Specialty Pain Management Program
Pain has a profound impact on quality of life. There is usually an underlying root cause that manifest as physical pain in the body. We employ a patient-centered integrative treatment approach, combining Chinese medicine techniques along with innovative methods. Our practitioners will work with you and your personal health needs. Through differential diagnosis they will design a customized treatment plan to support the process of your healing journey back to normal function and the dis-ease of pain .
Common Complaints Related to Pain
Lower back pain
What's in our tool kit?
Sande Electromagnetic Cupping & Probe
Combining the Chinese medicine modalities of acupuncture, cupping, electromagnetic therapy, tuina (therapeutic massage) and Sande Electromagnetic appliances provide a non-invasive and effective way of treating acute and chronic pain.
Pain manifest in the body when there stagnation and lack of free flow of qi and blood. Sande Electromagnetic appliances achieve pain relief by generating low frequency electromagnetic waves to improve local blood and Qi circulation and unblock stagnation by stimulating muscles and nerves. By placing the treatment cups on acupuncture points along the meridians, the electromagnetic energy works its way through the skin and into the muscles and slowly into the meridians promoting the free flow circulation of Qi and blood. As the electromagnetic waves unblock the local stagnation, vital energy is also introduced into the body to restore yin yang balance, improve function/range of motion, and support conditions for a robust immune system.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific areas. The stimulation of the needles activate the body's innate self-corrective healing abilities. Acupuncture point prescription based on differential diagnoses improves the flow of Qi (vital energy) by balancing the Yin and Yang energies in the body, a paradigm of health and disease that maps very closely to the Western concept of homeostasis. The stimulation of specific points on the body with heat, pressure, or very fine needles, our acupuncture practitioners are able to restore healthy function, thus resolving symptoms and reversing disease.
Studies suggest that acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s natural painkillers and affect areas in the brain involved in pain relief and reduction of inflammation as well as releasing neurotransmitters that create a feeling of relaxation and well-being. The autonomic nervous system theory says acupuncture stimulates the release of norepinephrine, acetylcholine and several types of opioids, affecting changes in the autonomic nervous system to help reduce and ease pain. Acupuncture has been demonstrated to regulate and improve the function of all of these components, which are so integral to health. In essence, acupuncture seems to “grease the wheels” of the dynamics of body/mind self-regulating functions.
Chinese herbal formulas are powerful yet gentle treatments that offer our patients natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals. Our Chinese herbal formulas are modified based on individual differential diagnosis and target the underlying conditions that manifest as physical symptoms. Once the underlying root condition is treated the symptoms will be relieved.
During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This can relieve muscle tension improving overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It can also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. Cupping has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be particularly effective at easing conditions that create muscle aches and pains. Since the cups can also be applied to major acupressure points, it can also treat digestive issues, skin issues, and other conditions commonly treated with acupressure.
Gua sha is a tool assisted soft tissue mobilization technique that applies even pressure by using one-directional strokes upon the skin. The word “gua sha” refers to the red spot that appears on the skin when a blunt tool is used to push or scrape the skin, increasing the blood flow to facilitate the supply of blood and oxygen to the soft tissues to relieve pain and tension. This action causes petechiae or sha (red or purple spots) to appear. This method relieves myofascial restrictions, adhesions, scar tissue, stiff muscle tension, lower blood pressure and fevers, expel excess heat in the body from a heat stroke.
Gua sha does not cause bruising. The red marks (petechiae) seen after a gua sha treatment will fade away on its on within a couple days. The 'sha' indicates the presence of blood stasis/stagnation due to poor blood circulation that can manifest as fixed, persistent, stabbing and recurring pain; gua sha will cause the cells to go 'outside' the vessels, but they will immediately begin to be reabsorbed. This process releases pain, enhances blood flow and improves function of the nervous system.