Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture for shoulder pain, Acupuncture Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC

Does this sound familiar?

You have an all day seminar today and you're excited to be out of the office you attend 5 days per week. You've heard the presenter is very well known, so the information should be interesting. 

You get to the seminar, find comfortable seating and become engaged in the content the speaker is presenting. About an hour into the presentation, a deep heavy achy pain on the left side of your shoulder develops. You cannot shift your body too much because you will turn away from the speaker. You place your opposite hand on your shoulder and give it a tight squeeze to alleviate the pain. It feels good while your hand is in place, but does not last long. Now you have to endure this pain for the remainder of the presentation. 

What does this pain mean?

The pain on top of your shoulder presenting with a deep heavy sensation is very popular with most people and is directly related to acupuncture point Gallbladder 21. 

Each acupuncture point along the body belongs to a specific organ. In this case Gallbladder 21 is a point along the Gallbladder channel. The channel starts at the eye, goes to the head, the shoulder, the side of the body and down to the feet. 

How can Acupuncture help?

Most people has this type of pain, no matter their occupation. When I am palpating tender points along the body, the point on top of the shoulder is almost always one of them.

Here is how I treat this pain. Before beginning acupuncture, I loosen the muscle with a little tuina massage. I grasp and pull and rock until the muscle becomes nice and loose. This also helps with acupuncture insertion, tight muscles can sometimes be resistant. After tuina, acupuncture happens. Gallbladder 21 is the first point I'll use, but it is often coupled with other points along the channel.

When acupuncture is inserted, I'll usually add electrical stimulation to get a stronger effect with relaxing the muscle. When the acupuncture session is complete, cupping is added. This is a bonus and will have the shoulder feeling loose and fluid. An organic oil is applied to the area and warm cups are glided across the skin. This effect increases further relaxing.

What you can do yourself.

If you are into essential oils, there's a good blend to use (you can mix yourself). It contains peppermint, wintergreen, clover bud, and helichrysum. I purchase this already mixed. The oil should be massaged into the skin, make sure to use a carrier oil, like coconut, to avoid irritation. You can also use pain patches when you are anticipating being in the same position for a prolonged period of time. The pain patch I give my patients is called Pain Terminator and it is amazing!

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