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Helping with pain from all sources has been acupuncture’s crowning glory. More research has been done on acupuncture and its affect on the pain and inflammatory mechanisms than perhaps any other area. When people think of acupuncture, they typically think it's only for pain. Although it is used for many other conditions, pain relief is almost a certainty.


Acupuncture works by various actions on the body. It stimulates the central nervous system to release various chemicals, such as neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals dull pain, reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system to heal tissue and other actions. It also stimulates the pain-suppressing receptors in the tissues in the localized area of pain.


What is most important is not just managing pain. It is treating the person. If the pain is localized due to trauma or injury (such as a sports injury, auto accident injury or lifting injury), then we treat more locally. But if the pain is due to digestive issues, fibromyalgia, headache or other more systemic condition, we treat the underlying cause of the problem. The side effect (so to speak) is that the when the condition is healed, the symptom (pain) goes away too.


A good practitioner uses various methods of relieving the patients underlying condition that is causing the pain. This could include acupuncture, herbal medicine (such as anti-inflammatory herbs), and nutrition to provide the building blocks for tissue repair. They may also include exercises such as stretching, tai chi, or bodywork such as massage.


You don’t have to suffer.  Make an appointment today!


At the time I started my acupuncture treatments, I had an ankle that had been hurting me all the time as a result of problems with an ankle surgery I had five years ago.  I had been to many different doctors and it hurt less, but was not resolved.  Now, with the acupuncture, it is so much better! - Sherie

Before coming to see Dr. Carling I was in extreme neck pain.  It was aweful!  I was heavily medicated.  I had horrible migraines.  I had no life.  I was in bed most of the time.  My doctor had wanted to do neck surgery for 4 years.  I did not want that.


Now?  Score!  I feel like a brand new person.  The last few days have been stupendous, monumental!  I’m now at a level 3 (previously at an 8) pain which is my pre-accident pain level.  Now, I’m working towards getting that down to a level 0.  I haven’t taken Maxalt in a week for migraines.  I used to need to take it daily and sometimes twice daily.


The acupuncture surprised me the way it crept up on me.  I felt a little temporary relief with the first treatment and like it wasn’t working.  Then all of a sudden one day, I realized that I was feeling better! - Sue

What a relief it was for me to receive acupuncture treatments

from you!


Admittedly, I was in desperate condition when I came to you.  Pinched nerves in the balls of my feet (Mortens neuromas) made walking or wearing shoes nearly impossible.  I will always remember how the morning after my first session, I woke up to the surprise that I did not feel the normal burning pain in my feet! - Michele

Before I came to see Dr. Carling, I had been experiencing back pain every day for years.  Every day was a hassle, having to compensate for my back.  I tried a variety of tings including hot water, massage and physical therapy, trying to find a solution.  For a long time, I even took an over-the-counter pain medication every 3-4 hours.  Some of these things gave me short-term relief, but none solved the problem.


After only a few acupuncture treatments, my low back pain is completely gone and my upper back is progressing better and better with each treatment.


I was so surprised that the acupuncture actually worked, and I am so grateful that I tried it! - Sylvia

Before I came to see Dr. Carling, I had been experiencing severe right shoulder pain for two years and I had just begun experiencing shoulder pain on the left side as well.  The right shoulder had to be massaged and re-adjusted every night by my husband and I couldn’t lift my left arm up to my shoulder.  I constantly had to baby my shoulder and I felt like I was a burden to other people in my life.  I would cry to my husband at night, “I am tired of being in pain.”


I had tried everything including my medical doctor, physical therapy and chiropractic.  Nothing helped!  Trying acupuncture was my last resort, shot in the dark, after everything else had failed.


Now, after only a few treatments, I am completely out of pain.  If I hadn’t suffered for the last two years, I wouldn’t even know there was a problem.  My symptoms are completely gone!  I am so grateful and amazed! - Kim

Neck Pain