Acupuncture is commonly utilized in the intervention of pain and has also been gaining popularity in musculoskeletal injuries. Many professional sports teams have acupuncturists on staff to decrease healing times and resolve stubborn ailments. The use of acupuncture to treat acute injuries from intense or repetitive physical activity began centuries ago. Injuries can be caused by trauma from sudden impact, or can develop over time often due to continual use of the same joints or muscle groups. Depending on each individual and the severity of the injury but generally, patients either report pain, limitation of movement or weakness at the injury site
If you are sick of being in pain and hate taking pain killers, regardless it is acute of chronic pain, try Acupuncture now as it can help:
Can relieve pain immediately
Shorten the recovery time
Natural without bad side effect
No exercise required which might aggravate the pain
Holistic and suitable for age & health conditions
Technically Acupuncture can treat any of the body pains or injuries, however the below listed are the common musculoskeletal injuries/ pain being treated in my clinic:
Frequently asked questions
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of the Chinese Traditional Medicine. It is an ancient system of healing and has been continuously refined during its 4500 year history. Today it is widely practiced in the West. The popularity is growing over the time. In New Zealand, ACC spent $24 million on acupuncture in 2014 compared to $4.4m in the past decade.
What is Musculoskeletal injuries (MI)?
MI involve damages of muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, nerves and other soft tissues. The injuries have two general types. The first type is called acute traumatic injury causes muscles spasm, swelling, and intense pain. The second type of injury is called chronic injury which happens over a period of time usually result of repetitive of the same movements and cause injuries. The pain is usually dull and may affect range of movement such as frozen shoulder.
What Acupuncture can do?
Anti-inflammatory agents such as Ibuprofen are commonly used to manage pain and inflammation related to musculoskeletal disorders. The concern is that in trying to control swelling with drugs, we may actually impede the bodies' natural response to heal. There are also potential side effects that can occur from anti-inflammatory agents such as stomach ulcer, kidney failure and increase risk of heart attack.
Acupuncture is a natural remedy that can reduce inflammation and therefore relieve pain successfully. More importantly, acupuncture helps facilitate recovery by accessing energy pathways called meridians. The placement of the acupuncture needles on these pathways improves energy flow, which speeds healing.
Acupuncture is also a great treatment for chronic injuries like tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis. The treatment principle is more holistic and individualized; the approach of treatment is to restore energy in order to support healing, therefore great method for weak people or elderly.
How many treatments?
The number of treatments can vary: 3 to 6 treatments for acute conditions; usually 10 or more treatments for chronic conditions. In short, the sooner you have the treatment, the less treatment you need. If you are covered by ACC, in general 10 to 16 treatments are given depends on your GP diagnosis.