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Integrating Acupuncture into Your Pain Management Plan at The Burick Center

Discover the Synergy Between Traditional Therapies and Acupuncture

At The Burick Center, we understand that managing pain is a complex process that benefits from a multi-faceted approach. While we offer several leading-edge treatments and therapies, we want to shine a spotlight on one of the most ancient and effective practices: acupuncture. Dr. Peter Lu, M.D., our skilled acupuncturist, is at the forefront of integrating this traditional Chinese medicine technique with modern therapies to enhance your health and well-being.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a centuries-old practice involving the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Increasingly, it is being utilized for overall wellness, including stress management.

The Science Behind Acupuncture and Pain Management

A growing body of scientific research supports acupuncture’s role in pain management. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help alleviate various types of pain, including chronic back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headaches, including migraines.

For instance, a systematic review published in the Journal of Pain found that acupuncture was significantly associated with reduced pain intensity and improved quality of life compared with no acupuncture treatments in patients suffering from chronic pain【1】. Another study in the Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrated that acupuncture effectively complements standard treatments for chronic lower back pain, offering significant pain relief and enhancing functionality【2】.

Furthermore, research published in JAMA Internal Medicine showcased acupuncture’s effectiveness in mitigating the severity of migraines and tension headaches. 【3】 Such findings underscore the versatility of acupuncture across various pain conditions, making it a valuable addition to any comprehensive pain management strategy.

Acupuncture at The Burick Center: A Complementary Approach

At The Burick Center, Dr. Peter Lu employs acupuncture not just as a stand-alone treatment but as a complementary therapy that enhances the effectiveness of other treatments and therapies you may be undergoing. Whether you’re receiving physical therapy, chiropractic care, or any other treatment, acupuncture can offer additional relief and accelerate your journey to wellness. Dr. Lu recognizes the western pain or musculoskeletal diagnosis and integrates not only acupuncture to alleviate discomfort, but also incorporates functional exercises and stretches to maintain potential progress. Based on Dr. Lu’s specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he aims to restore and enhance the functional ability and quality of life to those where injury has affected the nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

How Acupuncture Works with Other Modalities

Acupuncture’s effectiveness lies in its ability to reduce pain and inflammation, improve blood flow, and enhance neuromuscular function. When combined with other therapies, it can significantly boost recovery times and improve the efficacy of conventional treatments. By integrating acupuncture into your treatment plan, you’re not only addressing the symptoms but also the underlying causes of pain, leading to more comprehensive and lasting relief.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Knee Pain

  • Reduction of Inflammation: Acupuncture and dry needling can help to reduce inflammation in the knee joint, leading to decreased pain and improved mobility.
  • Release of Pain-Relieving Endorphins: The strategic insertion of needles promotes the release of endorphins, natural painkillers, which can reduce pain and enhance a sense of well-being.
  • Promotion of Blood Circulation: Improved blood flow to the knee joint, facilitated by acupuncture, can aid in the healing process and recovery.
  • Loosening of Tight Muscles: Acupuncture can relax tight muscles and release trigger points around the knee, alleviating pain and improving range of motion.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Hip Pain

  • Alleviation of Joint Pain: Acupuncture can target areas around the hip to reduce joint pain, often caused by conditions such as arthritis or hip bursitis.
  • Improvement in Hip Mobility: By decreasing pain and inflammation, acupuncture can lead to enhanced mobility and function of the hip joint.
  • Strengthening of Muscular Support: Acupuncture can help to balance muscle function around the hip, supporting better alignment and movement patterns, which is crucial for hip health.
  • Enhancement of Nerve Function: Targeted needle placement can stimulate nerves around the hip area, potentially relieving pain and improving the body’s natural healing responses.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Hand and Wrist Pain

  • Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms: Acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, such as numbness, tingling, and pain, by reducing median nerve pressure.
  • Decrease in Inflammation and Swelling: Effective in managing inflammation and swelling in the hand and wrist area, acupuncture can provide relief from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
  • Improvement in Range of Motion and Functionality: Through the relaxation of muscles and reduction of inflammation, acupuncture can improve hand and wrist mobility, enhancing daily function.
  • Stress Relief on Repetitive Strain Injuries: For conditions caused by repetitive movements or overuse, acupuncture can offer significant relief by promoting healing and reducing muscle strain.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain

  • Reduction of Inflammation: Acupuncture can significantly reduce inflammation in the lumbar region, which is a common source of chronic pain and discomfort.
  • Stimulation of Nerve Function: By targeting specific points along the meridians, acupuncture can stimulate nerve function, leading to pain relief and improved muscle stiffness.
  • Enhancement of Pain Relief: The strategic placement of needles encourages the release of endorphins and increases the level of pain-modulating neurotransmitters, offering profound relief from lower back pain.
  • Improvement in Flexibility and Mobility: Through the reduction of inflammation and muscle relaxation, acupuncture can enhance spinal flexibility and overall mobility, facilitating easier movement and less discomfort.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Neck and Shoulder Pain

  • Alleviation of Muscle Tension: Acupuncture is effective in relaxing tight muscles in the neck and shoulder area, reducing pain and improving range of motion.
  • Enhancement of Natural Healing: By promoting blood flow to the neck and shoulders, acupuncture can accelerate the body’s natural healing processes, aiding in the recovery from strain and injuries.
  • Pain Relief Through Neurological Effects: The technique helps modulate pain perception pathways in the brain and spinal cord, offering relief from chronic neck and shoulder pain.
  • Reduction of Headache Symptoms: Often, neck and shoulder tension is a contributing factor to tension headaches and migraines. Acupuncture can help reduce these symptoms by addressing the underlying muscular and neurological causes.

Embracing Acupuncture at The Burick Center

Dr. Lu and the Burick Center are dedicated to providing an integrative approach to pain management. Dr. Peter Lu, MD., is an English and Spanish speaking Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specialist practicing in Mechanicsburg, PA with 23 years of experience. By incorporating acupuncture into your overall treatment plan, you’re taking a significant step towards achieving optimal health and well-being.

The Burick Center offers a variety of treatment options. If you are curious about how acupuncture can enhance your pain management strategy, we invite you to discuss this with Dr. Lu and our care team. Together, we can tailor a plan that best meets your individual needs and health goals.

Remember, when it comes to managing pain, there’s a whole world of options available. Don’t overlook the powerful benefits acupuncture can offer as part of a comprehensive, integrative approach to your health. Our Acupuncture Clinic is available every Wednesday. Contact us at 717-730-9000 to learn more.


  1. The Journal of Pain: This systematic review highlights the effectiveness of acupuncture in managing chronic pain and improving quality of life.
  2. Archives of Internal Medicine: This study showcases acupuncture’s role as a complementary treatment for chronic lower back pain, emphasizing its ability to provide significant pain relief and improve functionality.
  3. Linde, Klaus, et al. “Acupuncture for the prevention of tension‐type headache.” Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016.4 (2016).

*The Burick Center serves Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, York, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Enola, Lancaster and surrounding areas

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