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Published on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 06:02:32 PM

Pain

Published on Saturday, February 20th, 2021 06:02:32 PM


Acute or chronic, pain is pain. It is your pain, no one else understands your pain, or your response to pain. How does acupuncture treat pain? Individually. Specifically. Locally & distally. Stimulation, massage, laser, cupping, guasha, kinesio-taping are all adjuncts that support acupuncture for pain modification 


Neuropathic pain manifests from damage to the nerves or parts of the nervous system. It is often described as shooting, stabbing, burning or may feel like pins and needles. Associated with chronic pain, sensitivity to hot & cold, pressure & movement can make daily tasks difficult. It may be intermittent (meaning it comes and goes), and it can be so severe that it makes performing everyday tasks difficult

 

Nociceptive pain often manifests from an external injury, damage to body tissue. Described as sharp, achy, or throbbing pain this type of pain is often experienced in the joints, muscles, skin, tendons, and bones. It can be both acute and chronic


Radicular pain manifests when the spinal nerve gets compressed or inflamed. Tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness are present. Sciatica is an example of radiculopathy. This type of pain is often steady & radiates to other areas/extremities


From a TCM perspective, there is an obstruction to energy movement related to heat or cold, deficiency or excess, blockage & stagnation or disharmony of Yin & Yang, Qi & Blood. Acupuncture & its adjuncts are utilized according to what the muscle feels like during assessment. For example, pain with a negative response to pressure and massage is seen as an excessive pattern diagnosis whereas the positive response to pressure & massage is seen as a deficiency pattern. Acupuncture treatments that disperse, tonify & reduce energy using a pattern diagnosis, enhances endogenous opiates, such as dynorphin, endorphin, encephalin, and release corticosteroids, relieving pain & creates an environment of healing & long lasting relief


For a sample acupuncture protocol highlight & right click

https://theory.yinyanghouse.com/treatments/acupuncture_for_neck_pain


For a look at the physiological response to pain with acupuncture highlight & right click
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00424-011-1017-3