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Pain Management & Recovery
Are you tired of being in pain and need help with your recovery?
Did you hurt your back, knee or ankle some time ago, but still suffer now?
Are you taking lots of different medication for your pain and would like to explore other options?
Do you suffer from migraines, facial pain, trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ disorder or neuropathic pain?
Injuries normally occur during everyday life, sports or training. This leads to pain, poor performance, disability and reduced quality of life.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. It’s normal for you to have pain when you are injured or ill. But pain that lasts for weeks, months, or years is not normal.
Chronic pain and restricted movement can occur anywhere in your body. It can range from being mild and annoying to being so bad that it gets in the way of your daily activities. It can often lead to guarding of the painful area, which in turn can lead to muscle tension or overcompensating elsewhere in the body.
Being in pain can be incredibly depressing and debilitating
You may have so much pain that you can’t go to work or school. It can also cause sleepless nights, digestive issues, stop you from playing sports or doing the things you love, put enormous pressure on your relationships, lead to mood changes and if long term to anxiety and depression.
Acupuncture can help with pain after an injury
Acupuncture can be an effective addition in your recovery, helping joints, nerves and muscles to move more freely and to reduce pain.
Acupuncture is recommended for headaches and migraines
There is a growing body of evidence-based clinical research showing that traditional acupuncture safely treats a wide range of common health problems including symptoms such as tension-type headaches, migraines and pain relief from osteoarthritis of the knee.
NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends acupuncture for headaches and migraines, as research has shown that traditional acupuncture can lessen the frequency and severity of attacks.
Reduce your sensitivity to pain and stress
Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may help in the management of pain by stimulating the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain, which leads to the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), as well as helping to reduce inflammation. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has also been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety. It also works at a local level, improving blood circulation and tissue repair by creating micro-traumas.
Symptoms I have treated patients for
I regularly see clients suffering with the following symptoms, and I see some really good results:
- achilles issues
- back pain
- bell’s Palsy
- facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia
- frozen shoulder
- knee issues
- neck pain
- neuropathic pain
- planta fasciitis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- sinusitis pain
- sports injuries
- stiffness and pain following a fracture
- tennis elbow
- TMJ disorder
Reduce pain and its frequency
What is great about acupuncture is that acupuncturists can help to reduce people’s pain and frequency of pain and points can be selected suitable to the individual. For example, if the area in question is too tender to needle, other distal points can be selected on the body to reduce the pain. Acupuncture is also safe to have whilst on medication.
My personal experience
Having suffered chronic pain and neuropathic pain following surgery and a back injury I know firsthand what it’s like to be in acute and chronic pain and to have explored every avenue to reduce it. For me regular acupuncture along with focused physical therapy have been the only things which have helped me to get back to doing the things I love, being an acupuncturist, walking the dog and playing netball.
To find out more or for just a chat?
If you would like to discuss how acupuncture might be able to help you with managing your pain, or you’d like to know what to expect and whether it would be appropriate for you, please just give me a call on Tel: 07535 947474 / 01494 771324 or drop me a line via my Contact Page.