Chronic Pain and Arthritis

Joseph strives to bring the highest quality acupuncture and Chinese medicine care to his clinic.   Through his extensive training and experience he has developed an integrated approach to treating pain from many causes including autoimmune conditions, arthritis,  accidents, sports injuries, and repetitive motion injuries from work. He has been in practice for over 15 years and has helped hundreds of patients with chronic pain.  Partnering with each patient, he will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan of acupuncture, tui na massage, electric stimulation, cupping, and exercises.

How does Acupuncture address pain?

Acupuncture addresses pain by helping the body heal itself.  Acupuncture not only treats symptoms, like taking a painkiller, but also corrects underlying imbalances in the body, thereby, allowing the body to heal itself. This can lead to long term improvement and reduction in pain.

Imbalances are related to the body’s energy, called qi  (pronounced chee).  Qi travels though channels in the body like water flowing through a winding river.  Acupuncture corrects imbalances by stimulating specific points on the acupuncture channels.

Acupuncture research is beginning to show how the treatment works with the body’s own healing mechanisms. Using a type of brain scanner called an fMRI, scientists have shown that acupuncture works with the nervous system to reset the brain when it is stuck in an unhealthy pattern of pain and illness (1). This is a way of reteaching the body to be healthy. Healing also occurs at the place where the needle is inserted. The surrounding tissue actually grabs hold of the needle and expands (2). Some scientists believe this begins the replication and repair of the cells around  the needle.

Acupuncture also works to relieve pain by stimulating the release of natural pain relievers, such as opioids, as well as regulating pain relieving opioid receptors. Acupuncture also changes the way the nervous system feels pain, helping to relieve pain for long periods of time.