Pain Treatment With Acupuncture Colorado Springs

Probably the most familiar and most-researched application of acupuncture is its use in effectively treating many types of pain. From headaches and migraines to acute trauma, arthritis and abdominal pain, back and lower back pain, and neck pain, acupuncture offers effective relief with zero side effects. Pain is an indicator that there is a problem somewhere in the body. Sometimes it reflects where the problem is, other times it may reflect a problem elsewhere in the body.

Common painful conditions
we treat include:

  • Arthritis
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Back Pain
  • Fibromyalgia

How does Acupuncture treat pain?

In a general sense, pain is a blockage of qi and blood in the body. The treatment is based on removing the blockage and restoring the flow of qi and blood to relieve the pain. Acupuncture is an excellent and effective choice for all types of pain because it quickly alleviates pain symptoms and simultaneously begin the body’s healing response.

In Chinese Medicine, the most common treatment for pain uses acupuncture needles. The needles are placed on the body in specific locations along pathways, which are called meridians. Needles are placed locally and distally to where the pain is located to move the qi and remove the stagnation. Acupuncture raises endorphin levels and decreases the sensation of pain, decreases inflammation and swelling, relaxes muscles and stop spasms, and increases the blood flow to the local area promoting healing.


Arthritis often affects the large joints of the body (hips, knees, and shoulders) and is an indication of inflammation. Acupuncture can increase blood circulation to the joints, decreasing inflammation and increasing the fluids that help keep joints lubricated. It can be used to relieve pain and also slow down the progression as well. Acupuncture is a good alternative for pain management as it helps strengthen the entire body and does not have the serious side effects associated with pain medication.

As with all acupuncture treatment, in most cases, the longer you’ve had the disease, the longer it will take to resolve. If you’ve had arthritis pain for five years or more, it generally takes between 6 to 8 treatments to notice significant lasting effects from the treatment.

Headaches & Migraines

Headaches have many causes. In some people certain foods trigger pain; in others hormonal fluctuations associated with menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, and tension or stress are all common triggers. Much research has been done supporting acupunctures effectiveness in treating headaches. In TCM there are many possible causes for headaches. We look for a pattern of symptoms that will help diagnosis the disharmony occurring in your body. When the pattern is recognized, a treatment plan can be determined and treatment can begin.

Many people experience relief fairly quickly after acupuncture treatment, but you may need to maintain treatment over a period of time in order to prevent onset of further headaches and solve the root imbalance in the body.

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care. Over 80% of people report experiencing some type of back pain in their lives. The causes of back pain range from acute muscle sprains or strains, bulging or herniated disks, or sciatica. Back injuries can occur from injury, poor posture, weak muscles, or degenerative disorders.

Acupuncture can effectively treat both acute and chronic back pain. Many people experience relief from pain after the first few treatments. Even with chronic disorders, you should experience fairly quick relief after a series of 3 – 6 treatments, but it may take further treatments in order to provide lasting benefits.


Fibromyalgia patients experience widespread pain, aching and stiffness of the muscles and soft tissues, accompanied by insomnia, fatigue and depression. The symptoms vary from person to person, and can change depending on the weather, stress, physical activity, and time of day.

Chinese Medicine is well suited to treat this condition. We can tailor our treatment to the individual and the particular symptoms they are experiencing.

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