Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator cuff tendinitis is an injury that plagues athletes and non-athletes alike. It most often occurs from repetitive actions, like throwing a ball, lifting, or even sitting at a computer. The good news is that acupuncture for rotator cuff tears can help reduce pain, inflammation, and speed healing. [1-4]
Acupuncture for rotator cuff tendinitis
Acupuncture works to help heal rotator cuff injuries by increasing the circulation to the area and decreasing inflammation in the tendons.  Acupuncture also works to reduce pain and inflammation through regulating neural pain pathways, stimulating the release of natural pain relievers in the body, such as opioids, as well as regulating pain relieving opioid receptors.[4,7] In addition, research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the growth of muscle tissue which can help in healing of the injury.
Throughout my 17 years experience in practice, I have helped many people with rotator cuff injuries. My method considers both your constitutional state of health as well as muscle tension and development of trigger points in the areas. The acupuncture treatment is customized to each individual by addressing imbalances within the muscles, connective tissues, and acupuncture channels of the rotator cuff.
If muscle tension and trigger points are the primary issue, the local trigger points will need to be addressed. Active trigger points are areas of tenderness and stress in the muscle.
I will also select acupuncture points along the affected acupuncture channel that are farther away from the pain. This technique increases circulation in the acupuncture channels, which will reduce pain and speed healing.
Often with chronic injuries or joints that have been challenging to heal we will need not only to release the trigger points but also improve the energetic levels of the body. This may mean that there is an underlying weakness causing the inability to heal. If this is the case then acupuncture will focus on increasing the amount of energy in the body.
Electroacupuncture is particularly effective for rotator cuff injuries to speed healing and reduce inflammation. Tui na is also an effective method to address connective tissue injuries.