Pain (Acute and Chronic)

Pain comes in all different shapes and sizes, mostly because it is a subjective experience.  No one can tell you that the pain is in your head or that it’s “not that bad.”  Pain is your body’s way of telling you that there is a problem that needs to be addressed.  It’s your body’s way of propelling you away from death!   

Acupuncture has been treating pain for over 4000 years.  It’s essentially Chinese physical therapy!  The needles help to change the pain response that happens in your nervous system.  The improved nerve response will allow your blood vessels to flood the targeted area with nutrient-rich blood which will speed along the healing process.  The pain relief is instantaneous.  

Of course, we also offer other types of pain relief in the form of acupressure and traditional Chinese herbs.  These may be better options for children or other people who may be weary of needles.  

 The types of pain conditions that we treat successfully include:acupuncture for pain works

1.  Headaches and Migraines

2.  Fibromyalgia

“When I first came to this office I had hypo-thyroid and anemia. I believe I had fibromyalgia also but we never knew about it until Nicole told me and she was right. My condition got a lot worse and I started missing a lot of school because I was always in pain and had no energy at all. I had seen my pediatrician, endocrinologist, neurologist, counselor, and chiropractor. Nicole was the only one who fixed me the best. Without her I would be taking tons and tons more medicine – just covering up the symptoms and not the root cause. My results are unbelievable. I am not back in school making good grades and living my life. My pain has improved so much as well. I used to be at a 8 – 9 (out of 10 on the pain scale) and now I’m more at a 1 – 4 depending on my amount of activity. I am much more able to concentrate and have a better memory. Thank you Nicole and Melissa!”  ~ Mira

3.  Lower Back Pain

We treat back pain over 10-15 times per day! Research shows acupuncture to be one of the premier therapies in the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica. It works! Acupuncture will promote blood and oxygen circulation to the muscles of the lower back, thereby reducing pain and bringing healing nutrients to the muscle tissues. New blood flow will strengthen the muscles and prevent further damage to the area. Cramps and spasms will also respond to nutrition supplements, if needed. If you have been diagnosed with a disc herniation, acupuncture can help manage your pain and even help promote correction of the herniation over time. Acupuncture can be a great complimentary therapy to chiropractic or PT in more severe cases of back pain due to structural spine or disc problems.

4.  Shoulder Pain

Similar to treating back or knee pain, the treatment of shoulder pain depends on the precise location of the pain itself – that is, which acupuncture meridian has been affected by injury, overwork, trauma, or stagnation. Once we have determined the exact meridians affected, we can then treat your pain with acupuncture, cupping, or even herbal medicine! Acupuncture will increase blood flow to the painful area, bringing healing anti-inflammatory nutrients to the tissue. Frozen shoulder, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff injuries, chronic pain and more will benefit from acupuncture treatment.

5.  Neck Pain

In addition to acupuncture and cupping, we have a unique acupressure technique that can quickly relieve occipital, jaw, temporal, and cervical neck pain. Neck and back pain are two of the most common pain syndromes that we successfully treat in our clinic.

“I started with some very horrible neck pain and headaches. After taking herbs, vitamins, and cupping sessions, I feel like a different person. I enjoy knowing that one day I may be Rx free. I was on Lexapro for approximately 8 years and I have not been on it for a month and feel 100% better than when I was on it. NHC has changed my life!”  ~Alicia

6.  Knee Pain and other joint pains

Whether you had knee surgery and are looking to expedite your recovery, are an athlete wanting to focus on preventing injuries, or suffer from chronic knee pain that prevents you from be as active as you would like we can help increase your blood and oxygen circulation through your lower body and legs, reduce pain, speed healing, and keep your joints feeling young again.

7.  Athletic Injury:  pulled muscle, post-dislocation pain, contusion, sprain

“I found the Natural Health Center of Austin after ten years of pain and discomfort. I was a mixed martial artist, high school football player, and infantryman in the Marine Corps. I had put my body through entirely too much torture, and I was suffering for it. When I left the Marines in 2009, I had ankle, knee, hip, back, shoulder, and neck pain. I suffered with insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I would take close to 20 painkillers a day, and I was still in pain. I was hurting, and I was far from happy. Kim introduced me to Nicole for a stress test. After that, I came into their office for (an acupressure) test. I felt instant improvement, and I’ve been coming to their office ever since. I now do (acupressure), NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique), and acupuncture treatments, and I have never felt better in my life. I’m able to live again. Thank you.”  ~ Miles

8.  Auto Injury Pain

“I was unable to sleep and, I had sciatic leg pain due to an accident. I was unable to stand for long periods of time or unable to walk for more than 20 minutes without pain. I started using acupuncture, chiropractic and fitness and the combination of all 3 relieved my pain but the acupuncture gave me the most benefit.”  ~ Bridget 

9.  Arthritic Pain

We have even seen vast symptomatic improvements in cases of rheumatoid arthritis in our clinic! For joint pain caused by arthritis and/or inflammation we will treat the pain with acupuncture while addressing your diet and nutritional needs to ensure you know which healing foods will benefit your condition. Herbal medicine can also address internal inflammation very well.


The treatment for pain with acupuncture is ideal.

With the style of acupuncture that we do, the needles do not go directly into the pain site, but instead go into the arms and legs or hands and feet.  The tiny needles stimulate your nervous system to redirect blood to the pain area.  The blood allows the muscles to relax and the pain response to the brain will actually change.  Within seconds, the pain should start to subside.  

Herbal medicine in conjunction with acupuncture will speed along the results.  The herbal medicine can reduce swelling and inflammation; improve blood circulation; and act as a natural pain-reliever.  


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