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Chronic Pain

“Is chronic pain stopping you from doing what you love?”

Innovative Treatment Approach

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.

What is Chronic Pain?

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.

The symptoms of chronic pain include:
  • Mild to severe pain that does not go away
  • Pain that may be described as shooting, burning, aching, or electrical
  • Feeling of discomfort, soreness, tightness, or stiffness
Pain is not a symptom that exists alone. Other problems associated with pain can include:
  • Fatigue
  • Sleeplessness
  • Withdrawal from activity and increased need to rest
  • Weakened immune system
  • Changes in mood including hopelessness, fear, depression, irritability, anxiety, and stress
  • Disability

Hear how Kenneth Healed his chronic hamstring pain from a running injury in just 8 treatments

What is Soft Tissue Injury?

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.

Clinically Proven FAST™ Technique

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.

  • Sprains to the spine including the lower back, upper back and neck
  • Sprains to the legs including ankles and feet
  • Sprains to the shoulders and arms including upper arm, elbows, wrists and hands
  • Shoulder tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Wrist/thumb Tenosynovitis
  • Knee, ankle, and foot ligament injuries
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Quad and hamstring tendonitis
  • Chronic muscle scar tissue

Our Results

After 7 1/2 years of pain, finally finding relief with FAST

Chronic upper hamstring pain cured in 8 treatments 

Once a hiker, then 3 years of pain to the point she couldn’t walk to her mailbox… now healed

Real Clinical Chronic Pain Case

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.


HanLing got me back on my feet! : When I ruptured a disk in my back, I looked everywhere for pain relief and a return to normal activity. I was contemplating surgery when someone suggested I try acupuncture. They gave me HanLing’s information and I set up an appointment. After the first appointment I didn’t feel much difference but I slept better. After the second and third visit, I was almost back to normal. Acupuncture really does work. The HanLing clinic was professional and very clean. Since going to HanLing I have been to other acupuncture clinics and so far HanLing has been the best.

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