Acupuncture & Pain

Feeling frustrated and tired of being in pain?

Pain can leave us feeling frustrated and stuck in our lives, as we are not able to fully participate in our lives in a full and meaningful way.  We all deserve and desire to live vibrantly healthy, pain free lives.  Acupuncture can make this desire possible.  Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for pain reduction.  It gets to the root of the issue by unblocking stagnant “qi” or life force energy.  Acupuncture works by restoring the body, increasing circulation, reducing inflammation, and decreasing pain without side affects.

Using a gentle needle technique, Shannon utilizes Traditional Chinese acupuncture, yuan qi acupuncture (an ancient healing system of acupuncture that is powerful at reducing pain), massage, cupping, gua sha, electro-acupuncture and her own unique form of energy work to significantly reduce pain and increase the quality of her patients lives.  

Acupuncture can treat many different pain conditions quite successfully.  It has a vast application ranging from:

  • menstrual pain
  • shingles
  • arthritis
  • sciatica
  • back pain
  • joint pain
  • headaches
  • fibromyalgia 
  • sinus pain
  • nerve pain and neuropathy
  • injury recovery

Acupuncture & Pain Research

A clinical large clinical study was done on acupuncture and pain, was carried out over about half a decade, that entailed nearly 18,000 patients. The researchers, who published their results in Archives of Internal Medicine, found that acupuncture outperformed sham treatments and standard care when used by people suffering from osteoarthritis, migraines and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain

According to clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians in 2007, acupuncture is one of several CAM therapies physicians should consider when patients with chronic low-back pain do not respond to conventional treatment. In early, small studies, combining actual acupuncture with conventional treatment was more effective than conventional treatment alone for relieving chronic low-back pain; but actual acupuncture was not more effective than simulated acupuncture or conventional treatment.

A 2008 review of randomized trials on acupuncture highlighted a few well-designed trials whose findings indicate that acupuncture reduces migraine symptoms and is as effective as headache medications.


Madsen MV, Gøtzsche PC, Hróbjartsson A. Acupuncture treatment for pain: systematic review of randomized clinical trials with acupuncture, placebo acupuncture, and no acupuncture groups.BMJ. 2009;338:a3115.