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Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal pain is more or less one of the most popular reasons people seek out acupuncture in the first place. Different parts of the body are going to be affected by musculoskeletal pain, and acupuncture has been proven to help pain in many of those cases. While some doctors are still skeptical, you have to see the results for yourself for the best evidence.

The relief of pain all comes down to restoring the energy flow in your body known in Chinese medicine as Qi (pronounced "Chee"). Here at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness, we adhere to this belief and in the idea that once your natural energy flow is restored, it can be a cascading effect of healing numerous things.

With musculoskeletal pain being quite comprehensive, what kind of pain can we help?

Hip and Back Pain

These are the most typical pains we see, especially in the lower back. Scientific evidence has shown the power of acupuncture in treating lower back pain. But we can also treat hip pain since it can relate to the problem of Qi. By using acupuncture needles on specific points of the body, we have many success stories in patients feeling a world of difference.

Elbow Pain

Many athletes end up getting elbow pains due to torn muscles and ligaments. While sometimes means surgery to correct the issue, acupuncture can be part of the treatment toward recovery. Acupuncture can also work alone with careful treatment and specific exercises.

We've seen evidence of the above in athletes who've visited us. In many cases, baseball pitchers and golfers are the ones who end up with elbow pain. They usually find out acupuncture is much more effective than taking pain medications that always cause side effects.

Pain in the Knees

Knee pain is also about as common as back pain in many of our clients. We've had plenty of successes helping people be able to walk again after dealing with severe knee pain for months. While outside surgery may have to be an option in certain cases, acupuncture can additionally be beneficial before or after surgery. We'll also give tips on how to do certain exercises to keep your knee feeling limber.

In many cases, musculoskeletal pain is due to arthritis, epicondylitis, fibromyalgia, or tendinitis. Let acupuncture help you conquer the pain from these conditions here. Contact us for an appointment so you can see for yourself how much better you'll feel after dealing with that pain for far too long.

Acupuncturist in Los Angeles

Laurie Binder LACLaurie Binder is a Doctor of Acupuncture, Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioner, Certified Health Consultant and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She has over 20 years experience in health care. She began her journey as an RN working in oncology and intensive care. She moved to same-day surgery and then as a labor and delivery nurse in New York, where she became passionate about birth and women's health.

Moving home to the West Coast, she taught childbirth classes at Santa Monica - UCLA hospital for over 10 years. She expanded her knowledge and became an OB/GYN nurse practitioner specializing in fertility and women's health. She served two very different populations; a large fertility practice in Beverly Hills and a women's community clinic in Santa Monica.

It was during her work in women's health that she discovered Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. She has had her acupuncture practice for over 15 years. She skillfully combines her Western medical background with her great knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine for optimal patient care.

Read Laurie's complete CV here and her bio here.

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Dear Laurie,acupuncture fertility Los Angeles baby

This is long overdue! thank you for everything.

I want to first say that I truly believe Laurie is a miracle worker. She is magic and anyone that has the privilege of working with her is so lucky. I started seeing Laurie after I had a very tragic stillbirth. I lost my baby at 26 weeks and the grief and trauma were very viscerally trapped in my body. It was the most difficult time in my life and I came to see Laurie at some of my darkest moments. I felt that the only way I could regain hope was by having the courage to try again and hold on to my hope of having a healthy baby.

Laurie approached me and my story with love, kindness, and compassion. She first did acupuncture pressure points to treat the trauma and grief that was stored in my body. As badly as I wanted to be pregnant again, I had so much healing to do, and my body was not ready to carry another child. She helped me take the steps to heal and we then progressed to the fertility treatments. I became pregnant again within 3 months of working with her. She supported me throughout my entire pregnancy- helping to treat my anxiety and talking with me before each treatment to check in with where I was with my doctor's appointment and answered any questions I had. I never felt rushed. I cried with her. Laughed with her. She just made me feel so nourished and supported. She feels like a second mom.

I had my rainbow baby 2 months ago and he is healthy and thriving. I saw Laurie for a postaprtum appointment and it gave me energy and support to take care of a newborn while my body was going through a tremendous amount of healing. She is truly an angel and I would not have survived this journey without her. I never thought I could get through this subsequent pregnancy. She is simply the best. I attached a picture of my sweet little miracle.

- Zahabiyah


Thank you Laurie!

I came to Laurie after a very upsetting doctor appointment where I was told that my options for having children might be very limited. I was not ready to conceive yet, but had my OB-GYN run a few tests on me because I was 33 and being able to have children in the future was something that was extremely important to me. I was told that my FSH level was 3, but that AMH level was .56. My OB felt like the tests results didn't add up, so she had sent me to a fertility specialist for a consultation. The fertility specialist informed me that my options were to try and start conceiving right away or to freeze my eggs with my husband's sperm in order to create frozen embryos, that could potentially be out future children. This was also going to involve putting my on hormones and was going to cost between $12,000-$15,000. I was also told that if I did not do either of these things, that I could try to have children in a year, which was the timeline that I felt comfortable with, but that my fertility window may very well have closed. I felt depressed, scared and very anxious about the future.

Laurie was such a warm, safe and supportive space for me to discuss my fears as well as create a solid plan about what I could do about it on my own. She was a HUGE source of knowledge about what I could do to increase my fertility and I immediately changed my diet and started taking the herbs that she felt would work best with my body. We both felt that I could work hard to get my body healthy and to prepare myself to have a baby, even though I was not planning to start trying to conceive for a year.

A year later, I became pregnant within the first three months of trying. My husband and I were of course thrilled and I felt an enormous sense of relief that I had been able to get pregnant. We were both very disheartened when I miscarried at 8 weeks, but I kept reminding myself to have faith in my body and all of the hard work that I had done. The first month I was able to try again after the miscarriage, I became pregnant again and am now 5 months pregnant with a baby girl. I feel very grateful for all of the kind words and steady support that Laurie provided me to get me to this point. I also have so much gratitude that I never lost hope, even when things felt so scary and uncertain.

- Camille


acupuncture infertility Los Angeles ultrasound babyLaurie!

My beautiful friend!

Today we found out we're having a healthy baby boy!

We thank you so much for all you did for us.

May God bless you and the wonderful work you do.

God bless your wonderful hands. See you soon!!

- Griselda

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Laurel Binder, Doctor of Acupuncture (RILB)

3029 Wilshire Blvd Suite 201

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(310) 564-4325


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