Chronic Pain Relief in San Antonio: Reclaim Your Life

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Senior couple with beaming smiles on a golf cart, enjoying their favorite pastime pain-free thanks to acupuncture.

“Scot has been able to help me manage my pain in ways that no traditional doctor has. ” – Shellie B.

Every moment with chronic pain nd Arthritis feels like a challenge.

An unrelenting ache, a piercing stab, or a dull throb, constantly reminding you of its presence. This isn’t just discomfort; it’s a demanding, ongoing fight that can sap both your physical energy and emotional strength.

Today, many treatments promise relief, ranging from medications to physical therapy and even surgery. But these options can sometimes bring along unwanted side effects or only address the symptoms without addressing the root cause of your problem.

At Balance Acupuncture and Natural Medicine we see chronic pain not just as a bothersome symptom, but as a messenger—a hint that points us toward underlying imbalances in your body. While many treatments mask pain, we delve deeper, focusing on the true core cause, not merely alleviating symptoms.

Don’t let chronic pain dictate your story. Rediscover the joy of a life with reduced pain and increased mobility. Take the next step, contact us today!

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Why Choose Balance Acupuncture and Natural Medicine for Chronic Pain:

Whole-Person Approach

Addressing chronic pain from a comprehensive perspective, with the objective of not only relieving pain but improving function.

Tailored to Your Journey

Customized treatments that are based on your individual needs and presentation.

Natural and Gentle

Experience therapies that are non-invasive with minimal side effects.

Support Every Step

Our caring team is with you at every stage, offering guidance, understanding, and expertise.

Why is acupuncture so extraordinarily effective in the treatment of pain and arthritis?

All of the substances that make it possible for your body to heal (oxygen, natural pain killers, anti-inflammatories, hormones) are carried in the blood. If the flow of blood is impeded, your body may not be able to fully access the areas where these substances are needed. In Chinese medicine, we consider lack of circulation to be one of the main causes of disease due to it’s major impact on the body’s ability to communicate. Acupuncture has been shown in research to increase blood flow and the dilation of capillaries, blood vessels and arteries throughout your body.

When an acupuncture needle is inserted into a painful or tight area of your body, we are essentially creating a controlled micro trauma. The healing mechanisms of your body are called in to heal the new injury and during the process clean up some of the old injury as well.

Acupuncture impacts your brain in a way that results in a reduction of your perception of pain. In fact, a recent study using functional MRI imaging showed that it had a dampening effect not only on your perception of pain, but your expectation of it as well.

In many cases of chronic pain, the problem has more to do with the function of the joint rather than degenerative issues in the joint itself. Stimulation from an acupuncture needle has a regulating effect on the muscles that surround and control the movement of the joint. This causes muscles to relax and lengthen thereby taking pressure off of your joints and relieving muscle spasms.

Research has shown that acupuncture increases the levels of natural pain killers, such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin, in the blood. Some of these biochemicals are 10 – 200 times as powerful as morphine and serve to effectively block pain signals.

Our unique blend of natural therapies works for all types of pain, including:

Frequently Asked Questions

There are many mechanisms by which acupuncture helps with pain. In short, it helps to increase blood flow to the affected tissues, reduces inflammation, relaxes tight muscles and promotes the release of natural painkillers.

Most people are surprised and relieved to learn that acupuncture needles are extremely thin and completely unlike the hypodermic needles that they have experienced with injections and blood draws.

Acupuncturists can attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles and often the insertion is barely perceptible. Once the needle is inserted there may be a mild sensation of heaviness, achiness or tingling in the area of insertion. This is normal and therapeutically beneficial.

The majority of our patients do not need long term maintenance. Once your pain has resolved and we ensure that your results are stable we release you from care. Many patients choose to come in for regular visits even after their main complaint has resolved because they notice that they feel and function better when they receive regular acupuncture treatments.

Our goal is to get you feeling better fast. We want you to be so happy with our care you will tell all of your friends and family about us. 

Generally our treatments require several visits to obtain stable, long lasting relief from pain. That being said, many patients begin to feel significant improvement in their symptoms within the first 2-3 visits.