The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that help stabilize the shoulder joint. When these tissues are injured, it can cause pain, weakness, and decreased range of motion. A torn rotator cuff is a common injury that can be caused by overuse, repetitive movements, or a fall.
There are many different treatments for a torn rotator cuff, including surgery, physical therapy, and medication. Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy that has been shown to be effective in relieving pain and improving function in people with rotator cuff injuries.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. These points are believed to be connected to channels of energy, or qi, that flow through the body. When the needles are inserted, they stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers. Acupuncture can also help to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow to the injured area.
A study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that acupuncture was effective in reducing pain and improving function in people with rotator cuff injuries. The study participants received 12 acupuncture treatments over the course of 6 weeks. The results showed that the acupuncture group had significantly less pain and improved function than the control group, which received sham acupuncture.
Another study, published in the journal The American Journal of Sports Medicine, found that acupuncture was effective in reducing pain and improving function in people with rotator cuff tears. The study participants received 10 acupuncture treatments over the course of 4 weeks. The results showed that the acupuncture group had significantly less pain and improved function than the control group, which received physical therapy.
If you are suffering from a torn rotator cuff, acupuncture may be a helpful complementary treatment option. Talk to your doctor about whether acupuncture is right for you.
Here are some of the benefits of using acupuncture for rotator cuff pain:
It can help to relieve pain and inflammation.
It can improve range of motion.
It can help to reduce muscle spasms.
It can promote healing of the injured tissues.
It is a safe and effective treatment.
If you are considering acupuncture for rotator cuff pain, here are some things to keep in mind:
Find a qualified acupuncturist who is experienced in treating shoulder injuries.
Be sure to tell your acupuncturist about all of your medical conditions.
Acupuncture is performed after a thorough consultation so that your acupuncture physician can evaluate your condition and decide the best course of treatment for you.
If you are looking for a natural way to relieve the pain and improve the function of your torn rotator cuff, acupuncture may be a good option for you. Call for a consultation to begin.