Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain:
Left-side yang horary points in Metal-Order of LI1, UB66, GB41, SI5, and ST36.
The patient had 10 acupuncture treatments in 4 weeks. After the first treatment, he had an immediate relief of both types of pain. After his third treatment, playing golf did not aggravate the pain as much as before. Each treatment was additionally helpful in reducing intensity, duration, and frequency. By the 10th visit, most of the pain was gone.
Discussion: Acupuncture is highly relevant for the elderly to maintain independent living by minimizing pain and increase the body’s capacity to function.
Acupuncture to Relieve Shoulder Pain
The researchers from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have established the fact that acupuncture can reduce shoulder pain instantly. They have also investigated how adequate the treatment is for shoulder periarthritis or frozen shoulder and pain related to the same. The studies have found the success of Acupuncture and shoulder pain treatment to exceed 90%.
What causes shoulder pain and how the treatment works?1
There are several health conditions which cause shoulder pain. Most of the time the common shoulder pain goes away naturally. But most of the time the pain lasts for more than a year or so. There are many drug and non-drug treatment measures available for the pain. Acupuncture and shoulder pain therapy comes under the non-drug measure of treatment.
Acupuncture helps in the secretion of chemical compounds in the body which helps in the reduction of pain, or it helps in the blood flow by overriding the pain signals in the nerves. Many studies have also shown that patients who choose to exercise alone take time to improve their shoulder pain as compared to patients who go for acupuncture with exercise.
Acupuncture Points for Shoulder Pain Relief
There are various kinds of Acupuncture used for multiple treatments. As of now, we are talking about acupuncture and shoulder pain and thus we will talk about the acupuncture treatments which are commonly used. Choosing the perfect acupuncture type increases the treatment worth. The most effective acupoints to treat shoulder pain are:2
Shoulder Crevice or Jianliao, SJ14
Joining Valley or Hegu, LI4
Outer Pass or Waiguan, SJ5
Front of Shoulder or Jianqian, MUE48
Upper Arm Shu or Naoyu, SI10
How long does an Acupuncture session last? 3
Each session of acupuncture needs to have a total of 20 minutes of needle time. The therapy can be taken once a day and for a week. The total number of sessions can change from one patient to another according to the condition.
Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion; the case study- treatment of 50 patients with periarthritis
Journal of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine by Yun Ling Shu’
Proceeding of Clinical Medicine: Observation on the therapeutic effects of elongated needling therapy