At Satori Acupuncture of Knoxville, we know how important it is for some people to be active. Living in Tennessee, we have access to so many wonderful natural experiences, so adventure beckons us. But like you, we understand that when you over exert yourself, the body might suffer. Shoulder pain is a condition that is common amongst active people, especially in areas like Tennessee where the terrain can be challenging. Whether you’re hiking, mountain biking, jogging or playing a sport, injury may emerge unexpectedly.
The shoulder joint which is primarily a ball and socket joint much like the hip, has a huge range of potential mobility. Yet, it is one of the most easily damaged joint structures in the human body. It endures countless stresses though ones busy day and with the inclusion of heavy work or with strenuous exercise like sport, it can be very susceptible to acute injury. The good news is that acupuncture is a highly effective means for reducing pain and regaining mobility of a troublesome shoulder condition.
As with many acute injuries the lack of circulation to the affected area because of swelling slows or even prevents healing. Acupuncture is all about facilitating the body’s ability to heal itself. The insertion of the needles stimulates the movement of “qi” which stimulates the circulation of blood to the affected area. In many cases, we utilize distal acupuncture treatments that focus on areas away from the actual injured area so as not to increase discomfort but provide the same long term healing results.
Current treatments for shoulder pain include medications, rest, ice/heat, movement therapy and sometimes cortisone injections. In some cases, a medical provider may recommend surgery. These treatments may help with pain relief, but sometimes they are unnecessary or only offer a temporary solution by masking an underlying issue. It is our belief at Satori Acupuncture that highly invasive procedures, such as surgery, should be the last “go-to” option. This assertion isn’t to criticize the surgical profession, however why not try a holistic approach first, before having to endure months of recovery and physical therapy when it might be avoidable?
Acupuncture treatment, over a period of time, creates a state where the body can heal itself productively and with the most minimal intrusive activity.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of hair-thin, sterilized needles to various areas of the body to illicit the release of natural pain killing chemicals and anti-inflammatories within the body.
Acupuncture is an optimal form of therapy as a response to injury due to very few --if any-- side affects, which means that it works great as an integrative modality with other forms of medicine.
Side note from the acupuncturist:
As a Knoxville resident and long time active adult both in the military and participating in contact sports like rugby, Australian Rules Football and Jiu-Jitsu, I understand first hand how an injury can adversely impact one’s life. When you injure a major joint like the shoulder (I’ve dislocated both shoulders and separated one), it can severely hamper your day-to-day routine. I get that. As your practitioner, I will listen closely, observe and offer an alternative to drugs, injections and surgery through a holistic regimen and other natural modalities.
Come give us a try at Satori Acupuncture of Knoxville. (865) 272 9955