Pain Management

Jennifer Ryan, LAc offers Eastern medical treatments designed to heal your body, enhance your mind, and enrich your soul. Experience the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine to alleviate your pain and achieve your ultimate health and wellness goals.

The Role of Chinese Medicine in Pain Management

Chronic and acute pain afflicts over 100 million Americans every year. Patients come to see Jennifer to receive treatment to reduce their pain including traumatic injury, arthritis, headaches, migraines, menstrual pain, and nerve pain. In Chinese medicine, pain is seen as a condition where the energy of the body ‘Qi’ has become stagnated or stuck, or an area of the body where the Qi flow has become diminished.

Jennifer incorporates acupuncture, gua sha and herbal therapy, paired with dietary and lifestyle advice to reduce and manage your pain.

Chinese medicine enables you to experience treatment methods that relieve many health problems while promoting a comprehensive look at healthcare. The U.S. Army has been incorporating acupuncture and alternative medicine very effectively in recent years, which has led to a reduction in the use of pain medication.

Jennifer offers comprehensive pain management treatments designed to alleviate your symptoms and give you relief. Schedule your appointment and relax while you have your treatment in one of her rooms that have been designed to give you peace of mind.

What Is the Difference between Chronic and Acute Pain?

Acute pain is typically caused by injury, trauma, painful medical procedures, or illness. It also serves as an indication that there is a threat to your body or you have a disease. Acute pain typically lasts for a short period of time, then disappears when you have been treated successfully for the underlying cause or you have healed.

Chronic pain is pain that has lasted three months or more and continues beyond the usual recovery period after an injury or trauma. Chronic pain may also occur with a chronic health condition such as arthritis.

Pain Management and Gua Sha

Jennifer offers a customized and specialized treatment plan so you can achieve relief from pain. That’s why she continually seeks out the most up-to-date knowledge available on Eastern medical practices.

Her gua sha treatment works by increasing the blood flow to different areas of your body. The increased blood flow is known as microcirculation and has been scientifically proven to release your body’s natural pain killers and block pain pathways. Gua sha improves range of motion by helping to break up adhesions, knots and scar tissue. The process creates relief, stimulates anti-inflammation and boosts your immune system.

Areas that Jennifer can treat include:

  • Back
  • Limbs
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Abdomen

After your treatment you will experience a marked increase in surface circulation of your blood leaving you feeling a decrease in pain and an overall sensation of well-being. Jennifer believes she can offer predictable results from gua sha that will leave you feeling relaxed and revived.

Pain Management and Acupuncture

In Chinese medicine, acupuncture is typically the most used practice to treat discomfort. Jennifer uses the process of inserting ultrafine needles into specific points in your body to balance the flow of your energy or life force, known as Qi. The practice can re-balance your energy flow.

In Western medicine, practitioners view acupuncture points (i.e., trigger points) as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. There is also an association that placing pressure on these points can help stimulate natural painkillers in your body, or endorphins.

Acupuncture has proven helpful with managing chronic pain in various areas of the body, which include:

  • Back
  • Migraines
  • Neck
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arthritus
  • Knees

By using acupuncture, Jennifer can enable your body to release its own endogenous opiods to block the pain pathways in your brain. Typically, the process leaves her patients feeling deeply relaxed during and after an acupuncture treatment.

Pain Management and Cupping

Cupping has been used for hundreds of years to ease back pain, neck pain, and headaches. The history of cupping in ancient China dates back to 281 A.D. It was a Taoist practice and was used in the courts of Imperial China.

Jennifer is highly skilled at providing cupping to relieve conditions that cause pain. She has treated patients with a variety of chronic and acute conditions to give them long-lasting relief.

These include:

  • Back pain, neck pain, knee pain and shoulder pain
  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Sprains and injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis

She uses a special technique that includes herbal liniments and oil to help the cups glide along the meridians, minimizing bruising and discomfort and maximizing patients results.

Learn more about cupping

Top Acupuncture Specialist

Michelle | Verified Patient

“Jennifer is a connected and intuitive healer. Her receptivity and ability to access her vast knowledge allows her to assess my symptoms relative to each other and to my being as a whole. My Sessions with her have been more beneficial than many other therapies I have tried and I am eternally grateful that I found her.”

Charles W. | Verified Patient

Jennifer Ryan is getting me better fast!!!...Just finished session 7 with significant improvement with lower back and sciatica issues.

Walking upright again. And the pain reduction is significant.

Would highly recommend.

Fatima R. | Verified Patient

I love seeing Jennifer! She really cares and does an amazing job making me feel better every time I go in. I feel rejuvenated and she's also been helping me with my pesky migraines. It's a convenient location with parking too!

Sam H. | Verified Patient

Jennifer is amazing! When it comes to acupuncture you can't just go anywhere. Jennifer listens to your concerns and treats them appropriately. I swear by acupuncture because it has cured my back pain. She is a great person and I highly recommend her to anyone in need of treatment.

Ashlie J. | Verified Patient

Jennifer has been a major part of my health regime for years. I leave my visits with her feeling so much better every time. She is very knowledgeable about her craft and overall holistic treatments. Beyond providing traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, she's skilled in aroma and crystal therapy. She's helped me balance my hormones and treat my anxiety. I always know I'm in the right hands when I pay her a visit -- she's incredibly personable and easy on the touch.

Simona H. | Verified Patient

I have been going to Jenn for several months now, and can honestly say she has helped change my life. She is hands down incredible at what she does. I went in with things like anxiety, stress, stagnation, IBS, hair loss, etc. you name it I had it... Week by week we work together to slowly but surely work on these health issues, and I can absolutely say that her acupuncture techniques, cupping, and holistic advice for my life have made me a healthier/happier person! Even my friends and family have noticed my health turning around :)

Diana H. | Verified Patient

Jennifer Ryan is an expert practitioner who is well-versed within her craft.  Her professionalism far exceeds her ability to care and treat any issue or ailment with her eloquence and finesse.  She takes the time and patience to understand my way of well-being.  As a Registered Nurse, Jennifer Ryan will always be my beloved practitioner.  I look forward to what she continues to offer with her expertise.

J.F. | Verified Patient

I cannot say enough positive things about Jennifer and her healing work. A few years ago, after only two acupuncture treatments,  I could open my jaw pain free - this was astonishing after three months of physical therapy treatments which did not help the issue. I had tried other acupuncturists but never saw such tangible results.

Krysten J. | Verified Patient

went for the first time here- to Jen for acupuncture. I've never had it done before so I was really nervous but she is very comforting and so knowledgeable it made it all good! Really loved the experience and highly recommend if you've always wanted to try but never have- go to her!


Jennifer Ryan, LAc

12061A Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230
(424) 280-6730
8:00am - 2:00pm
2:00pm - 8:00pm
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