Pain is a signal between the body and brain that something is out of balance which when left untreated, or masked with over the counter drugs, will become a bigger problem, leading to the imbalance of other systems in the body. That is why it is best to treat pain as soon as it arises.
According to Chinese medicine, when qi (energy) and blood flow is blocked or deficient, there is pain. The area of the body which experiences the discomfort is deprived of adequate qi and blood circulation. Acupuncture treatment may open up blocked areas, which reinstates free flow of qi and blood throughout the body.
Different methods of therapy may be incorporated in treatment. These include acupuncture, massage, cupping, guasha (scraping), moxibustion, Chinese herbs and electro-acupuncture.