Pain & Injury

Pain Management     Sports Medicine     Orthopedic Therapy
Chronic Pain      Soft Tissue Injury      Fracture

Stephanie practices integrative orthopedic therapy, bringing together acupuncture, deep tissue massage and manual therapies, grounded in western orthopedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine training,  to treat neuromuscular injury and chronic pain.

Conditions Treated Include:
  • Low Back, Neck & Thoracic Spine Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Sprained Ankles
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Knee and Shoulder Pain & Dysfunction
  • Tendinitis (e.g. Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Achilles Tendinitis)
  • Migraines and Other Headaches
  • Muscle Pain, Spasms and Cramps
  • Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Acute Injuries (i.e. bruising, sprains, pulled muscles)
  • TMJ, Bell’s Palsy, Facial Pain
  • Chronic Pain Conditions (e.g. RSD, fibromyalgia, side effects of cancer therapy)

Acupuncture, massage and manual orthopedic therapy are supportive to physical therapy and exercise-based rehabilitation programs. Incorporating an acupuncture component into one's treatment plan is a safe and simple strategy to support health and recovery.

Acupuncture, Pain Relief & Healing:

Acupuncture stimulates:
  •  Endorphins & other neurotransmitters to control pain
  •  Leukocytes to fight infection & boost immune response
  •  Prostaglandins to reduce inflammation & swelling to prevent tissue damage
  •  Nerve conduction to regenerate healthy tissue & restore muscle tone
  •  Quicker recovery from soft tissue injury, surgery & fracture
  •  Homeostatic normalization & regulation of  body functions

Acupuncture exerts a powerful analgesic effect on the body's perception of pain.  As a tool for rehabilitation, acupuncture can be used to impact mending bone, support the regeneration of healthy tissue and help to restore muscle tone.  Acupuncture plays a vital role in the healing process, by directly stimulating the bones, muscles, and nerves, and by supporting the body's innate healing capacity.

Tools Used in the Treatment of Pain & Injury 
  •  acupuncture
  •  electroacupuncture & dry needling
  • cupping
  •  moxibustion
  •  manual orthopedic therapy
  •  sports & deep tissue massage
  •  therapeutic exercises

Herbal Therapy for Pain & Injury
In addition to acupuncture and manual therapy, Stephanie prescribes Chinese herbal medicines and nutritional therapy and supplementation to support recovery.  Herbal medicines are prescribed internally to decrease inflammation, decrease pain, and accelerate tissue healing. Herbal soaks and plasters are utilized to speed tendon, ligament, and bone healing.

"bu tong ze tong, tong bu ze tong" 
"no free flow=pain; free flow=no pain"
-The Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine, ca 200BCE

Links to Articles by Stephanie on Integrative Orthopedic Medicine Topics:

Scientific Research on Acupuncture & Pain Management

Relieve Low Back Pain with Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine

Relieve Pain with Chinese Herbs

Dry Needling Vs. Acupuncture

Uses & Mechanisms of Dry Needling

Recommended Reading:

A Tooth from the Tiger's Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors.  by Tom Bisio, Acupuncturist, Herbalist & martial artist.