Acupuncture might be best known for the treatment of pain, as there is a mountain of research to back up its efficacy. Acupuncture stimulates peripheral nerves in the skin, which relay messages to the brain, creating a cascade of physiological effects such as the blocking of pain receptors (the gate control theory of pain) and the increased release of neurotransmitters such as beta-endorphins, met-enkephalin and seratonin, all of which are effective in blocking pain. Recently, researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey used functional MRI to prove that acupuncture decreased brain activity correlated with lowered pain perception in volunteers.
At Double Happiness Health, practitioners will listen to your concerns and take a full health history, we then evaluate your range of motion and reflexes, perform orthopedic tests as needed along with evaluating imaging reports and labs to determine the source of your pain. Our practitioners are trained in dry needling local trigger points as well as utilizing gentle distal meridian points to effectively reduce pain and increase function. Besides dry needling and meridian acupuncture, our strategies might include electro-acupuncture, gua sha, cupping, myofascial release as well as herbal, supplement, lifestyle and dietary recommendations.
Some of the common pain conditions we treat include:
Low back pain
Repetitive strain injury
A/C joint shoulder pain
Rotator cuff injury
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Carpal Tunnel syndrome
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis