How Acupuncture Can Treat Repetitive Motion Disorders

Acupuncture has proven effective for treating the chronic pain caused by repetitive stress disorders (RMDs) such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. If you’re looking for a drug-free way to manage the symptoms of an RMD, get in touch with QualityAcu. QualityAcu is an Orange, CA, health and wellness clinic that offers acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine treatments to address a wide range of conditions, including RMDs.

What is a Repetitive Motion Disorder?

Repetitive motion disorders (RMDs) are becoming more prevalent in Orange County. RMDs are a type of musculoskeletal disorder that results from repetitive movements or activities that place strain on the body’s muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves. Those who spend hours typing on a keyboard, using a mouse, lifting heavy objects, or performing assembly line work are most likely to develop an RMD.

The microtrauma and inflammation associated with RMD injuries develop gradually over some time as a result of performing the same movements or tasks repetitively. While most RMD injuries occur in the upper extremities, such as the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders, they can also affect other parts of the body. Symptoms of RMDs can include pain, stiffness, weakness, and reduced range of motion in the affected tissues.

Here are some examples of the common RMDs we treat at QualityAcu:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. It’s often the result of repetitive hand and wrist movements.
  • Tendinitis describes inflammation or irritation of a tendon, which can occur from repetitive motions that strain the tendon.
  • Tenosynovitis results from inflammation of the sheath surrounding a tendon. Repetitive movements are a common cause of tenosynovitis.
  • Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow are overuse injuries affecting the tendons in the elbow. They are commonly caused by repetitive gripping or wrist movements.
  • Trigger finger is a condition where a finger gets stuck in a bent position, often as the result of repetitive gripping motions.

The Benefits of Acupuncture for RSDs

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that’s been practiced for thousands of years to treat and manage a wide variety of conditions and symptoms. It involves the insertion of extremely thin needles at specific points around the body. The inserted needles promote the flow of oxygenated blood to the affected area. They also stimulate the body’s natural immune response. This helps to alleviate the inflammation and pain caused by an RMD.

A first appointment usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the specifics of your needs. It begins with a short examination and discussion of a treatment plan. Everyone responds differently to the treatment. Some people feel immediate relief, while others require a few sessions for notable improvement.

Effective Pain Management in Orange, CA

QualityAcu has been providing effective, long-lasting pain relief to patients throughout the Orange County area for over ten years. We’re committed to helping patients recover from pain and traumatic injuries through acupuncture, cupping therapy, percussion therapy, and other traditional Chinese medicine practices. Gregory G. Maruki, L.Ac, MAOM, provides targeted treatment plans to help clients recover from a wide range of medical conditions and injuries.

We’re conveniently located at 2832 E Chapman Ave. in Orange, CA, just east of Hwy 55 between S Yorba St and Prospect St. Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. You can call us at 714-532-2827 to schedule an appointment or use our convenient online scheduling form.

QualityAcu accepts most forms of PPO insurance and always welcomes new patients.

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