Injection Therapy

men at top of mountain after using Injection therapy by boulder acupuncturist Caitlin GordonInjection Therapy, also called Biopuncture, is the injection of a substance into the skin or muscle at a trigger point or other acupuncture point for the treatment of pain or chronic conditions. Injections may be saline, dextrose, procaine, homeopathics, or vitamins such as B12.

Injection Therapy for Pain

Injection therapy for pain is the use of procaine, dextrose, saline, homeopathic compounds or a combination of these to treat muscle trigger points, tendons, and ligaments. These compounds create a minor irritation in the tissue, which causes the body to regulate the inflammatory response. Pain can be the result of too much inflammation, which requires prompting the body to turn down the response for healing to occur (think, too much swelling after an injury). Pain can also be the result of incomplete healing, in which case we actually want to reactivate some inflammation so that the body continues to send fresh blood, collagen, and nutrients to the site of injury. I like to describe it as acupuncture on steroids (but no, we don’t inject steroids). It works by a similar mechanism of action, but for some can yield quicker results.

Learn more about how injection therapy and acupuncture both work:

How does Injection Therapy Reduce Pain?

Acupuncture and Injection Therapy for Pain

What conditions does it treat?

  • Muscular Pain: low back, neck, shoulders, sciatica, hips, knee, ankle, wrist
  • Migraines and Tension Headaches
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Keloid Scars
  • Old Injuries
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Loose ligaments in the ankle, sacrum, wrists, etc.

Why should you try it?

  • You don’t feel like you are getting results or your results are short-lived from other treatments
  • You want to avoid cortisone shots
  • You want a less expensive but effective alternative to prolotherapy
  • You have an old injury which never healed correctly or fully
  • You want to avoid surgery
  • You don’t want to take pain killers
  • You don’t want side effects from medication

How many injections will I need?

Most people feel relief 24-48 hours after their first session. It is common for the area to be more sore for up to 24 hours and then feel relief. For acute problems, one session may be enough. For chronic pain conditions or old injuries, you should notice improvement within 4 weekly sessions.

Does it Hurt?

The needles used at Amaluna for injection therapy are similar in size to an acupuncture needle. They are not the large gauge needles used for drawing blood or giving vaccinations. You may feel a momentary pinch on insertion, but most people find injection therapy to be well worth it.

Ask about adding injection therapy at your next acupuncture appointment. You can also call 720-491-1602 or email caitlin@AmalunaWellness.com.

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About the Author:

Caitlin Gordon, M.S., L.Ac., C.M.F.P., is a functional medicine clinician, board-certified acupuncturist, and transformative health coach based in Boulder, Colorado. Owner of Amaluna Acupuncture & Wellness, Caitlin treats patients online and in-person. She specializes in treating stress, anxiety, and depression without pharmaceuticals.

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