Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for individuals who are living with some form of arthritis and chronic pain.
The Arthritis Foundation National Office has reported that chronic pain and inflammation plagues nearly 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the USA. For these individuals who are living with some form of arthritis, and who are suffering from the chronic pain and inflammation, it can seem like an exhausting and impossible task to find relief. No one seems to like it.
While prescription medications and joint surgeries may ease discomfort in some individuals, other non-invasive techniques may provide equally successful results for those seeking a more holistic approach through acupuncture to combat arthritic pain.
Acupuncture helps boost natural endorphins and reduce pain.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) practice of Acupuncture involves the insertion and stimulation of thin needles into specific pressure points throughout the body. This alternative treatment assists in the control of pain by boosting the amount of natural endorphins that are produced by a person’s body.
For thousands of years, Acupuncture has helped successfully treat headaches and other muscle aches. Today, this ancient therapy is becoming more commonly integrated into treatment plans as a form of pain management for those suffering from arthritis.
Acupuncture practitioners work with individuals to reduce or eliminate the pain cycle that is caused when muscles begin to spasm and tighten. Over time, such spasms can lead to swelling, pain, stiffness and often a decreased range of motion in the affected area(s) of the body.
In advanced stages, arthritis may cause permanent joint damage that interferes with daily activities such as walking or climbing stairs. Severe cases of arthritis can often cause permanent disability and subsequent unemployment for affected adults.
A large number of the USA population suffers from some form of arthritis.
Data from a National Health Interview Survey concluded that approximately 31% of individuals between the ages of 18 and 64 with medically diagnosed arthritis have reported arthritis-attributable work limitations. Such physical limitations can be delayed, or avoided altogether, when Acupuncture is performed successfully. This is because an Acupuncture procedure releases natural pain relievers in the body to help inflamed muscles return to their resting state, thus relieving the pain.
In addition, numerous other studies, from several sources, have found that multiple Acupuncture sessions can produce favorable outcomes in the management of chronic pain for individuals who are continually affected with pain. For example, a 2014 study in the Journal for the American Medical Association (JAMA) found individuals who underwent Acupuncture had slightly less overall pain compared with those who had no treatment.
For most individuals, the effectiveness of treatment largely depends on the severity of symptoms and frequency of treatment. According to research conducted by the Arthritis Foundation, undergoing Acupuncture on a weekly basis for up to two months offers the greatest likelihood of generating long-term benefits in pain management.
Is it time to get a handle on your pain?
Are you suffering pain? Are you ready to try something that can help you to control the pain and take back your life? Make an appointment with our offices to learn how Acupuncture may help you manage your arthritis and reduce chronic pain.
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