Muscle aches are often unavoidable, but at the same time they can also be debilitating if left untreated. Acupuncture may be the perfect answer to any muscle ache problems that you are experiencing. Whether it’s painful knots in your muscles or just muscle spasms, prolonging treatment is the worst thing you could possibly do. The longer you wait, the longer it’s going to take for you to start feeling good again.
Muscle aches can happen due to strain and inflammation. They can happen due to over stretched or torn muscles. Many people end up seeking medical care because of muscle problems, torn ligaments, lower back pain and all kinds of other issues.
We’ve put together a list of some common questions and answers that people often ask in regards to muscle aches and acupuncture treatments.
What Is the Acupuncture Approach to Muscle Ache Treatment?
If you are suffering from muscle aches, you understand that the pain can range from minor and annoying to quite severe. And when it’s severe pain, it can often be very painful.
If you are experiencing a low intensity pain, it’s quite possible that you are dealing with a muscle spasm. The acupuncturist will be able to perform acupuncture on your muscles and joints, along with other oriental medicine therapies. The acupuncturist will often also recommend herbs.
Here are the types of treatment an acupuncturist may use:
- Soft tissue manipulation – “Tui na” is the name in oriental medicine for soft tissue manipulation used to treat muscle aches and spasms. The treatments will often include therapeutic stretching, massage therapy and treatments to reduce fluid, relieve pain and reduce scar tissue. It can also include working on the joints to free up the energy flow.
- Other techniques – acupuncturists will often use moxibustion and cupping. Each of these types of therapy use heat, but in a different way. Moxibustion is often used to warm meridian points and other areas, with the purpose of stimulating circulation. Cupping uses heat and cooling to create a vacuum inside of one or more glass cups placed on the skin. The purpose is to draw more blood flow to that area.
For advanced help through acupuncture and manipulation techniques, please see a qualified acupuncturist today for help.