1529 York St. Suite 200, Denver, CO 80206 303-333-9977 or 720-275-1205
My personal experience with pain management and acupuncture changed my career
path. You can read more about that in my bio.
In the United States chronic pain is the third most common health problem, following
closely behind heart disease and cancer. Acupuncture, Tui Na and Chinese medicine
is a highly effective treatment for pain management, and often eliminates the need for
corrective surgeries. It can treat chronic and acute pain, and reduces the need for
addictive pain killers.
Chronic pain impacts quality of life and can lead to depression. When we feel pain, it
tells us something is wrong with our body. When we ignore our pain, thinking it will
eventually “go away,” severe problems can develop and continue, thus becoming more
difficult to treat.
Our body depends on the Qi (energy) and blood that flows through the meridian
system to nourish and protect our organs and tissues, so they work properly. Pain
produces a blockage in those meridians, affecting the free flow of Qi and blood, thus
creating an imbalance in our system. Essentially, if there is blockage, there is pain.
Many causes can trigger meridian blockage. In TCM, we call them by common names:
cold, wind, dampness, heat or trauma. It can also be caused by emotional changes
(see stress management, below). The meridian system is like a network and each
meridian is connected with a specific organ. The organ damage or imbalance can be
felt on the meridian, and the local blockage of the meridian can affect the internal
organ. That is why, in TCM, when treating a pain condition, a licensed acupuncturist or
doctor will work to rebalance and harmonize the whole body and not just focus on the
Finding the cause of the pain and which meridian is blocked is extremely important for
proper treatment. Relieving blood and Qi stagnation, balancing the energy, nourishing
the tissue, increasing circulation, and building up deficient organs are all methods that
TCM uses to treat pain effectively. Acupuncture is used to correct the flow of Qi.
Herbal medicine is used to reestablish (and balance) Qi, blood, and moisture in the
Clinical studies support acupuncture as an effective modality in the treatment of almost
all kinds of pain conditions, including the following: migraines, neuralgia, neck pain,
back pain, herniated disc, TMJ, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis,
bursitis, arthritis, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, dysmenorrhea,
osteoporosis, sports and other injuries, surgical pain and even cancer pain.
Researchers have discovered beneficial immune and endocrine alterations following
acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture may actually help prevent pain by acting on the
sympathetic nervous system and by stimulating the body to produce biochemical
substances, such as endorphins, to help reduce pain.
Tui Na, a body work therapy, is a complete system of body alignment based on TCM. It
utilizes acupressure, stretching and gentle manipulation to restore balance and
harmony in the body. We also incorporate additional therapies such as cupping and
moxibustion, nutritional health and exercise, such as Tai-Chi and Qi-gong to enhance
the benefits of Tui Na.
Acupuncture is a highly effective treatment for stress management, because the
constant stress to which we are exposed is the reason the majority of us become ill.
Stress has become a chronic problem in our society and it negatively impacts
employee performance due to uncertainties about life situations. Some of these life
situations include the constant worry about finances, family issues, unstable events
around the world, being a perfectionist, lack of a fulfilling job and more. These have a
debilitating effect and impact our ability to be productive at home at work.
The physical impacts of chronic stress decrease the amount of white blood cells in the
body, which protect us from bacteria, viruses and fungi. This weakens and imbalances
the immune system and makes us prone to more serious illnesses. Stress negatively
impacts the nervous system, lymphatic system, kidneys and adrenal glands.
Some symptoms and signs of stress are:
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are two of the most effective ways to reduce the
devastating effects of stress. They stimulate and increase the production of
endorphins, which increase a person’s sense of relaxation, because endorphins act as
natural analgesics. Acupuncture reduces tension, which helps to loosen tight muscles
on the neck, shoulders and back. Other forms of Chinese medicine, such as herbs,
can also reduce the symptoms of stress outlined above.
At Denver Acu Pro we are committed to making a difference in how your body reacts to
stress and pain, so you can enjoy a more balanced, healthier and happier life.
- digestive problems
- high blood pressure
- body aches
- weight gain
- heart problems
- tightness and pain on
back and neck
- eating disorders