Other Conditions

Chronic Pain Management

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At Oranmore Acupuncture Clinic we work with and treat patients suffering with Chronic Pain of varying degrees and severity. When it comes to chronic pain management we understand that in the vast majority of cases patients will already be under the care of one or more healthcare professionals. With this in mind, our approach is to focus on a multi-disciplinary approach and work in close conjunction with our patients’ GPs, physiotherapists, pain specialists, and rheumatologists to help achieve the best possible outcome for our patients.

TMJ Disorder

Acupuncture can be used to address problems of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is the jaw joint and this area can be the subject of a group of symptoms and problems known as TMD or TMJ disorder. Symptoms may include jaw pain, locking or clicking of the jaw joint, difficulty chewing or opening the mouth or pain in the face, neck and shoulders that is aggravated by chewing or talking. The causes and mechanisms behind this group of pain and dysfunction can vary from patient to patient and in many cases may be due to a combination of factors including but not restricted to stress, bruxism (grinding and clenching of the teeth), inflammation, neck injuries, hormonal changes and in some cases arthritis. In certain cases patients may require bite-splints for night-time use to protect the teeth and reduce the burden and pressure on the muscles and ligaments of the face and jaw. As with any form of chronic pain management, our approach is a multi-disciplinary one and we work in close conjunction with orofacial pain specialists, GPs and Dentists where applicable to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care overall.

Smoking Cessation

At Oranmore Acupuncture Clinic, the aim of our Smoking Cessation treatment is to assist patients during the initial nicotine withdrawal stage as well as providing support in the long term with some of the challenges faced when quitting smoking. Acupuncture can help to intercept the neurological signals that are sent by the brain to the body to demand more nicotine. In this way, fewer cravings are experienced and the addictive process is disrupted. It can also aid the body to detox from the nicotine and aid relaxation – a key factor when quitting smoking. In order for the acupuncture to work successfully however, the smoker must make a conscious decision that he/she is ready to quit smoking since acupuncture alone is not sufficient to permanently stop smoking. Whilst acupuncture alone cannot stop you from lighting up, it can be a very effective tool which can help quit smoking by reducing cravings and calming the nervous system thereby strengthening will power. During your consultation your acupuncturist will discuss further ways to reduce cravings and tailor-make a treatment plan that is unique to you.

Sports Injuries

Acupuncture has been shown to be a very useful treatment method for addressing a wide range of sports injuries. Studies have also shown that acupuncture aids muscle recovery and assists in relieving muscle fatigue and exhaustion. As a result, many athletes turn to acupuncture either as a standalone therapy or as an adjunct treatment for aches, sprains and other sports injuries. At Oranmore Acupuncture Clinic we work with athletes at all levels and tailor a treatment plan to best suit their needs and training regimes.