Arthritis Treatment: Using Acupuncture to Treat Arthritis
treatment for arthritis and joint pain has been with us for centuries.
Acupuncture provides many arthritis pain sufferers with an alternative
(or an addition) to modern arthritis medication which can
at best be unpalatable and, at worst, potentially toxic. Acupuncture
arthritis treatment may not work alone for joint pain but it can
result in powerful pain relief if your joints are angry or inflamed.
has been used for arthritis pain relief in traditional Chinese medicine
for many thousands of years. It has recently become a widely used
technique in western medicine both by doctors and others.
The use of acupuncture is not limited to joint pain many
other medical specialists now apply acupunctures benefits
to a variety of diseases.
people who suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic
arthritis, degenerative arthritis and gout seek pain relief from
acupuncture either alongside, or instead of, their arthritis
medication or other arthritis treatment.
how does acupuncture work?
involves the insertion of very fine needles into several points
around the body. These acupuncture points are often near to the
site of your arthritis pain and may be very tender to touch before
the needle is inserted. Other acupuncture points used for arthritis
pain relief may be quite a way distant from the affected joint
acupuncturists usually call these areas distal points. It depends
on the particular style of practice used by your acupuncture specialist
but you should expect to have anything between two and twenty needles
inserted each time you go for arthritis pain relief treatment by
needles used for acupuncture are extremely fine not much
wider than a human hair and they are often left in your skin
for more than twenty minutes during an acupuncture treatment session.
On average you will need between three and six acupuncture treatments
before you even begin to get relief of your joint pain. The number
of sessions needed varies. Long-standing and complex chronic pain
problems like arthritis might need one or two treatments a week
for several months. There is no way to predict how much pain relief
you will get from any one session of acupuncture it really
is a matter of try it and see what happens to your joints.
you first go for acupuncture treatment, the initial session might
last about an hour. Follow on appointments are often shorter in
length. Anything between two and twenty very thin needles are put
in place and left in the skin for several minutes. Having needles
stuck in your body may not sound like fun but most people say that
there is only a slight stinging sensation as the needles enter,
and no pain at all after that. The acupuncture specialist may stimulate
the needles by turning or rotating them quickly during your treatment
people do not experience side effects from acupuncture therapy but
a few of us can have problems such as bleeding or mild allergy.
You may feel dizzy after your first session if you havent
had acupuncture treatment before.
you suffer from arthritis pain then do consider trying acupuncture
treatment it could give you the arthritis pain relief that
you have been longing for.
can read more about arthritis pain relief, neck pain, lower back
pain, heel pain and other aspects of joint pain on my website. Youll
also find sections on frozen shoulder and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Gordon Cameron is a specialist in joint pain based in Edinburgh,
Scotland. He is an expert in joint pain, arthritis pain relief,
of gout and in whiplash
Cameron has also created an electronic book on the subject of frozen
shoulder. Explore the book for free and download a copy on his website
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