Dr. Maryam Mahanian, DTCM, RAc
Treating Soreness, Pain and Injury with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Dr. Maryam uses acupuncture and a number of other modalities under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese medicine to treat pain – effectively, naturally and without side effects.
How does Dr. Maryam treat Pain?
The modalities used for pain treatment include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, acupressure with medicinal topical oils with Acupuncture being the most commonly used. Acupuncture is time-tested and has been used successfully for pain for literally thousands of years.
How Does Acupuncture Relieve Pain?
So how does acupuncture relieve pain? Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into the body. By inserting these small needles into specific sites on the body, the needles trigger a response from the nervous system. This response from the nervous system leads our brain to:
release a cascade of natural painkillers (endorphins and enkephalins),
increase blood flow to the painful area,
relax the muscles in the surrounding area.
A simple way of understanding how it works is that when the needle penetrates the skin, the body sees it as a form of an injury. The body then responds by sending blood and other nutrients to that specific area to speed healing. In my opinion, this is the best way to explain how acupuncture improves blood circulation.
Cupping can be magical for the treatment of muscle tension, aching and musle soreness. It brings more blood to the surface and helps with detoxing the lymphatic system.
Moxibustion (called moxa for short) is effective as an added tool in Dr. Maryam’s clinic for pain treatment. Moxa warms up the channels of the body to promote better blood circulation in the muscles & joints. So it’s create for muscle soreness treatment. Dr. Maryam can teach you how to administer moxa on yourself and send you home with moxa sticks.
Acupressure & Topical Liniments
Dr. Maryam will often follow an acupuncture treatment with brief acupressure using topical Chinese medical oils and liniments. Containing key Chinese medicine herbal ingredients, these topicals are helpful in aiding blood circulation and easing muscle tension. They are available for purchase in clinic or on the online shop.
TDP Heat Lamp
The TDP lamp uses infrared heat and is placed over the painful area. The purpose of the heat is to warm and relax the area, move blood towards the needles and make the treatment more effective and more relaxing. You’ll love this part!
Acupuncture helps any sort of pain ranging from neck and shoulder tension, headaches and migraines, arthritis pain, lower back pain and sciatica and even menstrual cramps.