Chinese medicine treatment may be able to assist with:
- Pain relief and management
- chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain
An injury to the body usually falls into two basic categories, acute and chronic.
- Acute is usually the initial phase of the trauma and may involve localised pain, swelling, bruising and a reduced range of motion. An example is a sprain or strain of the joint and the surrounding tissue. Treatments are most effective when commenced soon after the injury. Untreated or improperly treated injuries can become chronic, debilitating or recurrent.
- Chronic involves a prolonged period of pain, soreness, stiffness, weakness or limited mobility in the affected area. Chronic or overuse injuries can also be due to work activity, or repetitive sports training, such as tennis elbow, or tendonitis.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the soreness or pain of the joints, muscles and tendons may be related to underlying deficiencies, stagnation or circulatory obstructions of blood and body fluids, and the flow of vital healing energy.
- Acupuncture treatment may be useful to reduce swelling and inflammation and manage pain. Acupuncture can also work in conjunction with western medicine.
- Moxibustion is a form of heat treatment that may be used over the site of the injury.
- Chinese herbal medicine may be used to manage the pain of muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones. The herbs can be taken internally or applied externally as herbal plasters, ointments, salves, liniments and compresses.
- Acupressure, tuina and therapeutic massage can also be beneficial to assist circulation, ease the pain and re-establish the range of motion. Stretching movements and strengthening exercises may be suggested to assist with the recovery.
- Improving dietary and lifestyle factors is important for both recovery and ongoing health.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are generally considered to be safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.
We recommend that you make an appointment to talk with one of our practitioners to discuss how we can help you.