HanLing Acupuncture Healing Center specializes in the treatment of chronic pain for soft tissue and sports injury. Many of our patients have suffered for years with chronic shoulder, knee,and back pain and have found no relief from cortisone shots, prescription drugs, and invasive surgeries. The trademarked clinically proven FASTTM technique was developed by Steve Liu, L.Ac. and Wen Ting, L.Ac. for effective resolution of chronic pain and sports injuries.
About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person.
Soft tissue injury happens to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Some common words used to describe soft tissue injury include “sprain,” “pulled muscle,” “torn ligament,” and more specifically, “rotator cuff injuries,” “tennis elbow,” “hamstring injury,” and “plantar fasciitis.”Soft tissue can be injured in one of two ways. First, the soft tissue involved could be directly injured or torn. In other cases, injury occurs due to prolonged or repetitive strain. With all soft tissue injuries, the sufferer experiences a lack of oxygen supply to the soft tissue involved and the body responds by depositing scar tissue to heal the injured tissue. Untreated scar tissue is the major cause of re-injury and chronic pain, usually after thinking that the original injury had fully healed.
The trademarked clinically proven FASTTM technique was developed by Steve Liu, L.Ac and Wen Ting, L.Ac for effective resolution of chronic pain and sports injuries. The treatments consist of “cross-fiber” massage, laser acupuncture, and low-level light therapy. Cross-fiber massage, otherwise known as “transverse friction massage,” bears no relationship to conventional massage. It re-initiates the inflammatory process of a scarred tendon or ligament. Acupuncture induces the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, and relaxes the muscles associated with the tendons. Often a tight muscle may be a culprit of a tendon injury of unknown cause. Then, low-level light therapy is applied to the injured area to increase the production and release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which helps increase blood circulation, stimulation and production of collagen, reduction of swelling and pain, and ultimately in the regeneration of healthy tissue. Low-level light therapy is completely safe and the laser equipment is FDA-cleared. The following conditions are treatable with the FASTTM technique and are resolved on average of five to ten treatment sessions.
History: Patient M, 70-year old female, complaining of her left shoulder pain. She was diagnosed with rotator cuff tear two years ago. Past treatments included four cortisone injections and many types of anti-inflammatory drugs. The pain still comes every time she lifts her arm and she can’t lift arm up too long due to weakness in her arm.
Diagnosis: Chronic supraspinatus tendonitis.
Treatment Plan: FAST technique for twice a week for up to five weeks.
Results: Completely free of pain in six treatments.