Susan Sachs Acupuncture

272 Beach 135th Street   Belle Harbor NY 11694   (917) 868-8630

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Pain Management

How Can Acupuncture Help Manage Pain?
In Chinese Medicine it is believed that blockage causes pain.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbology are used to open up these blockages so that the qi (bodies energy) can flow smoothly, which helps eliminate pain.


Techniques Used In Pain Management:
Techniques used with pain management include body acupuncture, auricular acupuncture (which is often used as anesthesia in China), cupping, tui na (Chinese massage), moxibustion (when a herb is used topically to warm specific points), electro-acupuncture, and hydro-therapy.  Usually one or tow techniques will be used during a visit.


Acupuncture and Pain Management:
Acupuncture can be very effective in managing pain, and is a safe alternative to medicines which can have side effects.&nbap; Acupuncture can be very effective in treating headaches (esp. sinus & migraine), trigeminal neuralgia, tooth pain, arthritis and joint pain, sciatica, back pain, and peripheral neuropathy.

People often respond after one treatment, although repeated treatments may be necessary to maintain pain relief, or to completely address the pain and prevent its return.  Chronic issues generally require repeated treatments while acute issues generally required fewer treatments.  For example, certain acute issues, such as tooth pain and trigeminal neuralgia (partial paralysis of the face, accompanied by pain) often respond quickly, and it is not uncommon for a patient to be free of pain after the treatment, however follow-up treatments are generally recommended to maintain pain relief.  Other chronic pain issues such as arthritis generally requires repeated treatments in order to maintain pain relief.