When assessing pain it is important to distinguish between acute and chronic pain issues. With acute pain correcting muscle disfunction might be an adequate treatment approach. Chronic pain, however, can develop a complex pattern within the brain and may require a multi system targeted treatment to help decrease sensitivity to stimuli from the environment and stress as well as blocking pain signals through the nervous system.
It is important to fill out your full health questionnaire for your appointment. Although pain might always seem muscle or joint-related there may be other factors that are keeping you in discomfort. You are a part of your healing process. We work together as a team to manage your pain so it is important to be mindful of your experience and to be honest as we progress.
Visual Inspection and Palpation
Your acupuncturist will visually look over the affected area for any abnormalities. On occasion, a patient may be referred out if an infection or something more serious is suspected. Other inspection includes the assessment of muscles and joints through testing and palpation as well as visual inspection of gait and posture.