How we treat injury and pain
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We provide a brief introduction to how we treat some types of pain: strains, repetition strain injuries, joint disorders, sprains, and bursitis. For specific details of conditions treated read our section on What We Treat; this also includes conditions such as migraines, headaches and trigeminal neuralgia.

Strains

When muscles or tendons are stretched due to a severe trauma or from a series of very small repetitive movements, the torn fibres generate an inflammatory response. Acupuncture treatment can relieve pain, speed recovery time and improve the eventual outcome by minimising scar tissue, which can leave the area prone to future strains. A number of options could be used including acupuncture, SCENAR therapy, cupping, liniment or herbs. As the strain resolves massage may be introduced and patients advised to undertake gentle exercises. If a strain becomes chronic electro-stimulation, massage and moxa (heat) will be considered. The best prognosis is for strains to a muscle belly, with tendon strains taking a number of weeks for the treatment to provide relief, due to their reduced blood supply.

Repetition Strain Injuries

These are multiple tiny strains brought about by excessive repetitive movement or prolonged muscular use. Often these injuries are linked to occupation or sporting overuse. Treatment will include acupuncture and massage or SCENAR. Generally rest is essential, especially from the contributing activity and in these cases, full recovery can be achieved.

Joint disorders

Joint disorders can respond well to treatment, particularly benefiting from pain relief, less tissue damage and increased mobility. All treatment options can be used. Treatment is most successful where less joint degeneration has taken place.

Sprains

When a joint is forced past the limits of movement imposed by its associated ligaments, small or complete tears in the fibres of the ligament occur. Treatment is required if the sprain is severe or substantial stress is to be placed on the joint in the near future for e.g. a return to same activity which produced the sprain. If the sprain becomes chronic, then treatment will be necessary to re-establish a healthy circulation of blood and energy to the area.

Bursitis

Bursitis can be caused by the irritation of overuse or repeated minor trauma. Inflammation in adjacent ligaments and joints can spread to involve bursa. The most common sites are at the shoulder, behind the heel, between hip and leg, and in the foot (bunion). If the inflammation becomes chronic the bursa can become thickened and become calcified. Rest from the predisposing activity is required. Treatment will include acupuncture, massage and a hot liniment if chronic.

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