How Acupunture works for Hip Pain
Chronic hip pain can often be relieved with the help of acupuncture. By increasing circulation of blood and oxygen to the hip area, acupuncture encourages both healing and a reduction in pain and swelling in the hip joint.
In this video, Tom demonstrates how Japanese acupuncture uses touch to locate precise points to treat this patient's hip pain. Most often, these points are located away from or "distal" to the point of pain. Stimulation with acupuncture needles improves the flow of blood and energy along the channel where the painful point is located.
allowed me to keep doing what I love
"Hi, I'm Bess Day, also known as Aphrofighty. I skate roller derby with the Flat Track Furies with the Emerald City Roller Girls roller derby league. I came to Turning Point originally because I was skating in a bout and I got nailed by this giant, 300-pound woman. She sent me flying. I landed right on the sweet spot of my rear end. I had just shooting pain all down my leg.
"I went to Tom and he hooked me right up with some great treatment and got me back on the track in no time flat. Since then, he has treated me for shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, general stress, and the abuse that we take out here on the track. He has allowed me and my 39-year-old body to keep skating and doing what I love. I couldn't recommend him highly enough."
-Bess Day, Eugene, OR
“Standing on the summit cornice of 14,162 ft Mt. Shasta in northern California, I could not believe that less than two months earlier I could not muster the strength to pull myself out of bed. Cutting icy turns down the north side to our high camp, and idea of pain was history, for it could have meant disaster.
"Upon returning home I made a point of seeing my regular doctor to share my thoughts about the benefits of acupuncture. Following an injury which left me in great pain, of the hip and lower back variety, he had recommended a regime of pain killers and killer physical therapy. Not that physical therapy doesn’t have its place, it just wasn’t working for me. I always felt worse after my visits.
"Upon a friend’s recommendation, I paid a visit to Tom Williams, a local acupuncturist. My revelation came when he pressed the ground zero pain in my hip, found a corresponding source in my leg, placed a very fine needle in my leg, returned to ground zero with a firm press and wow, what happened? A mere trickle of sensation.
"After three hour-long sessions, I was back on my feet, and less than a week later packing a full load up the side of a mountain. Knowing that I may be pushing it a bit, I told myself that I would turn around any time. It didn’t happen. I’ve felt great since and never miss a chance to recommend acupuncture to friends and relatives.”
–Mike Stickling, Eugene, OR
“As a child I had polio as well as other physical trauma. Entering the second half century of my life, aches and pains have increasingly become an everyday occurrence. About six years ago I decided to do something about the pain. Since then I have tried acupuncture along with physical therapy and chiropractic therapy.
"No one therapy has been a ‘cure all.’ However, I have received the most long-term relief from acupuncture treatment. Both mobility and the quantity of pain experienced have greatly improved. I now believe it is possible to have the active life I want and not have pain dominate my daily thoughts.”
–Val Monshke, Eugene, OR