Acupuncture for shoulder tendonitis can help with the pain, or as in my case, completely cure it. As we all know acupuncture is considered an alternative method of health care. If you're one of those traditional health care people you may not even consider it unless you happen to get desperate. It's amazing what one will do when desperate. Not that I was desperate, because I wasn't. In fact, I didn't even plan to have needles placed in my shoulder I was there for something else entirely.
Speaking of needles, when it comes to acupuncture, the main concern that I hear all the time is the needles. Trust me, when I say the acupuncture needle doesn't hurt nearly as much as the pain of shoulder tendonitis or most any other pain I have had. You barely feel them go in, it's a light prickly feeling, sort of like sticking your finger when sewing. I say them, because there is usually more than one needle, most of the time way more than one. Amazingly, after the needles are in you forget they are there and can even go to sleep, which I did on several occasions, as do others, so it can't hurt too bad can it?
If you're wondering how long the acupuncture treatment lasts I would say generally about 30 minutes, but can take longer, depending on what you are being treated for. I will warn you, however, to not move once the needles are in place as this can cause discomfort. Not sure if it was just me, but it also made me nauseous, so I never moved again after the needles were inserted. The best advice I can give you is to get comfortable before they're inserted and don't move until they come out.
I have always used traditional acupuncture, however, you can opt to use electro-acupuncture, which means an electrical current passes through the needles. I never saw the need for it, since traditional acupuncture was working for me. I would imagine that the electrical current would kick it up a notch making stimulation more intense and possibly more effective.
As I mentioned earlier I didn't plan to have needles placed in the shoulder at the time, but thought I might as well, since I was there and the other needles were in, so what the heck. It couldn't hurt to add a few more needles. I was used to acupuncture treatments after a long bout with RSD, which is a long painful ordeal that nobody wants to cope with, but that is another story. Anyway, I felt an improvement right away in my shoulder and decided to keep it up. It took about 6 treatments and believe it or not my shoulder tendonitis never returned and it's been seven years.
There isn't any reason to be afraid of acupuncture there is virtually no risk involved. Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions including arthritis, tendonitis, muscle pain, asthma, joint pain, chronic pain, back pain, fatigue, circulatory disorders, depression and the list goes on. This list is but a few of the conditions that acupuncture can treat, so if you have tried most everything and nothing has worked why not check to see if acupuncture is an option.
If it had not been for acupuncture I most likely would have ended up with unnecessary surgeries as well as strung out on pain medications. I would recommend acupuncture to anyone who is open to options other than traditional health care methods. It is safe and effective what more could you ask for?