Acupuncture for pain relief in San Diego!  I use acupuncture to treat Acute and Chronic Pain, Sports Injuries and Repetitive Use Injuries. Unlike drugs, acupuncture removes the cause of your pain, and not just your symptoms. Acupuncure, and dry needling, as completely safe and without side effects.

Here are some of the categories of pain relief achieved by acupuncture and dry needling treatments.

I even use acupuncture to relieve post surgical pain and speed recovery from surgery and accidents.

Acupuncture for Pain Relief is Fast and Safe

Both acupuncture and dry needling are fast and safe methods to relieve pain and treat injury. They are are  often combined with electrical stimulation, heat therapy, and cupping. 

Unlike drug therapies, acupuncture in non-addicting, non-toxic to your liver, and treats the cause of your pain; not just applying a bandaid.

Here is a brief outline of conditions acupuncture provides pain relief for….

Acute Pain:

Sports’ Injuries

Ligament and Joint Capsule Sprains
Muscle and Tendon Strains
Muscle Tears
Disc Injuries
Shoulder Soft Tissue Injuries
Runner’s Knee and IT Band syndrome
Heel Spurs
Tennis Elbow
Golfer’s Elbow
Low Back and Neck Injuries
Surfers and Snow Boarders Bruise Injuries
Trigger Point Pain

Repetitive Use Overuse Injuries

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tendonitis and Tenosyonovitis
Wrist Pain
Hand and Finger Pain and Numbness
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Brachial Plexus Syndrome
Nerve Impingement Syndromes
Neck and Low Back Pain

Car Accident

Neck Pain
Mid-back Pain
Lumbar Pain
Headache, Dizziness, Nausea following accident due to muscle pain


Chronic Pain


Arthritis, Osteo and Rheumatoid
Chronic stiffness in back and joints
Chronic tennis elbow

Heel Pain
Chronic Low Back and Neck Pain
Headache, Tension and Migraine

Neurological and Visceral

interstitial cystitis IC


stomach pain
trigeminal neuralgia
digestive pain
menstrual pain
premenstrual pain

Viral Pain

post surgical pain
herpes simplex and shingles herpes zoster pain
urinary pain


How Can you us Acupucture for Pain Relief? How do Needles Relieve Pain?

Classical Chinese Acupuncture

There are two ways to treat pain with acupuncture. One is Classical Chinese Acupuncture, based on the acupuncture points located on the acupuncture channels. This is a very effective method for certain types of pain, such as herpes and shingles, IC, IBS, menstrual pain, another words pain connected to the interior of the body and the nervous system

Classical Chinese Acupuncture has been demonstrated to have very specific anti-inflammatory properties. The insertion of the fine, hairlike acupuncture needle into the body draws out inflammation from the local tissues around the needle by “de-polarizing” the inflamed tissue. That is, the needle has the opposite electrical charge as the inflamed tissue.


At the same time acupuncture  stimulate the body’s secretion of cortisol from the adrenal glands into the blood stream. Cortisol is the body’s most powerful antiinflammatory, its own natural Cortisone. This reduces inflammation throughout the body.  Acupuncture also causes the secretion of Endorphins, the body’s own opiate-like neurotransmitters. These help break the pain cycle, allowing muscles which have tightened up in response to pain to now relax.

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is physical medicine, like Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and Massage.

For most acute pain, and chronic orthopedic pain, I use what my acupuncture friends call “Sport’s Acupuncture”. But what I am doing is what Physical Therapists have started to call Dry Needling. Dry needling means, i use larger needles and use them as physical tools to release trigger points in the muscles and fascia, even in ligaments.

When using acupuncture for pain relief in Sports Medicine in China there a Chinese name and concept for trigger points, but do do this well you need to study you Western defined anatomy in great depth. But, I do find that often, since acupuncturists have needled thousands of people, that we have a superior needle technique to P.T.s that are just starting out.

You can read more here on the difference betwee Acupuncture and Dry Needling


Trigger Point Relief

A major component of many pain conditions are tight “hypertonic” muscles. This is the body’s natural, though counterproductive response to pain and inflammation. Placing needles in hypertonic muscles causes them to relax, allowing for increased blood circulation and pain relief.

Another component in pain conditions are the “trigger points,” specialized neuromuscular  cells

that, when activated due to stress or mechanical factors like repetitive use or lifting a weight with a sudden jerky movement, refer pain through the body. Trigger points are the cause of about half of headache and body pains. Trigger points are effectively  “deactivated” by the insertion of acupuncture needles into trigger points, or Dry Needling.


woman getting acupuncture for bell's palsey

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