21 April 2023

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Musculoskeletal and Neurological Acupuncture

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Acupuncture

Arthritis Acupuncture

Arthritis is a prevalent issue among acupuncture patients. The most prevalent diagnosis in this broad group is osteoarthritis, which is a chronic inflammation and deterioration of the articular cartilage. It is most common in the major weight-bearing joints, although it is also noticeable in the joints of the hands and fingers. Spurring occurs as a result of cartilage breakdown and inflammation in and around the joints.

Acupuncture treats inflammation, muscle guarding, and tension that develop around joint spaces. This reduction in tension results in less joint discomfort and a significant reduction in pain. Despite the presence of spurs, there is strong data to suggest that there is a significant reduction in pain levels that lasts as treatment advances.

Acupuncture For Back Pain

The backbone is the structure that underpins the majority of our daily actions. We build postures that are not as capable of adjusting to pressures as they should be over time and through repeated use. Muscular strain occurs and is the most prevalent cause of back pain. It is the most common type of back pain in the beginning. These tendencies become established in us and, if not addressed, become more problematic later in life. The back’s muscular system is designed to be a balanced entity. When this balance is disrupted, stressors cannot be absorbed and distributed, resulting in pain patterns.


Acupuncture works to relax muscles that are overly tight and to support or tone muscles that have been weakened by inactivity. As a result, we have a better balanced back that can support us in our regular tasks.

Acupuncture For Bursitis

A bursa is a fluid-filled soft tissue sac that your body utilizes to decrease friction between moving structural components. Bursae are frequently found between tendons or between tendons and bone. Bursitis is an inflammation of this sac that typically causes pain near the bursa. Acupuncture can be used to decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and relieve mechanical pressure on the bursa by inhibiting or cueing certain muscles in the area.


The inflammation of the sac that surrounds our main joints is known as bursitis. These fluid-filled sacs lubricate the joint area where loaded movement takes place. The cause is assumed to be irritation of the local structures. Some believe that weather changes have an impact on this structure. Acupuncture and related treatments are used, and they are particularly successful in relieving localized stressors and inflammation.

Chronic Pain Acupuncture

There are numerous causes of relentless pain. A pain signal’s chronicity might become a cause in and of itself. Acupuncture treats both the underlying cause of the pain and the pain signal in the treatment of a chronic pain pattern. Because of the interaction between the tissue’s injury signal and the central nervous system’s recollection of that signal, this process and response are slower. This strategy is also responsible for acupuncture’s efficacy in treating various issues.

Acupuncture For Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a non-inflammatory soft tissue condition. It is generally preceded by catastrophic injury, acute illness, or mental stress in which the regular recovery systems fail. This causes discomfort, exhaustion, sleep problems, and digestive issues. 70% of FMS patients meet the clinical criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Acupuncture has been investigated and proven to be quite successful in treating fatigue, pain, and sleep problems in this population. It is also useful in the treatment of FMS-related digestive issues.

Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines

A neuromuscular trigger is a component of all headaches, whether tension headache, cluster headache, or “true” migraine. Some people consider all headaches to be migraine variants.


Nonetheless, acupuncture effectively addresses the neuromuscular component by deactivating reactive trigger points and muscle tension and lowering the nervous system’s reactive tone. In the early phase, treatment is aimed at stopping the trigger and the subsequent cascade of symptoms. Follow-up sessions at regular intervals can put these headaches and migraine illnesses to rest.

Acupuncture For Inflammation/Swelling

Both directly and indirectly, acupuncture can treat inflammation and swelling. Local needling at the site of inflammation directly engages inflammatory chemicals via histamine produced in the tissue. Once the cascade of chemical events is completed (over a few days), a net anti-inflammatory effect is realized, typically accompanied by a reduction in swelling and pain compared to pre-treatment levels. Furthermore, a good acupuncturist can accomplish additional benefits by focused cueing and/or muscular tone inhibition in locations where the patient’s own soft tissue causes mechanical tension on the inflamed tissue. This latter step can be crucial in the treatment of long-term, well-established chronic inflammatory diseases.


Acupuncture can treat inflammatory disorders such as tendinitis, regional muscle pattern, internal organ or joint presentation. Although not all of the physiology is understood, studies have indicated that acupuncture causes the adrenal gland to produce cortisol, the body’s natural steroid. This, combined with a general calming of the peripheral nervous system, aids in the resolution of inflammatory illnesses.

Acupuncture For Muscle Tension/Dysfunction

Acupuncture clinics treat muscle tension and dysfunction on a daily basis. Acupuncture has the capacity to restore normal muscle tone and function after catastrophic injury, overuse, or continuous stress.


This is a technique for deactivating abnormal muscle firing patterns that cause motions to be awkward, inefficient, and painful. The time required for restoration/recovery is determined by the severity of the problem.

