Acupuncture for arthritis
First, let’s look at a very basic definition of arthritis. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disorder that usually results in the experience of pain and / or stiffness. The two most common diagnoses of arthritis are:
Osteoarthritis (OA): This basically means “damage” to the joints. It is a progressive disorder in which the cartilage of the joint breaks, causing the bones of the joints to rub, reducing the range of motion and resulting in a feeling of pain and stiffness.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): commonly referred to as an “autoimmune disorder” that is established in the joint. It is an inflammatory process in which rheumatic factors and antibodies affect other parts of the body’s immune system. It affects the joints, contributes to bone erosion and causes swelling, tenderness, pain and stiffness.
Western doctors usually prescribe medication and physiotherapy for arthritis.
Acupuncture treatments can help relieve symptoms and improve joint function.
Studies continue to confirm that acupuncture relieves pain, promotes joint mobility and nourishes cartilage to prevent it from breaking. In fact, a recent systematic review published in the journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine concluded that:
“Acupuncture alone or in combination with other treatments is beneficial for the clinical manifestations of RA without any side effects and can improve function and quality of life and is worth a try. Several important possible healing mechanisms were summarized, such as anti-inflammatory effect, antioxidant effect and regulation of immune system function. »
How do you get started?
Call and schedule an appointment with us at Beyond home. Our goal is to be accessible and efficient. We know that the experience of pain in two people is not the same and therefore the treatments are adapted to your needs.
Your session will begin with a brief discussion of your health history and then your acupuncturist will place some tiny needles in specific locations to encourage circulation, relieve pain and promote your body’s natural healing reactions. After the needles remain for 30 – 40 minutes they are removed.
Due to the chronic nature of arthritis pain, a realistic course of treatment would be one acupuncture session every three days for eight treatments, followed by one session per week for eight weeks and then preventive care for two sessions per month. Everyone’s body reacts differently to acupuncture. The frequency of sessions, treatment plan and results you will experience will be closely monitored by your Acupuncturist and adjustments will be discussed as your body heals.
If arthritis pain is holding you back or preventing you from engaging in the activities you enjoy, start acupuncture treatments with us!