The musculoskeletal system is made up of connective tissues which include joints, ligaments and tendons. When problems occur with the musculoskeletal system, this can result in inflammation and pain. An ever increasing safe and effective therapy which can deliver instant pain relief is acupuncture. Acupuncture is growing increasingly popular due to the little or no side effects associated with it.
Common types of musculoskeletal problems we see daily in our clinic include:
Tennis Elbow: in simple terms this is “elbow pain “. It is a common condition that occurs by the overuse of the arm, forearm and hand muscles. It commonly affects the dominant arm and presents as persistent pain radiating from the elbow joint or as weakness at the wrist. It is an injury to the muscles and tendons around the outside of the elbow. Generally speaking, tennis elbow is more common in men than women. A general acupuncture treatment will include surrounding the site of pain with needles and applying some light electro-acupuncture and moxa. Many patients will obtain significant improvement within a few treatments scheduled once or twice a week.
Frozen Shoulder: a condition known as adhesive capsulitis, a frozen shoulder can cause severe pain and shoulder stiffness. The tissue which surrounds your shoulder becomes inflamed and thickened. The condition is quite a debilitating condition due to the affected shoulder becoming stiff and difficult to move. This can cause simple tasks to become excruciatingly painful and difficult to perform. If you suffer from frozen shoulder you most likely are unable to raise your arms above your head. Our electrical nerve stimulation device used in conjunction with acupuncture and moxa offers many patients instant relief. For continued relief a course of treatments may be best recommended.
TMJ: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. TMJ presents as severe pain and discomfort in the facial area and in or around the ear. One of the main causes of TMJ is grinding your teeth at night. Symptoms of TMJ include a stiff jaw and pain chewing and eating. Stress is a known factor that compounds the symptoms of TMJ. Quite frequent patients will also present complaining of headaches and migraines alongside TMJ pain. In treating this condition we find that acupuncture applied with some Chinese cupping can offer our patients the most relief from pain.
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome: is an ailment of the hand characterized by numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness. When carpal tunnel syndrome strikes the tissues that surround the flexor tendons in the wrist tend to swell putting pressure on the median nerve. Symptoms of tingling, pain and weakness usually occur gradually and progressively worsen over time. Acupuncture is an effective therapy for managing carpal tunnel syndrome. In treating this musculoskeletal problems (CTS) acupuncture points we use in our clinic are generally on the wrist, arm, thumb, and hands. The number of acupuncture treatments you may require to treat this condition will depend on how long you have suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome and the severity of the disease.
Sciatica Pain: is caused by a pinched nerve in the lower back. This pain generally travels down through the buttock into the back of the leg and sometimes into the foot. Sciatica pain may cause you difficulties in moving the leg and is often described as a burning or tingling sharp pain. With acupuncture some people experience instant relief with just one session, though it is not uncommon to undergo a course of treatments to maintain constant pain relief. In treating sciatica pain in our acupuncture clinic we will insert thin needles into your lower back and leg whilst simultaneously applying some moxa. After the needles have done their work we will do some cupping over the root of the problem.
Osteoarthritis: this is a degenerative joint condition that affects millions of people worldwide with common symptoms including joint pain and stiffness. It is characterised by gradual loss of joint cartilage resulting in loss of movement and pain. In treating osteoarthritis pain, acupuncture is considered to be a potentially beneficial treatment for this ailment. Our treatments at Dublin acupuncture are focused on symptom management and relief.
Rheumatoid arthritis: is a chronic inflammatory and painful disease that affects the small joints, typically your hands and feet. Nowadays there is growing evidence that acupuncture is an effective treatment in managing this type of arthritic pain. Our treatments will focus on symptom management and relief. Moxibustion may be applied in conjunction with acupuncture needling.
Tendinitis: is the severe swelling of a tendon that usually occurs after repeated injury to an area. Repetitive motion is generally the cause. People with tendinitis generally present with pain and swelling around a joint. Acupuncture is a proven clinical treatment to relieve this inflammation and pain.
Repetitive strain injury: refers to a group of disorders that namely affect the neck, shoulders, arms elbows, wrists, hands and fingers. As the name suggests, the pain usually develops or is worsened by repetitive activity over a period of time. The number of acupuncture treatments required to relieve the pain from your repetitive strain injury and the type of treatment applied will depend on your symptoms and cause. More frequently due to the increased use of computers, poor posture and seating positions along with repetitive and long term use of the mouse and keyboard we are seeing more and more RSI complaints in our acupuncture clinic.
Fibromyalgia: is a disease characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain which can be accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Most people seeking acupuncture to help with fibromyalgia are seeking pain relief. However, when dealing with fibromyalgia symptoms; acupuncture can offer a host of other benefits. In treating fibromyalgia patients for pain relief with acupuncture we will also works to restore the body’s natural balance. Once the body has been restored to its natural balance and harmony your sleep memory and mood will also improve.
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