Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain
Acupuncture for shoulder pain can help with pain relief and management.
Shoulder pain can develop from an injury or simply through wear and tear over time.
The Main Causes of Shoulder Pain
- Osteoarthritis – can develop over time when the cartilage in the shoulder wears down to restrict the smooth working of the joint.
- Inflamed Bursa – the bursa is a fluid-filled sack the sits over your should joint. Sometime this sac can thicken and become inflamed. When this happens it no longer smooths the friction between your bones, muscles and tendons resulting in pain.
- Inflammation of the shoulder capsule – your synovial membrane can become inflamed. Or you may develop frozen should where your shoulder capsule becomes inflamed and tight to restrict movement. Frozen should can result from injury, surgery, diabetes or no known cause.
- Injury – impact or overextension injuries, sprains and tears can all cause shoulder pain.
The Main Symptoms of Shoulder Injury
Pain, restricted movement and weakness are the most common. Some people may experience numbness or a burning sensation down the arm.
Western Medical Treatments for Shoulder Pain
- Hot and cold packs – this can be useful in managing the initial injury or to calm any flare-ups in inflammation.
- Physiotherapy – aims to reduce activities that aggravate the problem and to improve the strength and range of movement.
- Medication – the use of pain killers and anti-inflammatories to manage pain. The long-term use of medication is usually not recommended and does little to resolve the root cause of the problem.
An operation may be recommended to you by your medical practitioner, but we recommend that you exhaust all other treatment avenues before you go under the knife. Operations can be painful, expensive, have long recovery times and are not guaranteed to work. In our view operations should always be a last resort.
Chinese Medicine Approach to Shoulder Treatment
The primary for or treatment is gentle fascia manipulation and acupuncture.
Fascia manipulation involves the gentle movement of muscle, tendon or ligaments to improve movement.
Acupuncture involves the use of very fine needles to trigger the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture triggers a massive release of endorphins and enkephalines, which are powerful natural pain killers already residing in your body.
Acupuncture also encourages the improvement of blood flow to the shoulder so your body’s ‘fix it’ army of white and red blood cells, collagen and macrophages can work on the problem.
Acupuncture treatment requires no exercises.