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River Clinic Oriental Medicine

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Relieve Pain Disorders Naturally

Of all the diseases acupuncture can be used to treat, it is most famous for the great results achieved in relieving pain. Doctors of Chinese medicine use acupuncture as anaesthesia to perform surgeries in China, and now it is being used in a variety of fields from rehabilitation to natural child birth.

River Clinic approaches pain from a integrated modern and traditional perspective, applying Western anatomy and neurology to the energetic channels identified in ancient acupuncture classics.

These are some of the common pain conditions seen in clinic:

Specific Painful Disorders: Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Plantar Fasciitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Abdominal Pain, Menstrual Pain, Post-Operative Pain, Cancer-Related Pain, Neuropathic Pain, Shingles (PHN).

Pain in Limbs & Joints: Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow, Wrist Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Shin Splints, Ankle Pain.

Pain in the Head & Torso: Headache, Jaw pain (TMJ, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Facial Pain, Earache, Eye Pain

In Oriental medicine, pain occurs when there are blockages in energy channels within the body. Acupuncturist are able to alleviate pain with such success because different types of blockages are treated differently. Sharp pain is attributed to blood stasis while an aching, stiff pain is due to Qi stagnation. Pain with weakness or numbness is caused by deficiency of Qi and blood in the channels. Pain with edema or heavy sensations in the body represent blockages due to dampness accumulation. In complex case, these stagnating factors often appear in combination.

At the same time, the location of pain is also important in order to identify which channel(s) require balancing. The channels often overlap multiple anatomical structures including nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The sciatic nerve, for example, overlaps with both Gallbladder and Bladder channels.

The selection of different acupuncture points correctly addresses each patient’s unique problem. By using personalized point combinations, we are able to unblock Qi, move blood, eliminate dampness or nourish the tissues along any given channel pathway to effectively alleviate pain.


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