Have you ever had a little pain somewhere in your body, and it drives you crazy? Small pains cause big problems for most of us at some time in our lives. At Raleigh Acupuncture, we specialize in resolving all types of pain, big and small. But today’s blog post will discuss the various small pains that acupuncture excels at resolving.
Little Toe Pain
A patient came to our clinic suffering from turf toe. He had injured his little toe playing soccer three months earlier, and it was not getting better. The pain was confined to such a small area, but it impacted his life so much. It kept him from playing soccer. On examination, the entire toe was sore, red, and swollen. It seemed that even walking was enough to aggravate the little toe. Treatment involved using our smallest needles inserted into acupuncture points in the area of the affected area, and along channels that passed through the toe.
Channels are pathways that traverse the body. Needling in one location of a channel helps heal other areas along the same pathway. We used electroacupuncture to stimulate the area gently. The treatment was relaxing for our patient. After the first session, his pain eased 30%. Three treatments later, we had resolved his pain. He immediately went back to playing soccer, pain-free.
Finger Joint Pain
Just last month, a woman came to our clinic, struggling with pain on the thumb joint right next to her wrist. It was the right thumb, and she was right-handed. The pain had been bothering her for six months, and she was taking ibuprofen twice a day. The pain medicine gave her temporary relief but did not resolve the issue. The joint felt warm to the touch, and was slightly red. There was no swelling.
Finger joint pain is a common condition, and we have developed a unique protocol for treating it. After inserting the needles, we once again used electroacupuncture to stimulate the affected area. By the end of her first session, the patient could already feel a reduction of pain. Four sessions were all she needed to be free of pain.
Cyst Pain – Anywhere
Cysts can develop anywhere on the body. Many times they are harmless and don’t cause trouble. But other times, they are painful. A few months ago, a woman came to our office complaining of pain from three cysts located on her right arm. The cysts were about the size of peanuts and were very painful. She also had severe, chronic back pain that had been plaguing her for years. We treated both of these conditions simultaneously. She lay face down on the treatment table (as if she were getting a massage), and we inserted hair-thin acupuncture needles into specific points in the muscles along her spine.
The treatment was designed to reduce her back pain while also resolving her arm cyst pain. And it worked quite well. With each treatment, the arm cysts got smaller and smaller, until they completely disappeared. At the same time, her back pain was also significantly reduced. We accomplished this in seven treatments.
Eye of the Knee Pain
Here’s another example of how small pains cause big problems. A weight lifter came to our clinic a few years ago complaining of stabbing pain on the outside of his right knee. Upon examination, we discovered that the lateral eye of his knee was the problem area. That’s the place just below the knee cap. There are two soft depressions under the cap. One is on the inside of the knee, and the other is on the outside. In Chinese medicine, we call these two points “Xiyan.”
His treatment was simple. We inserted a small needle into the lateral Xiyan point. That’s it — one needle. Thirty minutes later, when we took out the needle, his pain was gone. He was back in the gym the next day, and the problem did not return. Sometimes pain comes from blocked qi (energy) at a specific point. Needling the point dislodges the blockage and resolves the pain – completely.
Pain Between Two Ribs
About twelve years ago, we were treating a patient for weight loss and low energy. He was making good progress. One day he came in for treatment and could barely walk. He was doubled over to his right side. It ends up he had pulled a muscle between his ribs, midway up his torso. These are called intercostal muscles. They are small, but when they spasm, watch out. They hurt like the dickens, and they don’t heal well on their own.
Poor blood circulation makes it difficult for these muscles to heal. We gently inserted acupuncture needles into the affected intercostal muscles. Then we ran electroacupuncture through the needles. The acupuncture increased blood circulation to promote faster healing. After just two treatments, we had resolved the pain. Acupuncture prompts the body to heal. Given the opportunity, the body knows what to do.
Pain Behind One Eye
Many years ago, we had a migraine patient who would get stabbing pains behind her left eye. Upon examination we knew the exact point she needed. It was called BL1. We don’t use this point often because most patients are scared of it. But Chinese medicine has safely been using BL1 for thousands of years. The point is in the eye socket. You ease the eyeball to the side and insert the needle into the socket. It’s empty space, so nothing is damaged. The eyeball is not affected at all.
The benefit of the point is that it is the most potent point on the body for nourishing and healing the eye, and for dispersing stubborn pain behind the eye. Her migraine pain was caused, in part, from stagnant Qi energy lodged behind her eye. Acupuncture would disperse the stuck qi and resolve the pain. We explained how the point worked. We also warned her that while the location was completely safe, it sometimes resulted in bruising, which would leave you with a black eye. Incidents of black eye were rare, occurring in about 10% of cases. Again, completely safe, but might cause bruising.
She did not hesitate and said she wanted us to needle the point. Her pain was that bad. Sure enough, needling BL1 was just what she needed to resolve her migraine pain. We treated her eight times, once a week for eight weeks, and she never got a bruise. But she did get complete relief from the pain behind her eye.
Small pains cause big problems. But there is a simple and easy solution. Acupuncture can knock out the pain for good, often with just a few treatments. Don’t put up with that little pain any longer.
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