Say Goodbye to Chronic Pain: How Acupotomy Can Help Relieve Frozen Shoulder, Herniated Discs, and Long-Term Pain

If you’re dealing with chronic pain that makes simple tasks unbearable, acupotomy might be the solution you’ve been searching for.

From frozen shoulder to herniated discs and persistent pain, this innovative therapy can offer significant relief. Dr. Xinfang Lai explains the wonders of acupotomy and how it can be a game-changer for those suffering from these conditions.

Say Goodbye to Chronic Pain: How Acupotomy Can Help Relieve Frozen Shoulder, Herniated Discs, and Long-Term Pain

What is Acupotomy?

Acupotomy combines elements of traditional Chinese acupuncture and Western surgical techniques. Developed in 1976 by Professor Hanzhang Zhu in Nanjing,

China, this treatment has a rich history spanning nearly 50 years. It merges the “needle” of acupuncture with the “knife” of surgery to create a unique therapeutic tool. Acupotomy involves using a specialized needle-knife to release adhesions, calcified soft tissues, and tight muscles, thereby reducing pain and restoring function.

How Acupotomy Differs from Traditional Acupuncture

While both acupotomy and acupuncture use needles made of stainless steel and are designed for single use to ensure hygiene and safety, the needle-knife used in acupotomy is different.

It features a flat, fan-shaped head rather than a sharp point, which allows it to effectively break up adhesions and calcifications. This design makes acupotomy particularly effective for releasing tight muscles and alleviating pressure.

The Process and Benefits of Acupotomy

Acupotomy is minimally invasive, leaving behind only tiny puncture marks rather than large incisions.

This means no scarring, no stitches, and no need for anesthesia, reducing the risks associated with traditional surgery.

Each session lasts about 10 minutes, significantly less time than acupuncture, making it a convenient option for busy individuals.

Key Benefits:

  • Minimal Invasiveness: No large incisions or stitches.
  • Quick Sessions: Each treatment takes about 10 minutes.
  • Immediate Relief: Patients often experience significant pain reduction after just a few sessions.
  • No Anesthesia Needed: Reduces the risks associated with surgical procedures.
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Real-Life Success Stories

Dr. Lai recounts a case where a 60-year-old woman experienced severe right shoulder pain for over six years, making it impossible for her to lift her arm above her head.

After just eight sessions of acupotomy, she regained full mobility and could perform daily activities without pain.

Another patient, a 35-year-old man with chronic lower back and hip pain, found relief after just four treatments, allowing him to sleep comfortably and enjoy activities with his family again.

How Acupotomy Works on Adhesions

Adhesions form as a natural response to injury, where damaged tissues and surrounding soft tissues stick together during the healing process.

These internal scar tissues can cause deep, persistent pain and limit joint mobility. Acupotomy targets these adhesions directly, breaking them down and promoting blood circulation and tissue repair.

Common Conditions Treated with Acupotomy:

  • Frozen Shoulder: Often caused by adhesive capsulitis, leading to severe shoulder pain and limited mobility.
  • Herniated Discs: Protrusions that cause back and leg pain by pressing on nerves.
  • Chronic Muscle Pain: Persistent pain due to tight, overworked muscles.
Acupuncture specialist inserting needle into patient's back due treatment. She is stimulating energy flow through the...

Considerations Before Undergoing Acupotomy

While acupotomy is highly effective, it’s not suitable for everyone. Pregnant women, individuals with keloid scarring tendencies, or those taking anticoagulant medications should avoid this treatment.

To prevent fainting, patients should not be fasting for more than four hours before treatment but also should avoid being overly full.

Post-Treatment Care:

  • Initial Care: Ice the treated area for the first 48 hours to reduce bruising, then switch to heat therapy.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoid baths, swimming, massages, and strenuous exercises for the first two days.
  • Recovery: Light stretching and rehabilitation exercises can resume after the initial recovery period.

Achieving Optimal Results with Acupotomy

Patients typically require multiple sessions based on the severity of their condition. Mild cases may need 3-6 treatments, while more severe cases could require 8-10 or more.

Dr. Lai emphasizes the importance of complementing acupotomy with regular exercise and stretching to maintain muscle and joint flexibility and prevent the recurrence of adhesions.

Acupotomy offers a promising alternative for those suffering from chronic pain and mobility issues. With its minimally invasive nature and significant benefits, it’s an excellent option to consider for lasting relief and improved quality of life.


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