Injuries and Pain Conditions

At the Elements of Health Centre, our approach to treating acute and chronic pain syndromes draws from both classical and modern techniques.

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, pain that is experienced anywhere in the body is indicative of some sort of blockage or stagnation within the meridian system. An analogy would be to imagine that meridians are like rivers running throughout the body, and that pain is experienced when a dam forms in the river. 

When there is pain, there is no free-flow. When there is free-flow, there is no pain." ~Chinese Proverb

The purpose in needling traditional meridian acupuncture points is to “break the dam” and promote free-flow once again. The physiological response is a decrease in pain, reduced inflammation and increased circulation within the joints and muscles throughout the body.

Our practitioners have also completed extensive training in motor point needling. This technique is a more modern approach to acupuncture; one that is rooted in western science and anatomy. It employs manual muscle testing to determine any weaknesses or dysfunctions. Needles are then inserted to stimulate the neuromuscular junction. Motor point needling corrects muscle group imbalances by encouraging tight muscles to lengthen and relax while the opposing weaker muscles are able to fire and contract more effectively.

Blending the benefits of eastern and western needling, acupuncture may be used to effectively treat the following acute or chronic pain conditions:

  • Pain due to motor vehicle accidents
  • Neck tension, headaches, migraines
  • Shoulder pain, rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Low back pain, sciatica
  • IT band syndrome, knee pain
  • Hamstring or calf muscle strains
  • Achilles tendonitis, sprained ankles
  • Post-surgery pain (orthopedic or visceral)
  • Disk injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain

 

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