Acupuncture Treatment for Arthritis
Arthritis, although very common, is usually misunderstood. It’s not one specific disease, but a straightforward way of referring to joint disease or joint pain comprising of more than 100 distinct conditions. It affects people of all ages, races, and genders, being the leading cause of disability in America with more than 50 million adults and 300 thousand children affected. Arthritis is more frequent with age, especially those over 65, and it is most common among women and those who are overweight. At Shore Points Wellness, our acupuncturist in Clifton takes a natural approach to heal your arthritis.
What causes arthritis?
A reduction in cartilage tissue can be a cause of some form of arthritis, as this tissue protects the joints by acting as a shock and pressure absorbent during movement and as you put stress on the joints.
- Osteoarthritis (OA), which is one of the most common types of arthritis, is caused by normal wear and tear of the joints. Infection and injury may affect the tissue’s natural breakdown, and your risk of developing osteoarthritis may increase if your family has a history of the disease.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another common form of arthritis, and it’s an autoimmune disorder. With these kinds of diseases, your immune system mistakenly attacks the body, wherein this case, attacks the tissues of the body. When the immune system attacks those tissues, it affects the synovium, which is a soft tissue found in your joints and acts as a lubricant that produces a nourishing fluid to the cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis will invade and destroy the joint and can eventually lead to the destruction of both the bone and cartilage inside the joint.
Acupuncture & arthritis
Acupuncture aims to correct the body’s energy imbalances, or “qi”, which is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine. During the procedure, our acupuncturist in Clifton will insert tiny stainless-steel needles into the body to stimulate its 12 main energy-carrying channels called meridians. Illness or pain rises when the flow of energy is out of balance or blocked. With over 2,000 acupuncture points connecting to these channels, it is said that by stimulating these points with needles, it will correct your qi’s flow and alleviate any pain. Frequency and length of treatment will vary according to the patient’s intensity of pain and its severity and pervasiveness.
Acupuncture and its effect on relieving arthritis pain have been studied numerous times. It has been shown that not only can acupuncture alleviate your arthritis pain, but it also helps stimulate the release of endorphins — the body’s natural pain fighters. According to a study conducted by Dr. Brian Berman, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, knee arthritis pain can be relieved, and movement may be improved, with the combination of acupuncture and standard drug therapy.
Acupuncture is growing as an arthritis treatment because people are finding significant relief from the treatment without the negative effects other options may be accompanied by. Schedule an appointment with our acupuncturist in Clifton to finally free yourself of your arthritis pain.