Pain management is the bread and butter of TCM. Whether the pain is acute or chronic, TCM offers patients a safe, effective, non-addictive and non-invasive pain relief. There are many approaches to pain relief. Some of my favorite pain management and orthopedic modalities are trigger point, Master Tung, Muscle-Channel Technique, cupping, moxibustion and guasha.
Randomized controlled trials show that acupuncture, especially electro-acupuncture, plays a significant role in injury recovery. These studies indicate that with regular administration of acupuncture during the recovery process, the patient can expect pain relief and increased range of motion, and a sped-up recovery time.
Also known as dry-needling, trigger points or “knots” are stimulated and released, encouraging proper neuro-muscular activation.
Cupping reduces pain and inflammation, and increases range of motion by utilizing negative pressure, which enables increased blood and lymphatic circulation to injured tissues.