At Chiyu Center, we have extensive experience with successfully resolving chronic pain disorders and other nerve issues.
What causes chronic pain?
Chronic pain can be caused by many factors, and it often starts somewhat mysteriously. Typically, sufferers of chronic pain have systemic inflammation of nerves, muscles, or other tissue. In integrative treatment for chronic pain, we look to reducing inflammation. We have many effective tools for stopping inflammation, and when wisely combined, the results are wonderful. At Chiyu Center, the location of the pain has significance not just from a western standpoint, but also from the East Asian perspective. By bringing these views together, we gain unparalleled insight into what’s really going on, and provide exceptionally effective treatment. These treatments may include acupuncture, injection therapy, traditional usui reiki, and more. (See below)
What is Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy (also known as “peripheral neuritis” or simply “neuropathy”) is weakness, numbness, or pain related to damage to the nerves. It is called “peripheral neuropathy” because it involves the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), the nerves traveling through your hands, feet, and other extremites of your body. Sensations range from tingling to burning, and may be worse at night, making it impossible to sleep, or during the day, making it difficult to walk.
Using conventional medicine alone, there is no cure for neuropathy. Current pharmaceutical medications can lessen the sensation of pain, but cannot reverse damage nor stop the disorder from spreading and progressing.
However, using acupuncture and integrative medicine, we can reduce (or eliminate) the pain immediately, stop nerve issues from spreading and progressing, and even reverse damage and shrink the area affected until it is entirely gone.
Note: While “Restless Leg Syndrome” is considered its own phenomenon in conventional medicine, integrative and East Asian medicine understand that it is similar to neuropathy, and can treat and reverse it just as effectively.
Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia
Like peripheral neuropathy, Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia are nerve disorders related to malfunctioning or damaged nerves. Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia involve the nerves of the face instead of the hands and feet. In both conditions, typically only up to half of the face is typically affected. The primary difference between Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia is that Bell’s Palsy involves paralysis more than pain, and the opposite is true in Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Like with neuropathy, there is no cure for Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia. But there is a potential for full recovery in both conditions with integrative medicine. Constitutional Facial Acupuncture and integrative therapies such as cupping are highly effective for restoring proper facial nerve impulse conduction and muscle movement, and eliminating pain.
Stroke and CNS Paralysis
Stroke is considered to be more of a blood vessel failure than a neurological event. But, after stroke, there can be significant damage to the nervous system, and paralysis. Stroke involves the Central Nervous System (CNS), which includes the brain. Other accidents, such as severe back injury, can also cause paralysis, numbness, tingling, and pain due to damage to the other half of the CNS, the spinal cord.
In stroke-related and other Central Nervous System injury, it is imperative to get integrative medicine – specifically acupuncture – as soon as possible. The best recoveries are obtained in patients that receive acupuncture within 48 hours of the cerebrovascular event. As more time passes, the harder it is to get full recovery. But there is always hope. It is possible to regain lost functions even 2 years after paralysis or the onset of damage.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is another poorly understood but surprisingly common condition. Symptoms include muscle pain and tenderness, fatigue, disturbed sleep, altered mood, and memory difficulties. While western medicine say it can be managed but not cured, we’re not so sure we agree. At Chiyu Center, we have treated patients for fibromyalgia who have had complete relief of symptoms. We cannot pronounce them cured, but after a 5-7 treatments they are happy and pain-free — and we think that speaks for itself!
What is the timeline for treatments – and which are helpful?
At Chiyu Center, we’ve found that many of our treatments are immediately helpful and then fully effective for stopping pain, tingling, numbness, burning, “strange” sensations, fibromyalgia, and general chronic pain. Properly integrated, our therapies can heal and reverse damage to nerves and even prevent a return of the condition.
Typically, patients feel at least an immediate, partial relief of pain or other uncomfortable sensation. The pain or discomfort will begin to return after 3-4 days, which is to be expected. It is imperative to do a follow-up treatment immediately after the pain or other discomfort starts to rise. The follow-up treatment will “nip the pain in the bud” and reinforce how we want the body to work and communicate. Over the next 6-8 weeks, the number of days between treatments is gradually increased, until finally, by approximately 10 treatments, the pain or discomfort is entirely gone, and does not come back at all.
Your treatment plan for chronic pain or nervous system restoration may include:
- Acupuncture & Electro-Acupuncture
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Nutritional Guidance & Supplements
- Cupping and Guasha
- Injection Therapy
- Usui Reiki
How soon will I feel better?
Most patients feel at least partial pain and other symptom relief immediately during their very first treatment. Some patients find themselves astonished to suddenly feel sensations in areas that had been numb for years. (And that’s always a delight!) There is no age limit for experiencing full recovery. The sooner you receive treatment, the better your chances are for full recovery.
Your plan will be specific to you and your unique condition. Acupuncture and other therapies work together in a synergistic fashion. You do not have to use all recommended therapies. Your treatment plan is always up to you. If your condition is unresponsive to acupuncture alone, though, additional therapies will be more strongly recommended. The effects of treatment are cumulative, and for most people, lasting effects will be achieved after 10 treatments.
We typically recommend a maintenance treatment once every 4-6 weeks for those who have recovered from a long-standing condition. We want you to stay happy and healthy for the rest of your life!!
Will my first appointment be a consult or treatment?
For neuropathy and other chronic conditions, we prefer you to book an Integrative Health Analysis (IHA). An IHA allows us all to understand a full picture of factors influencing your health, and will give you a complete, streamlined, and most-effective treatment plan with step-by-step ways to begin reclaiming your health, which you can start immediately. This will save you significant time and money!
If you do not wish to have an integrative health analysis, we can still start treatment with acupuncture, injection therapy, reiki, and other techniques. We would still expect you to have a significant response to treatment. Anyone who does not have significant improvement after 3 or 4 sessions, is asked to reconsider doing an Integrative Health Analysis, so we can examine your full history and health for underlying, hidden causes contributing to your condition. Because we’d prefer to start strong with a solid recovery plan, this is not our preferred way to go, and may cost you more money in the long run. To save time and money in regaining your health, we strongly recommend starting with an IHA.
If you live far from Longmont, Colorado and the surrounding areas, your IHA can be a virtual consultation. You are welcome to take our final IHA treatment plan to your local integrative medicine providers near you, so that they can have our input and guide for treating you. You are also welcome to fly or drive in to see us.
How soon can you see me?
If you are looking to start care, the best way to get a priority appointment is to fill out an appointment request. If you have questions, just give us a call at 720.593.1593. Please allow us 24 hours on business days to respond to all requests for care. Thank you!