Acupuncture For Shoulder Pain
Did you know that the shoulder is the most commonly injured part of the body in sports, everyday activities, and other movement? Sitting pivotally at the top of our structure, entirely controlling the movement of our arms, necks, back, elbows, and chest, our shoulders are massively important parts of our bodies that need to be protected.
That’s why, if you’re someone living with shoulder pain, or related neck and upper back pain today, know that you are not alone. Since our shoulders rarely get to rest, even when we are sitting at our computers, it can be hard to provide them with the support and attention they need to heal. Whether it’s related to an acute injury, wear and tear, or arthritis, shoulder pain can be persistent, painful, and debilitating overtime.
We’re going to look at the value of acupuncture for shoulder pain, and why this non-invasive, holistic approach is the most beneficial way to alleviate pain without irritating the affected region.
Shoulder pain can be caused by a number of different conditions, such as rotator cuff disease, periarthritis, or adhesive capsulitis. Although shoulder pain can typically go away on its own, other forms of chronic shoulder pain can persist for 12 to 18 months. If the shoulder pain is a result of arthritis, the pain may never go away due to the reduction in cartilage in the joint.
Therefore, doctors have been administering acupuncture, known as the ancient Chinese form of needle insertion within the top layers of the skin to open up energy pathways. Shoulder acupuncture consists of needle placement according to meridians, known as the energy streams flowing throughout our bodies, to open up channel ways and stimulate blood flow around the affected region. Let’s look more in-depth at the process of shoulder acupuncture.
Is acupuncture safe for shoulder pain?
As a non-invasive holistic method for pain relief, acupuncture is the safest option you could pursue to curb your chronic pain. It is non-addictive, non-invasive, and completely natural, having been practiced within civilizations and communities for thousands of years. As opposed to the dangerous medicines and chemicals in the food and supplements we consume today, not to mention the risks of surgery, acupuncture is a topical procedure that takes just 20-30 minutes. When it’s done, you can get up and go on with your day.
What should I expect before my acupuncture shoulder appointment?
Since acupuncture is non-invasive and simple, you do not need to prepare anything before the appointment. It might take a few appointments before you get used to the feeling of the needle placements, but after awhile, everyone comes to find the procedure almost calming each time they visit – especially at the shoulder region.
Is my shoulder pain causing my neck pain?
The shoulder and neck muscles are closely related, which means if you are suffering from chronic neck pain and stiffness, as well as headaches and migraines, it can certainly be a result of shoulder pain and misalignment. That’s why it’s so important to schedule an appointment and learn more about the lack of balance in your body.
Should I also consider shoulder massage?
One recent study found that shoulder acupuncture was actually better for the patient’s health and stability than massage: https://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20010629/acupuncture-may-be-best-to-ease-neck-pain#1. Although, if you are considering combining the two different forms of release, it’s worth consulting with your doctor to arrive at a balanced regime for in the future.
Why should I pick shoulder acupuncture as my form of treatment?
Although there are many reasons why shoulder acupuncture is a superior form of pain relief for the shoulder region, here are the top 3 reasons to consider it:
- Shoulder acupuncture is safe. It’s far safer than surgeries, experimental medications, and prescribed medications. Since it is non-invasive, no anesthesia or any sedative is prescribed to get it done. Once the acupuncture is complete, no follow up medications are required to make it work.
- It’s easy to have acupuncture done. You can simply drop in, receive the treatment, and go on with your day. Your mental capacity and clarity is not compromised in any way.
- It’s an effective form of treatment with medical studies to prove it. See our links above for concrete medical evidence.
How does acupuncture help my shoulder pain?
Acupuncture helps with pain management in numerous ways: it opens up meridian pathways so your body’s homeostasis can return to normal; it minimizes inflammation as a result of heightened circulation in the region; and it flushes out toxins and other tissues that can build up in the region as a result of stiffness or built up tissue.
These are all natural ways in which the body remediates and protects itself from injury. Acupuncture simply speeds up the process.
Can anyone pursue acupuncture for the shoulder?
Due to the non-invasive nature of acupuncture and the minimal requirements for receiving it, anyone of any age, gender, weight, and background can consider this natural treatment for pain relief. If you want to know more about acupuncture for your shoulder pain, feel free to reach out for a consultation.
How many times do I need to come to witness pain relief for my shoulder?
We recommend two visits per week to get to the bottom of the shoulder pain moving forward. Generally, multiple visits per week for a few weeks is the block of time in which we manage the pain relief, re-assessing the course of action for the following week. Since every individual is unique, we are constantly working with you to develop a plan that is right for you and your body.
Does acupuncture work for shoulder pain?
There have been dozens of studies to date that have provided medical evidence for the case of acupuncture remediating shoulder pain: https://www.cochrane.org/CD005319/MUSKEL_acupuncture-for-shoulder-pain. In one study, over 500 people were tested for shoulder pain with real and fake acupuncture, with the results overwhelmingly favoring the value and effectiveness of acupuncture in the reduction of shoulder pain.