• Rachel Gotlieb

The secret to pain relief that will help you get back to what you love doing.

We are here to help you figure out what is causing your pain and choose the right treatment method to resolve it. Different people may present with the same pain, for example shoulder pain or a headache, but their pain might be brought about by different causes. Thus, they may require different treatments for the same pain symptoms. This is the beauty and the secret power of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it doesn’t just address the symptom, such as pain, it considers the root causes of the problem and treats them to restore health and balance.

From an acupuncturist's point of view pain may be caused by external afflictions, including wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness and fire, and/or internal damage caused by emotional factors such as excessive fear, anger or sorrow. Other factors that are considered are excessive taxation both physical and emotional, lack of movement, trauma and dietary irregularities.

If we are honest with ourselves, most of the pain in our lives stems from the a combination of the above mentioned reasons; we may have not fuelled our bodies appropriately, we’re under too much stress, spent hours sitting in front of the computer and then went to the gym to do an insane workout without properly warming up our muscles. After which, we wonder why we are feeling sore, or get the weekend headache or have trouble sleeping. Our bodies are smarter than us, they tend to give us small nudges, trying to turn our attention to what is required. If we’re smart, we listen, make changes to our posture, consider our diets and habits and resolve issues before they became a debilitating problem. When we’re too busy to listen to our bodies, we ignore the nudges, continue as usual, and then, possibly, the next sign from our body may not be as subtle…

The secret is to stop. Just stop. Obviously, what you have been doing so far hasn’t been working for you or else you wouldn’t be in pain. What was working for you in your 20’s, might not be working for you in your 40’s. You may have changed your diet, work, personal circumstances or simply purchased a new mattress, all these factors affect your pain. So stop and make some notes, do some detective work to figure out what is causing your pain.

Here are some hints we use to try and figure out what is happening:

  1. Type of pain; different types of pain give clues as to what might be the problem. Aching pain tends to indicate there is underlying weakness and cold may be involved. Another example is stabbing pain may indicate trauma and lack of blood flow in the area.

  2. Consider what other symptoms are associated with the pain: are you suffering from general weakness, any shortness of breath, is the pain alleviated with the application of heat or cold, better for rest or movement.

  3. When do you feel the pain? Sometimes the solution is simple, pain occurs only with certain movements; we might need someone to look our posture or the way we exercise and fine tune things so we are not experiencing pain.

Once you stop, take a breath, puzzle together what your body is trying to tell you. Listen rather than getting angry and frustrated it is not working for you. Some things might become clearer. You might figure out that applying heat or some natural anti-inflammatory liniment to a sore muscle or joint before and after exercise helps, minor changes to posture and regular stretches would decrease the frequency and intensity of your headaches. The point is to listen to your pain, be thankful for it calling your attention to an area in your life. Go through it and become stronger and better for it.

Always remember, acupuncture offers an easy, accessible, free from any side effects, means to ease pain. It restores the body’s’ natural, balanced state. From a Western point of view, it is thought acupuncture helps release endogenous opioids, namely, the body’s own pain relief system.

So, what are you waiting for? Bring us your pain and let us help you alleviate it so you can get back to what you love doing.

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