Acupuncture For Neurological Diseases

Neurologic illnesses include everything from multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease to carpal tunnel syndrome and peripheral neuropathy. These and other conditions are addressed by attempting to modulate central nervous system neurotransmitters, thereby influencing how nervous impulses travel through the nervous system.


Treatment for more severe illnesses, such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, takes a long time. The effect of acupuncture is felt early in the treatment regimen and gradually progresses throughout the process.

Acupuncture For Rheumatology 

Rheumatologic diseases include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and akylosing spondylitis. This covers a wide spectrum of joint and soft tissue problems.


The regulating action of acupuncture on structural and physiologic systems allows for pain and inflammation decrease. Acupuncture is frequently used in conjunction with drugs such as Humera and Embrel, which, when taken, reduce or stop joint erosion. Acupuncture’s activities frequently allow for lower dosing of medications used to treat rheumatologic diseases.

Acupuncture For Sciatica 

The sciatic nerve is typically irritated at two locations: first, at the roots of nerves exiting the spine in the lower back before they bundle together to form the sciatic nerve, and second, in the hip region, where the sciatic nerve passes through a critical structural balance point. Whether the inflammation is caused by deep spinal structures in the lower back pinching the nerve roots or by deep rotator muscles of the hip (most commonly the piriformis) squeezing the nerve itself, symptoms can occur all the way from the hip to the foot.


Acupuncture treats this common condition by relieving structural restrictions in the form of tight muscle patterns and lowering inflammatory substances in your system.

Acupuncture For Shingles

Shingles is an outbreak of the herpes zoster virus, which causes skin lesions, small fluid-filled vesicles, and pain that travels along the sensory nerve root from the spine but never crosses the midline. It affects the eye in its more severe forms and should be addressed very seriously.


Although acupuncture is most commonly used to treat shingles in the chronic stage known as post herpetic neuralgia, it can also be utilized as an adjunct therapy in the acute phase alongside a prescribed anti-viral.

Acupuncture For Musculoskeletal and Neurological Improvement

Acupuncture can help us make better use of our own structure. Changes in reaction to treatment can have an equal impact on both the pain and inflammation of injury states, as well as key sports performance measures like speed and power.  You condition your body like an athlete to improve muscular contraction force and reaction speed. These modifications boost your performance potential. Actual increases in athletic performance necessitate changes in the timing and coordination of specific muscle contractions, necessitating the use of technique drills. Athletes, on the other hand, frequently acquire erroneous recruitment patterns as a result of lingering protective reactions to prior injuries and the imperfection of their training tactics. Acupuncture can assist remove these performance limitations by accurately cueing or inhibiting specific muscle bands based on an athlete’s unique motor patterns.


For many years, the Chinese Olympic Teams have used acupuncture in their athletes’ training and performance regimes. Our associates have previously treated several US Olympians in rehabilitation and performance enhancement at the US Olympic training facilities for the Tae Kwon Do team.

Acupuncture Treatment for Sports Injuries

Acupuncture’s muscle-cueing, motor pattern influences may benefit all patients, but especially athletes or other physically active individuals, to correct the defective body mechanics that predispose one to injury. This is true for both acute injuries with a sudden onset and gradual inflammatory diseases. In reality, many “over-use” ailments are actually “improper-use” injuries that necessitate retraining actions and skills to avoid mechanically straining structural weak points. Acupuncture can help with this retraining. Acupuncture can also help with retraining the body after an accident in order to restore appropriate movement patterns.


Sprains and strains are common sports injuries. The anti-inflammatory properties of acupuncture may help acutely injured muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Acupuncture’s muscle-cueing, motor pattern influences may benefit all patients, but especially athletes and physically active individuals, to correct the defective body mechanics that predispose one to injury.

Acupuncture For Stroke Rehabilitation

Acupuncture is one of the most researched post-stroke treatments. Acupuncture treatment groups recovered faster and more completely in studies conducted in Scandinavian countries as early as the 1980s. Acupuncture is an excellent tool in all types of stroke, from scalp acupuncture to peripheral needling.


Acupuncture For Tendonitis

Tendonitis develops when the strains on a tendon outweigh the body’s mending systems. This might happen as a result of a poorly structured workout regimen with insufficient rest times or unsuitable conditioning for the physical demands of an activity. Any action that is routinely performed with poor body mechanics will put strain on some structural weak link, most often a tendon. Acupuncture can assist treat tendonitis pain while also reducing tendon inflammation. Acupuncture can also be utilized for targeted muscle cueing (or inhibition), with the purpose of reinforcing or retraining optimal body mechanics via motor recruitment patterns. This will treat the underlying source of the inflammation and pain.


Acupuncture is an effective treatment for all types of tendinitis because it decreases inflammation and eases movement restrictions, allowing for a faster and simpler recovery. Recovery is often hastened when nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine is used early on, allowing for a quicker withdrawal from the prescription without rebound. Acupuncture alone is sufficient in mild situations where overuse from work is not an issue.

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