Arthritic Pain and Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat many types of problem, and is now well known in the West for successfully treating all types of pain, including arthritis. Acupuncture can definitely help ease the pain associated with osteoarthritis and improve the physical functioning of the joint. However it does depend on how long you have had it and how bad it is. If the joint has completely degraded and got to the point of needing a hip or knee replacement then acupuncture may offer some pain relief until your operation.
The effectiveness of acupuncture on arthritis
There have been numerous studies done in the last few years into the effectiveness of acupuncture and arthritis. One study analysed 10 trials done into acupuncture and arthritis involving 1456 people, and concluded acupuncture reduced pain levels and improved joint function. The full report is here…
Acupuncture as an indicator of more serious problems
Sometimes arthritis is the bodies` response to other more serious problems. This is the wisdom of the body inaction. Sometimes if a problem develops with one of the internal organs, the body will use the joints to
maintain and isolate the problem. You see this in people who have had arthritis in the knee, have a joint replacement and then the problem remerges in the other knee. This type of arthritis can also be treated but is a much deeper treatment and is about releasing the original problem out of the body.
Rheumatoid arthritis also falls into this category. As an auto-immune condition the body is attacking itself in some way. Acupuncture can give some pain relief but addressing the underlying causes for this condition require working with the deeper levels of the body, and can be more complex to treat.
Whatever type of arthritis you are suffering from it is definitely worth making an appointment or calling to discuss what the problem is exactly. There is a lot we can do so no need to suffer! We are here to help!