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Is Acupuncture Effective for Arthritis?

Acupuncture in Edmonton

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine, practiced for 2000 years. Recently, it has gained popularity in western societies. Acupuncture curbs pain and boosts the natural painkillers called endorphins. The treatment benefits chronic pain. Acupuncture consists of the slick prick of thinner needles inserted in certain spots on the body. Some people may experience numbness, mild soreness, and tingling sensation during the treatment. Acupuncture is a cost-effective way to treat pain from arthritis with minimal risk. 

Many patients have found acupuncture to be effective against multiple symptoms of arthritis.

Helps in Pain Conditions

Acupuncture is an effective form of pain management. It is a drug-free pain relief treatment. Acupuncture involves a process of applying pressure on the affected areas using thin needles. It reduces swelling and pain conditions. Arthritis causes pains and inflammation in joints, which may gradually spread throughout the body.  Acupuncture can be a good alternative solution for medication for the treatment of arthritis.

Releases Endogenous Opioid

Acupuncture helps to release endogenous peptide-like endorphin. Opioid peptides have a widespread but selective distribution in central and nervous systems. This system involves pain modulation, response to stress and autonomic control. Endorphins help inhibit the perception of pain naturally.

Provides Anti-Inflammatory Effect

Micro-tears in the muscle fibers results in sore muscles. Micro-tears causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the part of the body’s natural immune response to injury. The cytokines molecules caused by inflammation are suppressed by acupuncture. Therefore it decreases inflammation in the body. Though there are western medicines for inflammatory conditions, acupuncture provides drug-free treatment for the same.

Increases Range of Motion

Acupuncture releases stress and tension from muscles. It helps in increasing the flexibility of the muscles through a proper flow of blood. Acupuncture also releases stiffness in the tissue hence expanding the range of motion in muscle and joints. It helps you to flex the muscles.

Circulates the Flow of Blood

Acupuncture increases nitric oxide which is a crucial regulator of local blood circulation. The change in circulation can reduce the pain. Acupuncture helps to regulate the flow of blood to the affected areas.

Deactivates Painful Trigger Points

Acupuncture treatment-points for arthritis is located all over the body including the affected areas.
Trigger points are profoundly tender and extremely reactive areas that develop within the muscles. Acupuncture treatment may prevent minor injuries to these trigger points in the future.

The relief from arthritis through acupuncture has been studied many times. Most people, suffering from arthritis, have found relief using the treatment.  Acupuncture would be more effective for you if you get treated by a certified acupuncturist.

Massage therapy is also quite effective against arthritis and can be used as complementary to the acupuncture process in order to quicken the healing process. You may book an appointment with Emerald Hills Physio for a rejuvenating massage therapy session. We are located in your friendly neighborhood of Sherwood Park, adjacent to the eastern boundary of Edmonton.