Acupuncture for Pain & Orthopedics in san francisco
Pain is a regular occurrence for many people but it does not have to be.
Acupuncture is a safe, natural and effective modality for treating acute and chronic pain due to traumatic injuries, repetitive stress injuries at work, or persistent lingering pain unresponsive to conventional treatment methods.
In Chinese Medicine pain is seen as a blockage in circulation. Blockages inhibit the amount of oxygen, blood, antibodies and qi that reach cells, tissues, muscles, tendons and organs. This causes pain, inflammation, swelling and limited range of motion, reducing the body’s ability to deliver vital nourishment to the injury and in turn inhibiting healing and recovery.
Acupuncture can provide pain relief by
- Stimulating nerves in muscles and other tissues, resulting in the release of hormones that change the processing of pain in the brain
- Relaxing muscle spasms
- Reducing inflammation and increasing range of motion by promoting blood flow and oxygen to the injured site
- Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, part of the body responsible for resting, digesting and healing
Acupuncture for the competitive athlete
A frustrating part of being an athlete at any level is the inability to perform at your highest potential. During periods of training your body is put through constant stress and muscles are pushed to their maximum potential. Without proper rest and recovery the body will not have the energy to heal itself and can lead to pain, fatigue, insomnia and injuries.
Acupuncture is a beneficial injury prevention, recovery and pro-performance tool all athletes should utilize.
- Naturally boosts energy levels
- Aids in post-workout recovery
- Helps functioning of muscles and flexibility
- Improves overall performance by keeping anxiety and stress low, improving sleep and strengthening the immune system
Additional modalities to enhance recovery and healing
Electro-acupuncture stimulation: application of a pulsating electrical current to acupuncture needles to enhance muscle relaxation, decreasing swelling, increasing circulation and facilitate faster healing times
- Cupping: a therapeutic technique to enhance the circulation of blood and oxygen to the injured site, relieve pain and swelling, break up adhesions in the muscle and fascia, stimulate acupuncture points and remove toxins from the skin
Common Athletic Injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle sprain or strain
- Shin splints
- Knee pain
- IT band tightness
- Hip pain: bursitis, arthritis
- Low back pain: quadratus lumborum, PSOAS, sciatica or piriformis syndrome
- Tennis or golfer's elbow
- Shoulder injuries: Rotator cuff, frozen shoulder or thoracic outlet syndrome
- Neck pain and limited range of motion
General Musculoskeletal Injuries
- TMD / Jaw disorders
- Arthritis / Joint pain
- Disc problems
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle weakness
- Migraines / Headaches
- Facial paralysis / Bells Palsy
- Trigeminal Neuralgia