Can Acupuncture Help Relieve Arthritis Pain?

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis, is a condition that involves the deterioration of a joint/ joints. It is the most common form of arthritis. Symptoms can include local joint pain, tenderness, swelling, morning stiffness and locking.  There are several factors that can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis which include: age, obesity, overuse, and genetics. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but it is more likely to affect joints of the spine, knee, hip, and hand.  In most cases, osteoarthritis pain can be managed with lifestyle changes and the use of pain management therapies.

One natural approach to pain management is acupuncture. Acupuncture has been show to be very effective in reducing pain caused by osteoarthritis. A study conducted on patients with osteoarthritis of the knee revealed, “Patients in the acupuncture group had a greater reduction of pain and stiffness with an improved functioning and quality of life compared to those in the placebo group.” Acupuncture is the use of sterile, thin needles into specific points on the body. The use of the needles stimulates an increase in blood flow. Also, acupuncture helps to increase the body’s endorphin production. Endorphins are your natural pain relieving neurotransmitters. The increase in blood flow and increase in endorphin production are just a few of the ways that acupuncture can help alleviate the pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. If you are looking for a safe and natural way to manage your arthritis pain acupuncture may benefit you. Below is some additional information on the use of acupuncture and arthritis. To schedule an appointment call Natural Health Chiropractic at (480) 222- 2129.


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