Can Acupuncture Help Shoulder Pain?

Yes! Acupuncture is a safe, natural, drug-free, effective way to help manage and alleviate shoulder pain. The Shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. It has many ranges of motion including flexion, extension, internal rotation, external rotation, abduction and adduction. This allows us to perform activities  like combing our hair, putting our hands behind our back, lifting things in front or behind our bodies. So, one can see that shoulder pain and or restriction of motion of this joint can really interrupt our life and daily activities and especially cause issue for participation in athletic activities. Most commonly treated with Acupuncture is a condition called "Frozen Shoulder". It is a condition that affects the shoulder joint involving pain and stiffness that develops gradually, may worsen, and than finally goes away. In Chinese medicine pain and stiffness, particularly in one location with pain feeling sharp or stabbing is due to "Qi and Blood Stasis". Simply put there is a deficient amount of energy and blood flow in the area that is causing symptoms of pain. Acupuncture points are selected both at the shoulder area and at other points on the body to restore blood flow to the painful area and re-energize the shoulder. This is often used in combination with TuiNa massage, Cupping, Electro-Acupuncture, Auricular(Ear) Acupuncture, or Acupoint Injection Therapy (Acupoint Injection Therapy). Also recommended and frequently utilized is the the addition of Homeopathic, Chinese Herbal and Nutritional Remedies to further decrease pain and accelerate the healing process. Recommended frequency of treatment is usually once or twice weekly sessions with a gradual decrease in treatment frequency as pain resolves. Cases that are either minimally responsive or unresponsive to treatment may be referred for Western imaging studies such as MRI and X-rays and referral to a Western medicine specialist.