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Chronic or Acute Pain Syndromes

Acupuncture for Pain Relief

Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

Research has shown that acupuncture relieves pain through a number of mechanisms: in spasmed muscles, it can deactivate the malfunctioning neuromuscular junction so that the muscle may finally relax its contraction, thus re-establishing proper circulation to the area.

In the absence of spasms, the local tissue cells will still react to the insertion of an acupuncture needle with a complex chain reaction, releasing a variety of endogenous biochemicals that promote local healing and help modulate the pain signal. Acupuncture has also been shown to have local and systemic anti-inflammatory effects, and to affect the central nervous system.

This is particularly relevant for chronic pain patients, whose nervous systems have often been oversensitized by their condition, as well as for patients whose pain coincides with high levels of stress.

Acupuncture has thus been shown to be effective in the treatment of conditions including:

– Temporomandibular joint and jaw pain
– Headaches, often caused by tense muscles in the shoulders, neck and jaw
– Lower back pain, neck pain, both chronic and acute
– Sciatica
– Muscle strains in any part of the body
– Tendinitis, bursitis (elbow, shoulder, hip, knee)
– Frozen shoulder
– Carpal tunnel syndrome
– Trigger fingers
– Plantar fasciitis
– Bell’s Palsy


Caroline combines modern neurophysiological approaches with Chinese medicine meridian-based systems as necessary to get the best outcomes for her patients.

As with any other condition, she will evaluate your symptoms and overall condition before proposing an appropriate treatment plan.

Caroline Dufour’s post-graduate training in pain relief and management:

Fall 2023 – Spring 2024 : Evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal pain – myofascial syndromes and neurophysiological approach, with Sylvain Cardinal Ac. 75h
2023 : Treating pain using the tendino-muscular meridians, by Emmanuel Francoeur and Christian Vyboh, Acs, inspired from the teachings of Jeffrey C. Yuen, master scholar, teacher and practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine. 16h
2021: Meridian-based acupuncture with Dr. Tan’s method, by Frédéric Bourges, Ac. 15h

Naturopathic Care for Pain Relief

Pain, whether acute or chronic, can be debilitating and affect every aspect of our lives.

Naturopathic doctors take a holistic approach to developing pain management plans by decreasing inflammation in the body using specific dietary recommendations, herbs and supplements.

All aspects of an individuals lifestyle are taken into account, including one’s nutritional choices, exercise regimen and stressors.

NDs recognize the value of working closely with conventional and alternative medical providers and will make appropriate referrals for further diagnostic work-up, and treatment support.

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for pain syndromes. These include pain due to fibromyalgia, nerve pain, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, sciatic pain, neck and back pain, stress and tension-related disorders.

Our goal is to get to the root cause – to help reduce inflammation and the pain it causes, so you can live a healthier, happier life!