Pain – Concord Center Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture for Pain

Whether you’ve been in pain for one week or twenty years, acupuncture can offer relief while correcting the root cause of your pain with little to no side-effects. An ever growing body of research reveals that acupuncture is an effective treatment for many different types of acute and chronic pain such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, menstrual pain, migraines and headaches as well as pain caused by cancer and surgery (1-2). The American College of Physicians now recommends acupuncture as a first-line option for treating acute and chronic low back pain (3). In one study, acupuncture has even been shown to provide greater pain relief than prescription pain medication with far fewer side-effects (4).

Acupuncture is more than just a temporary analgesic (5). By relaxing muscle tension, improving circulation, reducing swelling and improving range of motion, acupuncture helps reduce or eliminate the need for pain medications, speeds healing and resolves the underlying condition leading to pain so you can get back to doing the activities that you love. Because of its effectiveness, holistic approach and low risk, acupuncture is an excellent first stop for treating your pain.

Our Approach

Our practitioners use a distal style of acupuncture, known as the Balance Method, that is especially effective in treating pain. We are committed to practicing and refining this unique style of acupuncture. For most conditions, you will not need to undress because acupuncture points that lie between the elbows and hands and between the knees and feet are used to treat pain anywhere in the body.

"How many treatments will I need?" is by far the most common question we are asked. It's important to understand that acupuncture is a process. Most of our patients feel immediate relief during their first treatment, however a series of treatments are usually required in order to maintain or further reduce pain. Usually the longer you have had a condition, the longer it will take to treat.

We work diligently to get to the root of what is causing your pain and discomfort as quickly as possible. We never use cookie cutter or one-size-fits-all methods. We use our diagnostic skills, acupuncture and over 17 years of clinical experience to problem solve and determine the best way to address your particular pain condition. Sometimes, depending on your unique presentation, we will also recommend exercises or will refer you to other complementary modes of therapy in order to better help resolve the root of your particular condition.

Acupuncture works cumulatively, building over time, to improve circulation, reduce swelling, relax muscles, reduce inflammation, reduce pain and speed healing. We can safely say that if you do not come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture probably won’t work for you because you won’t be able to experience this cumulative stepping down of the pain. Click here to read more  about How Acupuncture Steps Down Pain.

Not only does acupuncture speed the body's healing process but is also helps you feel better than ever. If you suffer from pain and your particular condition is not listed here, call us for a free consultation to determine if acupuncture can help you.

  • neck pain
  • back pain
  • hip pain
  • sciatica
  • shoulder pain
  • knee pain
  • elbow pain
  • carpal tunnel
  • plantar fasciitis
  • abdominal cramps
  1. Tick H, Nielsen A, Pelletier KR, Bonakdar R, Simmons S, Glick R, Ratner E, Lemmon, RL, Wayne PM, Zador, V. The Pain Task Force of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. Evidence-based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care. A Consortium Pain Task Force White Paper December 15, 2017.
  2. Vickers, A. J., Cronin, A. M., Maschino, A. C., Lewith, G., MacPherson, H., Foster, N. E., et al. (2012). Acupuncture for Chronic Pain. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(19), 1444.
  3. Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, McLean RM, Forciea M, Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain: a clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166(7):514-530.
  4. Grissa MH, Baccouche H, Boubaker H, et al. Acupuncture vs intravenous MS in the management of acute pain in the ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2016;34(11):2112-2116.
  5. MacPherson, H., Vertosick, E. A., Foster, N. E., Lewith, G., Linde, K., Sherman, K. J., et al. (2016). The persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment. Pain, 1–22.
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