Acupuncture is best known for providing pain relief. Pain is generally broken into two categories for treatment: acute and chronic. Acupuncture can help you find pain relief by doing the following:
- Reducing inflammation
- Improving blood flow to speed healing
- Relieving muscle spasms
- Improving mobility and restoring strength
- Releasing your beta-endorphins to reduce pain
Treatment of Acute Pain with Acupuncture
Acute pain often comes from some sort of accident or injury, is sudden in onset, and often includes some sort of redness, swelling, tenderness, and/or inability to use the affected area.
Pain Relief Acupuncture Portland area: Solstice Natural Health is a premier source for treatment of acute pain that is the result of:
- Motor Vehicle Accident
- Workplace accident
- Sports Injury
- Post-surgical Pain
- Pain related to Childbirth
Treatments for acute pain are often done close together, and may include exercise recommendations and instructions for the use of topical herbs and/or liniments. All treatment plans are custom and will be tailored to your needs. Insurance billing available.
Treatment of Chronic Pain with Acupuncture
Chronic pain is any pain that persists for weeks, months or even years. Chronic pain relates to injury (the injury heals but the pain persists), or it comes from a complex internal or even unknown source. In 1997 the National Institutes of Health officially recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment for pain.
For patients living in or near Portland, I commonly treat the following types of chronic pain with acupuncture:
- Headache and Migraine
- Carpal Tunnel
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Joint Pain
- TMJ Pain
- Painful Menses
- Nerve Pain
Treatment plans for chronic pain often include acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, mind-body therapy (such as meditation), and stretching exercises. I also refer to trusted chiropractors, physical therapists or DOs when necessary.
Many insurance plans cover acupuncture treatment for pain-related issues. We are happy to check your benefits on your behalf.