Painful Disorder

Ankle Pain

When acute, pain is often due to a sprain. A chronic pain may indicate arthritis.

Arthritis – Pain

Electro-acupuncture is highly effective in the treatment of Arthritis in its various forms. Treatment is based on the part of the body that is affected i.e. elbow, back, knee etc.

Back Pain – General

Electro-acupuncture is highly effective in the treatment of pain in general. As with arthritis, treatment is based on the part of the body that is affected.

Back pain – Lower – Lumbar

This is most commonly due to narrowed discs in the lower lumbar spine. Occasionally the cause can be a prolapsed inter vertebral disc and in these cases the pain often extends into the leg. If this does not respond satisfactorily to treatment a competent osteopathic, chiropractic or orthopaedic opinion should be sought. A very small proportion of these cases will require surgery and removal of the protruding disc. In all cases, however, it is essential to try conservative measures first. Electro-Acupuncture is successful at relieving chronic low back pain in many cases.

Back Pain – Middle – Thoracic – Thoracic Spinal Injuries (to the Chest Spine)

Sometimes an injury is sustained to the middle of the spine. Many sportsmen and women suffer with facet joint problems (the small joints at the back of each vertebra). Electro-Acupuncture is an excellent method of treating this problem.

Neck Pain – arthritis – stiffness

Neck pain is most commonly due to arthritis, sometimes called cervical spondylosis. A qualified osteopathic or chiropractic opinion is often helpful in the treatment of this problem. Electro-Acupuncture however, can be a highly effective method of treatment..

Gout and Pain in Big Toe

Gout is a disorder in which the chemical processes of the body are upset, resulting in excess uric-acid salts collecting in various organs. Men between the ages of 20 and 60 are the most susceptible to gout. The condition rarely affects women. The symptoms are the sudden onset of severe pain, swelling and tenderness of affected joints – for some reason the big toe joints are the most likely to be affected.

Coccyx – Painful – Coccydynia

Pain in the coccyx (lowest segment of the spine) or surrounding area is usually caused by injury and either occurs when sitting or is made worse when sitting. This condition is more commen in women, in whom the coccyx is less well protected.

Cramp

Cramp is due to spasm in the blood vessels supplying the muscles of the leg, particularly the calf. Electro-Acupuncture can be used as a prevention and in many cases will actually prevent cramps from occurring. In the event of a cramp however, Electro-Acupuncture should be used immediately.

Ear Pain – Ear Ache

Earache can arise from a variety of causes, if it is an infection, with a discharge, antibiotics are probably needed. If treated early enough with the Electro-Acupuncture it can often be resolved without resorting to medication. If after 24 hours of treatment there is no improvement you should consult a doctor.

Tennis Elbow – arthritis

Tennis Elbow – arthritis This is due to inflammation of the muscle at the point where it joins the bone at the outer edge of the Humerus.

Facial Neuralgia (Tic Doloreux)

This condition is also sometimes called trigeminal neuralgia. It is characterised by a severe stabbing, often lancing, pain which can occur in various parts of the face. In some cases its severity can even make eating and talking difficult.e Electro-Acupuncture on its own is not the most appropriate form of treatment for either condition.

Foot pain – arthritis

This can be due to strain, but could also be caused by arthritis.

Shoulder pain – frozen – arthritis

This is a common problem and should be treated vigorously. If shoulder pain is left for more than a month then a frozen shoulder may ensue. Stiffness of the joint and pain become troublesome features. In a chronically painful and stiff shoulder physiotherapy is a usual approach to treatment. Now Electro-Acupuncture is an alternative option for treating the pain.

Intercostal neuralgia

This is due to irritation of the Intercostal nerves. These originate from the spine at the back and pass around either side of the chest just below each rib. They can cause pain and breathing difficulty.
Accurate diagnosis is very important because this symptom occurring on the left side of the body could signify angina (heart pain). It could also indicate pleurisy on either side. Treatment for both of these ailments involves other important measures and therefore Electro-Acupuncture on its own is not the most appropriate form of treatment for either condition.

Jaw Pain – arthritis – TMJ

This is sometimes accompanied by tempromandibular arthritis. Treatment with Electro-Acupuncture is often highly effective.

