Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain

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Overview

Traditional Chinese medicine attributes the purpose of acupuncture to the stimulating of the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy flow, which control the circulation of blood and affects the body’s response to illness, pain, and disease. By inserting needles into specific pathways called meridians that act as a kind of channel for the Qi, acupuncturists can disrupt blockages and restore the body’s normal Qi flow.

Current research shows acupuncture to be a safe and effective treatment for shoulder pain, especially as it relates to rotator cuff tendonitis, frozen shoulder, subacromial impingement syndrome, and rehab following surgery.

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RISK: 5/5

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Acupuncture is generally considered a very safe procedure when performed by a licensed practitioner.

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