Can Acupuncture Help Relieve Arthritis Pain?
Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is one of the leading causes of disability. According to the Centers for Control and Prevention, one out of every three Americans (an estimated 70 million people) is affected by arthritis. For most people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of 50 show some signs of arthritis as our joints naturally degenerate over time.
Fortunately, arthritis can often be managed with acupuncture. Chinese medicine has been found to be extremely effective at treating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis (rheumatoid, psoriatic and osteoarthritis). Acupuncture points are selected to reduce pain and decrease inflammation to help the patient live life without the hindrance of pain and stiffness.
There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle (the type of needle used to give vaccinations or draw blood). Once the needles are in place, most people relax and some even fall asleep during the treatment.
The length, number and frequency of treatments varies according to severity, onset and type of arthritis as well as the patient’s lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep, stress relief practices, etc.). Typical treatments last about 45 minutes, with the patient getting treated 1-2 times/week at first and then once the arthritis symptoms are under control, evaluating a maintenance plan such as returning every 4-6 weeks for treatment. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic conditions may require multiple treatments.
The popularity of acupuncture for arthritis continues to grow because more and more people have found significant relief from acupuncture and Chinese medicine without the potential side effects that come from Western pharmaceuticals. However, if you are taking medication for your arthritis, acupuncture will not interfere with its effects.
Suffering from arthritis pain and inflammation? Contact our clinic at (571)529-6699 and make an acupuncture appointment so you can be the active person you once were.