Chronic / Acute Pain

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Relief care is provided for relief of immediate pain, restricted mobility and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age, physical condition, how long you have had the current complaint, and previous injuries, a few or several visits over a short period of time will be necessary.

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Corrective care may require a longer, more complex period of care. Once the severity of your condition has decreased through relief care, corrective care helps to restore normal function to your spine, muscles, supporting tissues and the nerves affected by them.

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Maintenance and wellness care helps you maintain and preserve the benefits you’ve achieved from relief and corrective care, eventually achieving a state of wellness. Our practitioners are trained to detect conditions in their early stages, often before you feel pain or reduced mobility. Continuing to work with our practitioners for periodic check-ups and treatments will keep your spine as healthy as possible.

Treatment Method

Acupuncture

Needle
Moxibustion
Cupping
Electronic Needle
Natural Herb
Tui-na

Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.

Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tex Tape is safe for all ages, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, taping alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin and increases interstitial space, allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercise is bodily movement prescribed to correct an impairment, improve musculoskeletal function, or maintain a state of well-being. It may vary from highly selected activities restricted to specific muscles or parts of the body. The purpose of therapeutic exercise is to return patients to their peak physical conditions.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the following purposes: modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function.

 


 

Neck & Shoulder

VDT (Video Display Terminal) Syndrome is common to people who work at desks all day. Looking at a computer monitor for prolonged periods of time strains the cervical spine, especially the C5, C6 and C7 regions. Shoulder blade pain is also caused by this position. Overusing laptops, netbooks, ebooks, tablets and smart phones, all lead to straining the cervical spine and shoulders.

Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

The ligaments of the shoulder joint hold the shoulder bones together. When the shoulder joint capsule becomes inflamed, the shoulder bones range of motion becomes restricted and is known as Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a syndrome involving compression at the superior thoracic outlet. The thoracic outlet is the space between your collarbone (clavicle) and your first rib. If the shoulder muscles in your chest are not strong enough to hold the collarbone in place, it can slip down and forward, putting pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that lie under it. This causes a variety of symptoms which together are known as thoracic outlet syndrome.

Other areas we treat are TMJ symptoms, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff pain and tear, shoulder bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, brachial plexus injury, myofascial pain syndrome, and turtle neck syndrome.

Treating Neck and Shoulder Pain

The neck and shoulder region is an integrated region consisting of multiple connected muscle fiber, fascia ligaments and tendons. Thus, focusing on one joint or muscle tissue cannot fully treat neck and shoulder pain.
Direct muscle acupuncture can immediately relieve the tension of specific muscle tissues and fascias, and will improve your range of motion (ROM) within a few sessions.

 


 

Elbow, Wrist, Arm

Forearm pain can significantly interfere with your life -- particularly if it occurs on your dominant side. Your forearm contains 2 long bones, multiple nerves and many muscles, as well as ligaments and tendons that connect these structures together. Injury to any of these structures can cause pain between your wrist and elbow.

Acupuncture help the below syndrome:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This orthopedic condition is brought on by increased pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. In effect, it is a pinched nerve at the wrist. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm, hand, and fingers.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that is believed to be the result of dysfunction in the central or peripheral nervous systems.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome/Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome is an orthopedic condition brought on by increased pressure on the ulnar nerve at the elbow. When the pressure on the ulnar nerve becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works, then numbness, tingling, and pain may be felt in the elbow, forearm, hand, and/or fingers.

Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylalgia)

For most golfers, the hand and/or wrist is the third most common body region injured, after the back and elbow. The wrist is injured 3 times more frequently than the hand.

Myofascial Release

To treat myofascial pain, safe and effective hands-on therapy techniques are used. Myofascial release therapy involves gentle, low load pressure to the restricted area for five or more minutes to help stretch and elongate the tissue.

Numbness and Tingling

Numbness, tingling, and pain in the finger, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder is often caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but that’s not always the case. The pattern and distribution of numbness, tingling, burning, dullness, and muscle changes help to determine if the source is pressure on a nerve, disease, medication, nutritional or other conditions.

Osteoarthritis of the Finger, Hand, Wrist, Forearm, and Elbow

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease in which the cushioning cartilage that covers the bone surfaces at the joints begins to wear out. It may be caused by simple wear and tear on joints, or it may develop after an injury.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Finger, Hand, Wrist, Forearm and Elbow

Arthritis means an inflamed joint. A joint normally consists of two cartilage-covered bone surfaces that glide smoothly against one another. When joints become inflamed, the joint swells and does not move smoothly.

Stiffness in the Hand

The hand and fingers seem to work effortlessly when healthy. A variety of problems can cause stiffness in the hand, limiting the use and function that we often take for granted.

Tendonitis of the Finger, Hand, Wrist, Forearm, Elbow and Shoulder

Tendonitis is caused by irritation or inflammation of tendons. The inflammation causes the compartment (a tunnel or a sheath) around the tendon to swell and enlarge, making movement painful.

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylalgia)

Lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as Tennis Elbow is described as inflammation or degenerative changes that occur at the common extensor tendon. The common extensor tendon attaches to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow. Pain associated with this diagnosis is most commonly located on the outside area of the elbow.

Thumb Arthritis (Basal Joint Arthritis)

Thumb Arthritis, also known as Basal Joint Arthritis or CMC Arthritis is an orthopedic condition that affects the CMC joint and typically causes the base of the thumb to become inflamed and painful.

