Pain focused treatments vary a lot. Where the pain is mainly located in a client's body will alter details of a treatment, even to the point of something as simple as whether I have them laying on their back or on their stomach. Most patients, however, I treat while they are on their stomachs. I will place needles in many of the following areas: neck, shoulders, upper back, mid back, lower back, along the sciatic nerve, glutes, hamstrings, calves, and the plantar side of the foot.
The purpose of acupuncture for pain management is to invigorate blood and oxygen to the area of chronic pain. When the body hurts, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints aren’t getting the proper amount of blood and oxygen supply. If pain has become chronic, most likely the natural painkillers in your body - called enkephalins (that run along your spine) - have been "turned off” . Acupuncture helps reboot the body and help "turn on” those enkephalins to help manage pain, it also increases blood and oxygen circulation to assist in the healing process.
In addition to acupuncture, I make my own CBD creams and oils. Often times, I will use these products during or after a treatment to further aid with pain and inflammation. Upon request, they are also available for purchase.
Do I recommend herbs...?
I want to get to know a patient before every suggesting herbal supplements. I have some herbal formulas that I like and might recommend to clients depending on their needs, but that is only after extensive consultation.
There's a plethora of ways to manage and treat pain, many of which I can assist you with. Have hope. Healing is possible.