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Treating Shoulder Pain in San Diego

by Jared Lien RN Licensed Acupuncturist

    Surfers! Cross fitters! Athletes in San Diego! Do your shoulders hurt after a hard work out or long surf session? How long have you been dealing with shoulder pain? You might be dealing with tendinitis in your rotator cuff or bicep tendon. Did you know shoulder pain is the 3rd most common area for musculoskeletal pain.[1]These injuries may start out as a simple muscle strain, but if they continue to hurt week after week, you might be dealing with something more serious. Chronic tendinitis can set in and limit your ability to work out. Chronic shoulder pain may also lead to insomnia & poor sleep due to pain. Chronic tendinitis can take weeks or months to heal up so don't hesitate if your having some nagging shoulder pain. A trial of acupuncture for shoulder pain concluded that acupuncture is an effective long-term treatment for patients with shoulder pain (from soft-tissue lesions) in a primary care setting. [1]   

  My advice: Get yourself in for some acupuncture treatments this week. Acupuncture is great at treating muscle pain, strain & tendinitis due to overworking a muscle. Acupuncture stimulates your vascular, nervous & immune system. Stimulating these systems triggers a large amount of blood, nutrients & white blood cells to the heal the area.
    With your acupuncture treatment we have several other healing modalities used to decrease pain. Fire cupping helps bring heat & new blood to the area. Many people witnessed the olympic athletes with circular purple bruising on them, this is due to cupping being left in one place for too long. Moxabustion, moist heat packs, massage, chinese herbal lineaments & chinese internal formulas are other ways we stimulate the healing systems in your body.
    Get yourself scheduled today to stimulate your healing system. Don’t wait until its turned into chronic pain as this takes longer to treat. Book your appointment today at Lienonmeacupuncture.com. 

1. Fu, Q.-N., Shi, G.-X., Li, Q.-Q., He, T., Liu, B.-Z., Sun, S.-F., … Liu, C.-Z. (2014). Acupuncture at local and distal points for chronic shoulder pain: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 15, 130. http://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-15-130