Acupuncture For Shoulder Pain
Updated: Aug 13
We don't think about our shoulders and how important they are to our daily mobility until we start to feel pain in that area. We quickly realize how much we actually use our shoulders and naturally, we immediately want to get rid of the pain. Shoulder pains can have many causes, such as a result of an injury or a health issue. Whatever the cause, having a pain-free life and mobility is important therefore, acupuncture is a great way to deal with such issues.
Acupuncture is an effective and natural technique for resolving and treating acute or chronic pain and it can even completely eliminate the pain. Acupuncture combined with massage can help in many ways by reducing inflammation, improving the blood flow in that area, and most importantly it can help damaged tissues to heal and nurture it back to health.
How do we injure the shoulder area?
Our shoulders are very flexible and strong however, they can be very sensitive and susceptible to injury. Our shoulders are protected and secured by a group of tendons called the rotator cuff. Unfortunately, if we damage even one link in the group, we are exposed to an injury of the whole musculature. This is one of the biggest issues with patients with shoulder pains - after one piece got injured, shoulder functionality has decreased and they end up experiencing discomfort and pain.
What are the trigger points for shoulder pain?
Muscle tension is one of the many different causes of shoulder pain and it can be treated with acupuncture. By using acupuncture needles on certain trigger points, it will eliminate the pain. Here is a list of the trigger points behind shoulder pains:
Anterior shoulder pain - Infraspinatus, deltoid, scalene, supraspinatus, pectoralis major/minor, biceps brachii, coracobrachialis, latissimus dorsi
Posterior shoulder pain - Deltoid, levator scapulae, scalene, supraspinatus, teres major/minor, subscapularis, serratus posterior superior, latissimus dorsi, triceps, trapezius, iliocostalis
The anatomy of the shoulder
The anatomy of the shoulder is very complex. It consists of two joints - the glenohumeral joint and the acromioclavicular or "AC" joint.
The glenohumeral joint is formed by the humerus and scapula, and the "AC" joint is formed by the acromion and the clavicle. The shoulder area is securely protected by the tendons, and ligaments.
The acupuncture treatment for the shoulder pain
When patients come to the acupuncture treatment center and have established a pre-confirmed diagnosis, the acupuncture practitioners will then use that information to provide the best possible treatment plan to get you back to full health. If a patient doesn't have an established diagnosis, practitioners will have to locate and determine the source of the pain before starting with the treatment. Every skilled and good practitioner will work with other professionals in that area to help you get back to your everyday activities and pain-free life.
This Chinese technique can help with several different types of shoulder pain - frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injury, labrum injury, bursitis, arthritis, tendonitis. It will also be very helpful if you're recovering from surgery.
If you have any kind of shoulder pain and want to get rid of it, consider acupuncture treatment.