Pain in the body is often caused by muscle, tendon, and/or joint injuries. These injuries can be abrupt or acute, like from a fall, whiplash, or other trauma, or they can come on gradually from overuse or repetitive actions. At the moment the pain is felt, action should be taken to begin the healing process. Typically, western physical medicine recommends the treatment acronym R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.) This treatment can be very helpful, but to truly move past the pain and heal the condition, more intensive treatment is needed. This is where Chinese Acupuncture & Herb Center can really help. Our practitioners can speed up the body’s healing process and get your body back doing things you love (and need) to do.
Directly following an abrupt trauma, the tissue around the muscle, tendon, or joint is usually red, warm, painful, and swollen. This is the time for R.I.C.E. REST-to heed the body’s response to the injury and to prevent further injury. ICE-to counteract the heat and dull the pain. COMPRESSION and ELEVATION-to reduce swelling and prevent further damage to the tissue surrounding the injury.
If the pain or swelling is extreme, or you suspect the condition is an emergency, such as a broken bone, seek the appropriate urgent medical help. Otherwise, schedule a visit with our practitioners right away. Using acupuncture, along with topical and/or internal Chinese Herbs, we can work on the pain, swelling, and help the body with healing right away. Acupuncture improves circulation, reduces inflammation, decreases pain, and stimulates local healing response; all things that are needed at this stage of injury.
What if the painful condition has been around for a long time? It’s even possible that the pain comes and goes. Perhaps the body hasn’t quite healed fully from a stress, injury, or trauma. Or maybe the pain came on slowly with small repetitive injuries stacking up. Using Ice is not generally recommended at this point, unless the pain is very extreme, then it is used only to dull the pain. For healing purposes, and not just symptom relief, we generally recommend warmth for the affected area to relieve aches, pains, improve circulation and generate tissue. Ice cools, slows, and reduces circulation; whereas warmth moves, dilates, and improves circulation. So, warm it up! Chinese Medicine looks at these types of conditions as lack of function (Qi) and congestion of the area by blood as the tissue becomes fibrous and works to remodel.
Acupuncture, Herbs, and other TCM therapies are successful, non-invasive treatments for acute and chronic pain and are quite successful in returning healthy function to traumatic or long injured parts. Instead of relying on long term use of pain medications, which can have significant side effects and incomplete relief from the condition, choose Acupuncture which is low risk, comfortable, and can significantly reduce pain and heal injuries for the long term.
If this sounds familiar and if you have questions about how Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine could help; please give Chinese Acupuncture and Herb Center a call and schedule a consultation. We would love to help you have a pain free future, the natural way.