Treatments recommended: Twice weekly acupuncture for 2-4 weeks followed by weekly acupuncture and bi-weekly cupping.
How it helps: Acute pain arising from an injury or trauma creates inflammation to an area. Chronic pain often involves blood stagnation to the area and active pain receptors long after an injury has healed. Acupuncture helps to decrease inflammation, promote blood circulation and according to the gate control theory, turns off pain signaling from the brain and spinal cord. Cupping can help relax tense muscles and soothe achiness.
How long will it take: Typically 2-6 months. Your healing response will vary on severity and how long you have had this issue and other constitutional factors.
Additional advice: Apply heat to areas of pain. Epsom salt baths can also help to soothe muscular and joint pain..