Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain at Monmouth County, NJ Rehabilitation Facility

Shoulder pain is a common complaitn, which is usually linked with issues of the rotator cuff, a tear, tendonitis, arthritis or shoulder dislocation. Acupuncture is a modality that can help the body heal itself naturally. Acupuncture promotes blood flow, stimulates the body’s built in healing mechanism and releases natural painkillers.  

The blood is a significant source of life. It contains oxygen, nutrients, hormones, analgesics and anti-inflammatories. Acupuncture has been able to increase blood flow, which if triggered in certain areas of injury, will help to re-nourish and heal the muscles.  Acupuncture also creates “micro traumas” that stimulate the body’s ability to heal injuries through the immune, nervous and endocrine system activation.

The insertion of needles also send a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where natural pain killers such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are released. Acupuncture can help relax the mind and the body, which will speed up the recovery time in a safe and relaxing approach. 

Shoulder pain is a common complaint, and one that is particularly difficult to ignore; because the body requires the use of the arms for many activities, shoulder pain can severely disable an otherwise active lifestyle.

Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include issues with the rotator cuff, including a tear or tendonitis (also known as bursitis); arthritis; shoulder dislocation, in which the top of the arm bone becomes disconnected from the scapula; and many others.

Patients with shoulder pain are advised to seek out healthy methods of reducing pain and inflammation. Moderate rest, ice application, and physical therapy are helpful tools in this process. Acupuncture is another method of reducing shoulder pain.

Many patients rely on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen. However, long-term use of these drugs can cause serious kidney damage as well as gastrointestinal conditions such as ulcers. In fact, NSAIDs are known as one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It stands to reason, then, that the importance of finding ways of reducing inflammation without the use of medication is imperative to good health.

Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain

The human body is an amazing structure. It naturally contains many of the resources necessary for combating pain. Acupuncture works by harnessing these resources in order to help patients reduce the inflammation and pain associated with shoulder disorders.

For example, the body produces compounds similar to morphine—these are known as endorphins. Acupuncture stimulates the peripheral nerves responsible for sending messages to the brain to release endorphins. In other words, acupuncture can achieve pain-relieving results similar to opiate-based pain medications.

On the other hand, the body creates pain on purpose to warn the body that something is wrong. Acupuncture can fight these impulses by decreasing the stimulation of nerve signals that cause pain and inflammation. It does this by helping with the release of serotonin, which interrupts pain signals before they can reach the brain.

Acupuncture at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

Our Red Bank, NJ office employs experienced state-certified acupuncturists in the treatment of shoulder pain. As a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation facility, we also offer chiropractic services, physical therapy, and deep tissue massage.

Contact our Monmouth County office to learn more about acupuncture treatment for shoulder pain.