We specialize in the Treatment of Chronic Pain


Low Back Pain and Sciatica
Neck Pain
Headaches And Migraines
Arthritis
Heel Pain & Plantar Fasciitis
Knee Pain
Shingles / PHN
Neuropathy
Tennis Elbow
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Fibromyalgia

When suffering from chronic pain such as throbbing migraine headaches, a sharp back pain, burning sciatic pain, or whole body aches as in fibromyalgia, every day can be a challenge.

Over 20 years of success in helping patients to get out of chronic pain (and off of medication) has inspired Orlando Acupuncture’s founder, Dr. Barnett to specialize in the treatment of chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Success Story


How We Successfully Treat Pain

The physiology of how pain works is that you have sensory nerves which are firing and giving the brain pain signals. Studies show that chronic pain is most often caused by a sensory dysfunction or a “misfire” of pain signals where there is no structural cause.

Unfortunately, most conventional treatment options such as medications and surgery do not address this type of pain very well. Many people assume that if you have pain, there must be a structural reason. In other words, there must be some form of structure, bone, soft tissue, disc or some object actually pushing on the sensory nerve, causing it to continuously fire. This assumption can lead to unnecessary surgeries or other interventions.

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In order for the brain to register pain, there has to be two types of neural signals hitting the brain at about the same time. The first signal is from the sensory nerve themselves. The second is from the proprioceptive, or “location” nerves which are also firing right next to the sensory nerves. The proprioceptive nerves tell the brain where your pain is coming from. If everything is working properly, the brain will release chemicals called enkephalins, the body’s natural pain killers. These chemicals block the pain receptor sites in the brain, all along the spine, and the blood vessels where you feel the pain. They stop the chronic pain and allow the body to return to normal function.

In patients who suffer from chronic pain, this mechanism is no longer working. There are many reasons the body’s natural pain-relieving mechanism could have malfunctioned. However, the number one cause appears to be a problem in the proprioceptive nerves. If the signal strength of these nerves is too low, the brain will not release the enkephalins and thus the pain continues. Acupuncture will raise the signal strength of the proprioceptive nerves and the result is a sudden and dramatic relief from pain. This is why Acupuncture can treat an incredibly wide variety of pain problems.

Women being treated on her back

If there is a structural cause of the pain, physical tissue pushing directly on a sensory nerve, increasing the signal strength of the proprioceptive nerves alone might not solve this type of problem. These patients may need other types of therapy. We offer specialized Chinese Herbal therapy for arthritis, and other common structural problems. We sometimes recommend specific, targeted, therapeutic exercises. We also assist our patients in a referral to the proper Western medicine specialist when other therapies such as myofascial release, physical therapy, or surgery are needed.

Pain is our body’s ay of telling us that something is not working correctly. Pain can be acute or chronic and vary from mild, dull pain to intense, debilitating sensations. Some pain is there all of the time, and other pains come and go. The causes of pain vary, but sitting too much, poor posture, injuries, and repetitive movements are some of the most common causes. Emotional pain and physical pain can aggravate one another, so we make sure to consider and treat the totality of each individual patient at Orlando acupuncture.
Click here to see Dr. Barnett treating chronic pain on WESH 2 News

Our Services

Orlando Acupuncture offers a wide selection of therapies and treatments



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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a type of alternative medicine that originated in China.

It involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points or acupoints.


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Herbal Therapy

Chinese herb therapy is a type of alternative medicine that involves the use of herbs and other plant-based substances to treat a wide range of conditions.

It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine.


Senior man stretching his arm

O3 Regenerative Therapy®

O3 Regenerative Therapy® mixes gas naturally found in Earth’s atmosphere with oxygen to create a therapy with powerful healing.


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ATP Resonance BioTherapy®

ATP Resonance BioTherapy® is a non-invasive and painless technique for treating pain by using specific low-level electrical currents.


Senior woman running by the sea

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a type of alternative medicine that originated in China.

It involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points or acupoints.

Young woman in pink stretching her arms

Herbal Therapy

Chinese herb therapy is a type of alternative medicine that involves the use of herbs and other plant-based substances to treat a wide range of conditions.

It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine.

Senior man stretching his arm

O3 Regenerative Therapy®

O3 Regenerative Therapy® mixes gas naturally found in Earth’s atmosphere with oxygen to create a therapy with powerful healing.

Woman in light blue with raised arms

ATP Resonance BioTherapy®

ATP Resonance BioTherapy® is a non-invasive and painless technique for treating pain by using specific low-level electrical currents.