Acupuncture For Elbow Pain

Whether it’s golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, or just plain arthritis in your elbow from a life of frequent lower and upper arm movements, our elbows are important joints that can grow tired overtime. If you’re an athlete that plays a sport with baseball bats, tennis racquets, etc. you are especially prone to elbow pain. But, with the rise of office settings and computer reliance, more individuals are developing elbow pain from their typing and clicking sedentary lifestyle.

If you’re living with a discomfort or an acute pain in your elbow, you know how distracting and debilitating that pain can be. We use our elbows to do everything from wash our hair to brush our teeth, which is why elbow pain can be a constant reminder of the physical discomfort we are in.

If you’re looking for a solution to elbow pain that doesn’t involve an expensive surgery for a 6-month rehabilitation period, it’s time to consider the benefits of acupuncture for elbow pain and injuries.

Elbow Acupuncture

If you experience chronic bouts of pain in your elbow, most instances, it’s due to overuse. Many sports, hobbies, and jobs require hand, wrist, or arm movements, especially at the keyboard. As a result, after awhile, arthritis in the elbow joint can cause frequent pains, especially as the cartilage wears down overtime. Luckily, the elbow is less prone to wear and tear damage when compared to other joints – yet, it is still a victim of injuries and arthritis.

Elbow acupuncture follows the traditional Chinese medicinal form of acupuncture, known as the release of energy points in the body, to help the entire system return to homeostasis. In the process of opening these pathways, known as meridians, the body is able to return back to normal, and pain is minimized in the process. Let’s look at more information surrounding this alternative form of medicine below.


Can acupuncture treat tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow, known as lateral epicondylitis, is a perfect specimen for acupuncture treatment. In a study conducted at the Science and Experiment Center of Guangzhou Physical Education Institute, three groups of athletes were observed over 20-years, confirming that acupuncture, plus acupuncture with massage, was an effective way to treat tennis elbow and the pain associated with it:

Acupuncture stimulates the nerves located in muscles and other tissues surrounding the elbow, leading to the release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes how the pain feels in our brains and spinal chords.


Could pain elsewhere in my arm be caused by tennis injury?

Our bodies are incredibly intricate and connected machines, which is why elbow discomfort could certainly be causing arm pain elsewhere. Acupuncture approaches discomfort and pain with a holistic picture, which is why the acupuncturist will apply needles in areas near and far to the elbow in order to pinpoint the right pressure points for pain alleviation.


How exactly does acupuncture help my elbow pain?

Acupuncture stimulates blood flow in the region that is experiencing pain, delivering nutrients and oxygen to tissues that are in desperate need of mineral support. When regions swell or become blocked off due to a fall, injury, twist, or sprain, blood delivery is often stifled, which can contribute to the problem even more. Acupuncture stimulates blood flow once again in the region through a series of needle applications, based on pressure point locations.

With enhanced blood flow, the region is now able to repair itself more quickly while flushing out build up toxins and other unwanted mediums that can stack up in the stifled region.

Is acupuncture safe to do on my elbow?

In addition to heightened blood flow, acupuncture needles stimulate the nervous system to release neurochemicals that promote physical and emotional well being. When certain pressure points are penetrated with the needle, they communicate a message to the brain to reduce the pain and stress transmitters in the region. As a result, relaxation ensues and anxiety is reduced, making it an entirely safe and holistic practice.

Acupuncture can therefore be practiced on everyone, no matter their age, weight, or medical history.


Does acupuncture actually work on elbow pain?

Countless studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture and pain alleviation. As our link above and this attached one also demonstrate, acupuncture has been proven to provide pain relief to the elbow region and tennis elbow: Dozens of other studies over the last 20-30 years have proven similar feats for elbow pain, which can be typically difficult to treat.


Why is acupuncture superior to other treatment methods?

The elbow is a sensitive region of the body, which is why invasive surgeries can actually provide additional pain and inflammation. Additionally, pain killers can cause addictive behavior, and introduce chemicals into the body that were not previously there. Acupuncture, on the other hand, is a completely non-invasive and all natural treatment method that inserts no new chemicals into the body. Additionally, due to heightened blood flow, toxins and fluid build-up within inflammation is flushed, allowing the elbow to return back to normal more quickly than all other treatment options.


How do I know if acupuncture is right for me and my elbow?

We can generally confirm that acupuncture is right for almost everyone. If you have questions about if it’s right for you, give us a call and we can determine the result.


When should I get started with elbow acupuncture?

If you have suffered an elbow injury, proceeding with elbow acupuncture as soon as possible is recommended. However, if no matter your treatment plan or how long you have been in pain, acupuncture can still provide relief and pain reduction in the elbow region.

Your acupuncturist will work with you to identify your diagnosis while working with you to develop a custom treatment schedule. Generally, patients visit acupuncturists multiple times per week for 1-2 months in order to increase the odds of pain relief and results. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us for getting started with foot acupuncture today.

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