Trigger finger (Tenosynovitis)

Stenosing tenosynovitis, commonly known as trigger finger or trigger thumb, involves the pulleys and tendons in the hand that bend the fingers. The goal of treatment in trigger finger/thumb is to eliminate the catching or locking and allow full movement of the finger or thumb without discomfort.

Treating Elbow, Wrist & Arm Pain

Direct muscle acupuncture can immediately relieve the tension of specific muscle tissues and fascias, and will improve your range of motion (ROM) within a few sessions.
We can relax over-reacting muscles and relieve them of unnecessary rigidness, just by stimulating the Qi of the surrounding muscle fibers. This results in a 50% reduction of pain, immediately. With the overreaction eliminated the patient only has to deal with the original injury, which can also recover quickly through acupuncture and thermal therapy.

 


 

Lower Back, Sciatica

Prolonged sitting in front of desks, while working in front of computers is the main cause of low back pain, sciatica and lumbalgia. Sudden acute back pain may be due to the continuous straining of the back to sit or even sleep in a bad position.

Sprain can happen carrying heavy items or during exercise such as, lifting weights in a bad position. The cause of low back pain can be different, so each patient must be evaluated and managed in the context of his/her daily lifestyle.

Treating Low Back Pain & Sciatica

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment method with immediate effects on acute back sprain or low back strain, and even uninjured healthy muscles that freeze up as part of the body’s defensive mechanism. Although the sprained or strained muscle tissues need time to recover, the surrounding uninjured muscle tissues do not.

We can relax over-reacting muscles and relieve them of unnecessary rigidness, just by stimulating the Qi of the surrounding muscle fibers. This results in a 50% reduction of pain, immediately. With the overreaction eliminated the patient only has to deal with the original injury, which can also recover quickly through acupuncture and thermal therapy.

 


 

Leg, Knee, Ankle

If you are experiencing leg pain from hip to foot which might include hip, knee, ankle pain or pain in areas of your legs or feet, you might be noticing the effects of stress on those joints from not moving them often enough, or you might be stressing your lower extremities by moving with poor posture.
Postural lower extremity pain is a common and often painful problem which can begin with an injury, accident or from long-term habits. When your upper body is not aligned with your lower body, weight bearing is not balanced and you put uneven pressure on your lower extremity when you move. Even sitting “wrong” can stress the pelvis and set up lower extremity and leg imbalance.
Look at the posture of anyone who sits with one foot tucked under them or always crosses the same knee over the other leg: the uneven stresses show in the unbalanced way they sit, stand, and move. Weak and poor posture from posture stress from weak body mechanics causing pain and breakdown ( i.e. Arthritis /Degenerative Joint Disease) in the spine and other joints from daily wear & tear
The nerves which control your lower extremities begin in the low back and lower spine which is why low back posture problems are a common cause of pain radiating to the Hip, Thigh, Knee, Leg, Ankle & Foot.
When structural distortions in the low back caused by chronic poor posture or prior trauma cause a spinal distortion and compress delicate nerves, pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness traveling down the lower extremity often result.
Lower extremity pain is often positional– it gets better, worse or different as body position changes. Frequently episodic, pain may come on after over-activity or without apparent cause, and is triggered as body adapts to mechanical stress, weak posture and inefficient motion.

Treating Leg, Knee & Ankle

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment method with immediate effects on acute Knee sprain or Ankle strain, and even uninjured healthy muscles that freeze up as part of the body’s defensive mechanism. Although the sprained or strained muscle tissues need time to recover, the surrounding uninjured muscle tissues do not.

We can relax over-reacting muscles and relieve them of unnecessary rigidness, just by stimulating the Qi of the surrounding muscle fibers. This results in a 50% reduction of pain, immediately. With the overreaction eliminated the patient only has to deal with the original injury, which can also recover quickly through acupuncture and thermal therapy.

 


 

Sports & Auto Injury

About Sports Injury

Sports injuries are mostly soft tissue strains or sprains of related muscular structures and bone fracture is less common. When we combine conventional rehabilitation and occupational therapies with acupuncture therapy, soft tissue injuries require a shorter recovery time.

Most sports, without proper warm up and post workout stretching can lead to acute and chronic fasciitis and tendonitis. With extensive walking, like 18 holes of golf, the tendons around the ankle or the heel can be strained causing plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis.

Running, whether it be marathons or short jogs, strain the Achilles tendon when the runner’s posture is not balanced. Chrondromalacia patella, an anterior knee pain, is a common symptom that also affects runners. Its usual symptom can be on and off reoccurring pain in the lower or side of the knee, or swellings after running up and down hills.

 

Treating Sports Injury

Sports injuries should be treated with a combination of acupuncture, physical therapy and acupressure. Tennis elbows and golf elbows, golf swing pain or flank pain can be immediately alleviated with acupuncture. We also treat plantar fasciitis, heel spur pain, hamstring pain, Achilles tendonitis, and Chrondromalacia patella can be treated with acupuncture and thermal therapy.

 

 

About Auto Injuries

Sudden violent force emanating from the back of a car can cause whiplash injury to the c-spine region. This sudden thrust strains the neck and can cause injuries to the cervical bone structure including the tendon and muscle of the neck and shoulders.

Pain resonating from the back neck, headaches, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, TMJ disorders, indigestion, IBS, panic attacks, anxiety issues, shoulder or chest pain, or even palpitations can be results from an auto injury, which may appear weeks after the original injury date.

Treating Auto Injury

  • California and most of States Car insurances cover acupuncture therapies
  • Whiplash, C-spine injury, auto accident injuries are treated with acupuncture, Chiropractic and Physical therapies