Acupuncture for Knee Pain
Acupuncture can provide relief from knee pain on many levels and can be a first choice for healing from this painful condition. Acupuncture meridian or channel theory recognizes that there are many possible causes and presentations of knee pain; examination by your acupuncturist will ensure the diagnosis and treatment fit your unique needs. Following examination of the knee and connected parts, your acupuncturist will look at your tongue and take your pulses at both wrists to get a full picture and make an evaluation of which channels need help to restore your knee health. Meridians, which have names like: water, wood, earth, metal and fire, course through the whole body like lines on a map. Used for centuries to diagnose and treat disease, Chinese medicine recognizes that acupuncture channels can be used to heal. Acupuncture works to unblock these channels and restore normal body function.
Your acupuncturist will pay attention to the words you use to describe your pain. Does your knee ache? Is the pain sharp? Dull? Does it radiate? Where? Is the pain worse at certain times of day? What makes the pain better or worse? Does your knee or connected areas feel hot? Cold? Tingling? What emotions do you have regarding the knee pain? Fear? Anger? Grief? Do any foods make the knee pain worse? Is there swelling around the knee or surrounding areas? Does the knee pain make you tired? Frustrated? All of these considerations reveal channel pathology that needs attention. Palpation and observation of the areas and channels will reveal more information that your acupuncturist will compile into a diagnosis and treatment plan.
The knee is served by several channels: the water channel on the back, earth channel on the outside, wood channel on the inside. Blockage in any of these tendinomuscular channels due to influx of cold, heat, or injury can result in knee pain. Treatment to reduce blockage and restore healing energy (qi) movement through the channels is helpful to heal the knee as well as the connected leg, calf, hip, ankle, and foot. Acupuncture Chapel Hill, NC offers will involve insertion of acupuncture needles into acupoints along the channels to stimulate qi movement. Points near the painful knee, or on connected channels, nearby or distant can be used depending on your unique presentation and comfort. In addition to acupuncture needles insertion, your acupuncturist might use additional therapies to promote healing and restore balance. These additional therapies might include gua sha (deep tissue channel massage), trigger point massage, cupping massage, application of hot and/or cold with essential oils, and others.
Acupuncture for knee pain can help you on many levels and help to keep your condition from getting worse.
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