Acupuncture & PAIN management


While acupuncture for back pain is one of the most commonly seen (and resolved!) complaints, acupuncture is also very effective for relief of chronic pain relating to all joints and muscles in the body.

Our musculoskeletal system is a dynamic entity and pain symptoms should not be observed and treated merely at the local area.  Conditions need to be assessed holistically to locate the source of pain and devise a treatment plan that will not only relieve the pain but prevent recurrence.

TENSEGRITY = TENSION + INTEGRITY

The integrity of our physical bodies are based on the balanced tension of our muscles and bones.

Our bodies are similar to this model where the “sticks” (bones) are held together by “rubber bands” (muscles). A healthy balance is achieved with symmetrical tension and strain.

Image copyright 2005, T.Flemons, intensiondesigns.com

Image copyright 2005, T.Flemons, intensiondesigns.com

When this symmetry of tension loses its balance, other muscles begin to compensate for the lack of or increased tension in one area.  In turn, the body loses its proper alignment which leads to pain.

AN EXAMPLE:

A misalignment at the hip may be due to muscle tension in the local area, causing strain in the hip joint.  It may also be an inherent joint problem within the hip.  This further causes misalignment in the knee joint as muscles in the upper leg respond to the hip misalignment.  This could cause the knee joint space to decrease, causing pain and diminished synovial fluid (lubricant in the joints), possibly leading to arthritis.

AN ANALOGY:

If the alignment in a car is out of place, the tires will wear unevenly. Just as this is so joints in the body are affected by alignment and tension. Unusual wear causes decreased space and synovial fluid in joints causing pain and arthritis.

TREATMENT

The shoulder and pelvic girdles as the framework of our physical bodies.  By keeping these areas in alignment pain in various areas (low back pain, neck pain, TMJ, joint pain, etc.) can be treated and prevented.  This treatment protocol allows for thorough and proper assessment of muscle groups to accurately determine the source of pain.  Such analysis further allows for highly effective treatment results and decreased recurrence of pain.

What Patients Are Saying ||  Acupuncture & Pain

My neck and shoulder pain was so bad that it would make me throw up.  I also got constant headaches and it even affected my vision.  After my first visit, I could tell that my muscles loosened up a lot.  I also felt very relaxed and the treatment made me less stressed.  Working at my desk job made my neck pain so bad that I would get tingling in my arms and fingers.  After 3 treatments, I no longer have the tingling sensation and my vision is back to normal.  The headaches are also reduced.  Christy recommended that I see her a few more times to manage the pain and maintain my health.  I trust that I’ll feel even better after a few more treatments.  Definitely would recommend her for any kind of pain!   -K.M., 28

At my wife’s urging, I finally went to see Christy for acupuncture for my stress and pain.  My wife had been raving about her for months and I finally caved.  Good thing I did because I feel much better these days.  I feel like I’m younger!  I have more energy for so many things as opposed to before and my pain has drastically diminished.
-M.M., 32

My back pain because of my disc bulge was getting in the way of my active lifestyle for a long time.  There was not much else I could do besides back surgery which I desperately hoped to avoid.  I tried physical therapy and it helped for a bit but my progress sort of stopped after a few months.  And then things turned for the worse when I started getting shooting pains into my hip, legs and knees.  I’m very happy to say that after seeing Dr. Kim, I have pretty much zero knee pain and my back and hip pain subsided drastically.  I still go for regular treatments but I’m hoping for more progress and I’m definitely not a skeptic of acupuncture anymore.
-Will, 40

Working in a highly stressful and routine atmosphere, I started noticing pain to my shoulder and lower neck area. I started off by taking pain medications but that didn’t last very long. The chronic pinching and tension started affecting my work/life. I sought professional help by testing out different chiropractic and acupunctural services. After seeking these professionals for the last year, I noticed that the pain was not completely eliminated. Tired of paying the fees and getting only minimal results, I started seeking other professionals that could help eliminate the pain entirely. I started visiting Christy regularly for about three weeks. I’ve had acupuncture and cupping done to my discomfort area. Eight weeks later, I am still pain free! -K.U.

I was deathly afraid of needles and was very hesitant about trying acupuncture.  But when my back pain didn’t stop for months even while getting chiropractic, PTtreatments and even painkillers, I knew I had to see someone.  The very first day I saw Christy, I noticed a huge relief of pain.  I was able to exercise normally and did not feel any pain at all.  Christy takes care to go over everything she does with me to put my mind at ease and I feel comfortable and safe getting treatments and I got over my fear of needles right at the first visit.  I could feel myself getting healthier already even besides the pain.  I feel more energetic overall throughout the day and we are working on my weight loss now.  -M.P.