Are you suffering shoulder pain or injury? Have you tried injections, medications, maybe even surgeries? Acupuncture Helps With Shoulder Pain!

The thing many patients aren’t aware of, is natural alternative medicine treatments. Acupuncture for shoulder pain includes the treatment of ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the joint.

At Augusta Acupuncture Clinic, we correct shoulder pain naturally. By using acupuncture to communicate with the body’s neuromuscular system, improving muscle memory and relieving shoulder pain. Let’s dissect this process a little further.

Shoulder Pain Explained

The shoulder joint is one of the most commonly injured parts of the body during physical activities. This is because it has the highest range of motion and is more flexible than any other joint in the body. Making it a high risk for injury.

Alongside common injury, the shoulder is used daily and repetitively. Which causes the cartilage and bones to be broken down over time.

When the shoulder gets injured, the process of healing can take a long time. Making it hard for not only previous problems to heal, but also creating a lower chance of preventing serious injury from happening again in the future.

Most shoulder problems fall into four categories:
-Tendon inflammation, tendinitis, or tendon tear.
-Instability
-Arthritis
-Fracture, or break.

Other less common causes of shoulder pain could be tumors, infection, or nerve-related problems.

The severity and cause of shoulder injuries will vary. Not all injuries have the same treatment plan or can be relieved with medications. Getting the right care is essential for any recovery and Augusta Acupuncture wants to help you find relief naturally and from the root cause.

Acupuncture can be a more natural, holistic approach to healing your shoulder pain.

Shoulder Injuries treated with acupuncture 

Though shoulder injuries are seen a lot, there are some more common types of shoulder pain that are treated naturally by acupuncture.

By inserting and stimulating fine needles into acupuncture points along the body’s meridians, at Augusta Acupuncture Clinic, we use this natural approach to help release pain neurotransmitters, called endorphins, and remove any blockage within the surrounding area of your shoulder pain. Projecting the body to heal itself, naturally. Which over time promotes faster recovery from injury and helps create a life without shoulder pain! Following are some well known types of shoulder pain that acupuncture may relieve.

Sprain/Strain in Shoulder

This is a less severe injury to the shoulder. A lot of times patients with sprained, or strained shoulders are told to use the RICE method: rest, ice, compress, elevate. Now this may work for the time and make the pain subside, but the problem with this quick fix is the damaged tissue left after injury. Which can lead to future injury and repetitive damage to the same place. That puts you at risk for permanent shoulder damage. The reason acupuncture helps this type of shoulder pain is because you need to reduce the risk of tissue in your shoulder from becoming inflamed. That will help keep scar tissue from building inside. Letting the body heal naturally and normally.

Shoulder Tendinitis/Tendinosis

The tendons in your shoulder are usually strong and durable, but over time strenuous activity can lead to those tendons becoming weak, causing the tendons to become inflamed. This is called tendinitis. In more severe cases, known as tendinosis. The way acupuncture helps this shoulder pain is by activating more oxygen and blood flow to those damaged tendons. Once again, helping your body heal faster and naturally.

“Frozen Shoulder”


More scientifically known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder could be described how it sounds. Creating immobility and deep pain in the shoulder, this causes the shoulder capsules from the shoulder blade to upper arm to ‘freeze’.

When using acupuncture to treat frozen shoulders, patients need to know the urgency of seeking care as soon as possible.

The longer it goes untreated, the more chronic it becomes. With stages left longer than 3 months, the damage can move to the neck and back. Creating a less likely chance of success with acupuncture treatment. Early stages have shown great chances of recovery.

Traditional Treatments

When it comes to shoulder pain and injury, traditional treatment may find you in a difficult position.

Anyone suffering from shoulder pain is probably desperate for relief. No one wants to get through the day trying to nurse and ignore shoulder pain. But some of these traditional treatments may do more harm than good.

A lot of doctors treat shoulder pain with prescriptions and over the counter medications. While these may relieve shoulder pain temporarily, natural treatment doesn’t include the same lousy side effects as these medications.

Some common medications prescribed to treat shoulder pain may include a variety of the following:

  • Anti Inflammatories (NSAIDs)
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Pain Medications

With these medications, come possible side effects. While some may not, you’re still only covering up the problem by temporarily relieving pain. When it comes to helping shoulder pain, acupuncture allows your body to naturally heal itself. Traditional treatments provide temporary fixes to recurring injuries.

How Acupuncture Helps With Shoulder Pain

Recent studies of acupuncture for shoulder pain also show:

  • The release of body’s natural chemical opioids that interact with your body to prevent pain signals.
    Widening of blood vessels and increased oxygen flow to the area of injury.
  • Faster healing time of the injured tissues, allowing quicker pain relief and faster recovery time.

So, after reading hopefully you can see the possible natural relief acupuncture brings to shoulder painWith many different routes of treatment for shoulder pain, there’s no reason to keep using harsh medications to cover up your pain. Allow your body to heal itself and regenerate the tissue that’s been damaged.

Our Approach to Shoulder Pain

At Augusta Acupuncture Clinic, Dr. Sherrell is qualified and highly educated in the field of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Offering patients who are struggling with shoulder pain natural relief.

We want to create effective shoulder pain relief and see the difference it makes in your life. Providing natural and positive healing, we believe that acupuncture can help with shoulder pain.

Take the first steps toward a life without shoulder pain. By becoming open to more natural ways of healing, acupuncture and wellness. Contact us today!