Treating Pain

"I didn't realize how much pain I was in until after I left your office and didn't feel any!"

Last week, a patient suffering from sciatica shared this testimonial. It made me think about the nature of pain and what our brain does to mask it or, conversely, heighten it. Sometimes, we get used to having a particular pain, so it's almost as if our minds become numb to the pain sensations. Other times, our mind focuses on pain, worries about pain, and gets frustrated with pain. These things can make pain worse.

In Chinese Medicine, an old saying “bu tong ze tong, tong ze bu tong” means “no free flow, pain; free flow, no pain.” In essence, if you do not have free flow of energy and blood in the body, this leads to the perception of pain. When you reestablish free flow, then there is no pain.

Lots of things can block free flow- stuck blood, cold, heat, scar tissue, too much fluid, medical devices, stuck energy- and each cause has it's own treatment. Emotions can also cause blocked energy. Frustration and anger, in particular, affect the flow of Liver energy and cause it to get stuck. Since the Liver is in charge of free flow of energy in the whole body, this can mean big problems with circulation! The Liver is also the organ most affected by stress, or "unfulfilled desires." Any time you want something to be different, including pain, you are stressed, and this causes your energy to get stuck.

One way to get Liver energy moving is to do some deep breathing. Three deep breaths, exhaling with sound, is sometimes all it takes to get things moving. The action of the diaphragm helps to relieve the stuck Liver energy. Deep breathing that you do in Yoga and with vigorous exercise is great for this reason. Meditation which combines breathing and awareness is a fantastic way to manage pain.

Acupuncture is a great therapy to get energy moving, and some recent fMRI studies show that it changes the way the brain experiences pain. Most people that come into our office are experiencing some type of pain, and most people get great results after 1-2 treatments. Some people get long lasting results after just a few treatments while others continue treatments for pain management.

One patient always says "It's like the pain is lifted right out of me when I'm laying there in a treatment. I can’t afford not to come."

New Hours! More Treatment Rooms! New Practitioners!

We've expanded!

It's been so busy at Emerging Energy renovating our office, but we are feeling settled in and have big news to share!

We now have 3 Doctors of Acupuncture available 6 days per week, an excellent massage therapist, and a holistic esthetician who also performs facial reflexology. (More about Alison and facial reflexology in another post!)

Our latest staff addition is acupuncturist Dr. Charlotte King, who has special training treating children with non-needle techniques. She also treats pain, women's health concerns and more. You can read all about her here. Dr. Charlotte also has extended evening hours on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Scheduling is available online!


Dr. Mary Claire Dilks has expanded office hours and is now booking Friday mornings/ lunch, 8:30am-12:30 pm. She also has a new standard poodle puppy, Lucy, who may make an appearance in the office from time to time.

Here at Emerging Energy, we love helping people feel their best. When we feel our best, our spirit shines in the sparkly in our eyes, our skin glows with radiant health, and we can relax and enjoy the moment without worry or stress. We would love to help YOU!

Our private treatment rooms, delicious tea, and serene environment allow you to fully benefit from your acupuncture, massage or facial treatment. Healing begins when our nervous system relaxes, so we think this part is critical in your care.

Call or schedule online today!