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Acupuncture for Pain

Pain is a signal. It is the body’s way of telling us that something is not right. Acupuncture medicine can ease pain, but its special skill is finding and correcting the root cause of pain, the reason for the signal.

If you like to read research, check out this meta-analysis of research on acupuncture's effectiveness for pain by Sloan Kettering Cancer Center et. al.

Some examples

Back pain

Plantar fasciitis


Joint pain


Frozen shoulder

Muscle pain

Acute or chronic injury  

Post-operative pain

Abdominal pain

Neck pain





What treatment looks like
  • We treat pain aggressively at first with frequent acupuncture visits then taper down as you find relief. In the long run, many of our patients walk away pain free while others return only occasionally for a tune up.

  • We'll use a combination of tools to help relieve the pain you’re feeling now and address its underlying cause. These include acupuncture, herbal medicine, topical ointments and liniments, as well as high impact self care routines.

  • We'll probably ask you document your pain daily in a "pain diary" so that we can get an accurate picture of your experience, change approaches if needed, and ultimately watch your pain resolve together.

Jennifer's Story

Two years after a spinal cord injury, I was still in constant pain and my hands were about 60% paralyzed. Nothing had worked - PT, drugs, Occupational Therapy, massage - but after one visit, I was able to get through the day without debilitating pain. I still go regularly for tune-ups that have kept me well enough to continue working in a career I love. I'm grateful to have found someone so skilled. Literally saved my life.

From Jonathan's article published in the Journal of Acupuncture & Meridian Studies

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