Knee Pain – Arthritis

In older people this is often due to arthritis of the knee, and in younger people, damage to the Cartilages in the knee joint is generally the culprit. Occasionally these Cartilages are torn due to a twisting injury. The knee can sometimes lock when the torn cartilage sticks in the joint making removal of the cartilage (or a part of it) the most likely remedy. Generally though, the use of Electro-Acupuncture is highly effective in treating knee pain.

Neck Pain – arthritis – stiffness

Neck pain is most commonly due to arthritis, sometimes called cervical spondylosis. A qualified osteopathic or chiropractic opinion is often helpful in the treatment of this problem. Electro-Acupuncture however, can be a highly effective method of treatment.

Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) P.M.S.

This is a common problem and Electro-Acupuncture is often an effective method of treatment. Other measures may also be necessary, one of the useful approaches that can be applied at home is to take zinc and magnesium supplementation as well as Vitamin B6, G.L.A.

Renal (kidney) colic

This is pain due to the passage of a hard object (usually a kidney stone) down the urethra which is the tube passing from the kidney to the bladder. Pain is often severe and Electro-Acupuncture is often a useful method of treatment.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Increasing intensity of industrial, computer, typewriter, and sports activities has led to wider recognition of over-use injuries (generally known as repetitive strain injuries). Over-use relates to repetitive, usually stereotyped, performance of limited movement patterns. These are generally highly specific for the activity concerned e.g. typing, tennis, kicking, using a screwdriver. The first principle of treatment is to rest and to avoid the repetitive action which caused the pain.
Refer to the index, then treat according to the instructions for the part of the body where treatment is required e.g. wrist, elbow, neck etc., and with particular attention to all local tender (Ash-Shi) points. For example, Carpal Tunnel .

Sciatica

This is pain radiated down the sciatic nerve which runs down the back of the leg onto the outer aspect of the foot. Sciatica does not always mean that there is a prolapsed intervertebral disc (a so-called “slipped disc”) present. The majority of cases of sciatica respond well to a conservative approach as exemplified by Electro-Acupuncture. A very small proportion may require surgery..

Scoliosis – sideways curvature of the spine

Scoliosis, sideways curvature of the spine, may be structural, beginning in childhood or adolescence and increasing until growth stops; or the result of an attempt to relieve pain in the spine, caused for example by a slipped disc.

Shingles

This is an infection due to the herpes zoster virus (this is the same as the chicken pox virus). It results in a vesicular rash often present in a diagonal orientation running downward from the back towards the front. It is often situated somewhere over the chest or the abdomen and is a particularly painful condition.
Electro-Acupuncture can be regarded as an effective method of treatment. In some cases the pain from shingles can become chronic giving rise to a condition known as post-herpetic neuralgia. This is much more difficult to treat but Electro-Acupuncture is always a good option. To prevent the ailment becoming chronic, it is all the more essential to treat shingles vigorously in the acute stage.

Shoulder pain – frozen – arthritis

This is a common problem and should be treated vigorously. If shoulder pain is left for more than a month then a frozen shoulder may ensue. Stiffness of the joint and pain become troublesome features. In a chronically painful and stiff shoulder physiotherapy is a usual approach to treatment. Now Electro-Acupuncture is an alternative option for treating the pain.

Tennis Elbow – arthritis

Tennis Elbow – arthritis This is due to inflammation of the muscle at the point where it joins the bone at the outer edge of the Humerus.

Thumb pain – arthritis

The most common thumb pain is due to Osteo-arthritis, injury or, when it is acute or chronic, rheumatoid arthritis.

Toothache (lower jaw)

Only use Electro-Acupuncture as a stop-gap “first aid” measure prior to seeing the dentist, it is not intended as a substitute for proper dental care

Toothache (upper jaw)

The same comments apply as toothache in the lower jaw.

Varicose Veins

Veins in the legs become swollen and twisted. The condition is increasingly common from the late teens onwards and, in women, it often begins at the time of pregnancy. Electro-Acupuncture can help in providing comfort from the symptoms.

Wrist pain – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is most often due to strain caused by excessive use. It can occasionally be due to arthritis (most commonly rheumatoid arthritis). Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is due to compression of the median nerve which passes deep to the front surface of the wrist. When compressed this gives rise to painful tingling sensations in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger. Electro-Acupuncture is an effective way of treating this and the most important points to use are P6 & P7. Also take 100mg vitamin B6 daily.

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