My clinical experience of treating shoulder pain

By Dr Win Huang

acupuncture-for-laiShoulder pain is a common problem right now, it is only symptom, Shoulder pain involves any pain in or around the shoulder joint. The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. The rotator cuff in the shoulder is made up of four tendons. These tendons give the shoulder a wide range of motion. the tendons pass underneath a rigid bony arch in the shoulder. The most common cause of shoulder pain is when the tendons become trapped under this arch. The compressed tendons become inflamed or damaged.

Shoulder pain can also be due to: Arthritis in the joints around the shoulder, Bursitis (inflammation of a fluid-filled sac, or bursa, that lies between tendon and skin or between tendon and bone). Normally a bursa protects the joint and helps make movement more fluid. Fractures of the shoulder bones. Frozen shoulder syndrome occurs when the muscles, tendons, and ligaments stiffen up inside the shoulder and make any motion painful and difficult. Inflammation of nearby tendons, such as those connected to the bicep muscles of your arms, from overuse or injury. Dislocation of your shoulder, which is when the ball-shaped head of your arm comes out of the socket.

In Chinese medicine the shoulder is belong to “Bi syndrome” it is due to be invaded by bad wind, cold and damp, or stagnation of Qi and Blood of body,or weakness of Liver and Kidney function of Chinese medicine, or weakness in Qi and Blood of Chinese medicine.

For slight pain on shoulder, I choose distal point on hand ,for example, zhongzhu, acupuncture on zhongzhu, patient feels tension and numb on point, then let patient move shoulder about ten minutes. more patients will feel much better, the shoulder pain is gone immediately after 3—5 session treatments.

For sereve shoulder pain, and without limited movement of shoulder, firstly I will choose distal points, let patient move shoulder, then choose local points on shoulder, for example jianyu, jianjing,and tianzhong. Finally Also doing treatment massage for these patients.

For severe shoulder pain with limited movement of shoulder, firstly I do acupuncture and treatment massage ,then doing cupping is necessary.

I have done acupuncture for 31 yrs, I got doctoral degree in acupuncture in Chinese university in 1995,and I had acupuncture work experience of big hospital in China,and I have the Chinese medicine clinic in Mt Albert Auckland NZ from 2002,so if you would like choose a acupuncturist to fix your problem,please come to my clinic ,you will have a excellent choice.

If you would like to make an appointment please call us on (09) 8150518 or visit us 1054 new north road ,mt albert. if you require more information you may e-mail us at

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