In the west, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Pain is such a big problem that recent studies indicate that 6 in 10 adults over the age of 30 experience it regularly. This has led to the health expenditures for back and neck problems to be over $80 billion per year.
An estimated 3 million American adults receive acupuncture treatment each year,with chronic pain being the most common complaint.
A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association published a meta analysis study of over 17,000 patients and found acupuncture to be effective in the treatment of pain.
Listen to what our patients are saying: "I have had great results and relief from pain since starting acupuncture treatments. Conventional physicians and physical therapists said the only option left for me was drug therapy. With Jack's treatments, I do not require pain medication, not even an occasional Advil. Accupuncture has dramactically helped me. I highly recommend Jack. He is a gifted and kind healer. Thank you!" - PV, Boulder
The most common pain related problems treated by acupuncture include disorders of bones, muscles, joints and nerves such as arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, neuralgias, migraines, dizziness, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, muscle spasms, numbness and tingling. In addition we do a lot of work with people experiencing traumas such as broken bones, sprains, strains, etc.
What makes the use of acupuncture to treat pain unique is that it addresses the cause of the pain, and not just the symptoms. You have heard the old joke - "Doc it hurts when I do this." The doc says - "Well, don't do that." Sadly, this is actually what many people are told to do. The result often leads to other problems, such as frozen shoulder.
The truth is that no one has ever had a headache from an aspirin deficiency, at that is why painkillers only mask the pain. You take them, they help, then the pain comes back. What acupuncture and Chinese medicine is able to do is change pain permanently by addressing the root, or the reason the pain is there in the first place. Simply put, acupuncturists look very closely to find the cause of a person's pain and eliminate that.
We use a variety of techniques to eliminate pain including acupuncture both classical and modern, laser needle acupuncture, electro acupuncture medicine, heat therapy, cupping, Anodyne Infra-red therapy, internal and external herbal therapy, and more.
For each patient experiencing pain we design a personalized treatment plan for the relief of their Pain. Find out how we can help you by having a complementary consultation.
In order to stay up to date in modern approaches to treating pain Dr. Jack Schaefer DACM is a member in good standing with The American Academy of Pain Management and is one of very few acupuncturists to be a member. this helps him have an understanding of and be able to provide some of the most up to date pain management techniques available in his field.
Contact us and we will be glad to meet you and discuss your pain problems.