowing correctly (a pinched nerve).Thus some areas are flooded with excess energy creating painful pressure, while other areas may be deprived of energy, causing weakness. Acupuncture removes the obstruction so that the energy can begin flowing correctly and then the pain goes away.
I firstly treat the painful area to give quick symptom relief, through some massage then acupuncture to treat the underlying imbalances that led to the pain, and finally provide lifestyle advice mentioned before, to prevent reoccurrence.
If this is something that’s causing you a problem at the moment, call us to talk about how we can help prevent your pain disrupting your life further.