Integrating acupuncture and medical massage, orthopedic acupuncture offers a unique and very effective treatment for musculoskeletal problems.
For more than 20 years this approach has proven to be more effective than either acupuncture or medical massage used alone. The most common ailments that
orthopedic acupuncture has been successfully used for include: back pain, hip and leg pain, knee pain, sciatica, neck pain and shoulder pain including rotator
cuff injury. Orthopedic acupuncture is also excellent
for assisting with recovery from injury or surgery and for rehabilitation.
The initial visit includes an evaluation as described above plus a physical exam that among other tests includes assessment of: joint range of motion,
standing posture, muscle tension and balance. The acupuncture and western anatomical evaluations are combined to determine which structures are
most likely causing the ailment. A treatment plan is then designed to bring both quick and lasting relief.
A typical treatment session is done in 2 phases lasting a total of about 1 hour. The session begins with
acupuncture supplemented with gentle heat to the affected area. Medical massage then follows completion of the acupuncture.
Acupuncture, gentle heat and medical massage work together to relax muscular spasms and tension restoring normal blood circulation and
structural balance to the affected area. Usually within 3 treatment sessions a patient starts to experience significant lasting relief.
The goal is to eliminate pain and restore normal function to all of the musculature involved.