Arthritis affects one in every six adults in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Arthritis is a distressing disease that comes with many bothersome symptoms and pain.
Western medicine offers treatments such as pain medications and joint replacement surgeries to patients, which may alleviate pain, and other symptoms in some patients. But more individuals are turning to the holistic practice of Acupuncture as an integrated form of treatment to decrease joint discomforts and the chronic pain caused by arthritis, according to a Harvard Medical School publication.
Acupuncture can help with management of chronic pain.
Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice of inserting thin needles strategically into the body. Acupuncture has been gaining popularity as a method of pain relief for arthritis sufferers. Acupuncture helps control pain by balancing the flow of energy and boosting the amount of natural endorphins that are produced by a person’s body.
Acupuncture has shown a long history of successfully treating migraines, neck and back pain, and other muscle aches, but now is becoming more commonly accepted in the USA as a form of pain management for those suffering from arthritis.
Arthritis can lead to permanent joint damage if untreated.
In treating arthritis with Acupuncture, the objective is to eradicate the pain cycle caused when muscles in the body spasm and tighten. Over an extended period of time, these muscle spasms can lead to swelling, stiffness, and decreased range of motion in the affected areas of the body. As the disease of arthritis progresses, it may also cause permanent joint damage that interferes with successfully performing daily activities and may lead to permanent disability in affected individuals.
When Acupuncture is performed by a trained, licensed professional the treatment can help ease joint damage and pain by affecting neurotransmitters throughout the body and targeting imbalances in hormone levels and the immune system. Acupuncture treatments have been proven to help release natural endorphins in the body to help return inflamed muscles to their resting state, so that individuals are able to perform more daily duties with fewer symptoms.
The use of Acupuncture in the USA has steadily grown to help relieve pain.
Over the course of the past decade, Acupuncture has steadily grown to become a widely accepted procedure in treating arthritis, with several studies suggesting that undergoing frequent sessions can successfully aid in the management of chronic joint pain and inflammation. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine (JAMA), more than 3 million adults in the U.S. receive acupuncture on a yearly basis. The majority of patients seeking Acupuncture is for treatment of chronic pain.
The effectiveness of Acupuncture treatment varies from one patient to the next and largely depends on the severity of symptoms and frequency of the treatments. Studies suggest that patients undergoing repeated treatment for six to eight weeks consecutively offers the greatest likelihood of generating long-term benefits in pain management.
Consider trying a holistic path for pain.
Struggling to find relief in the management of your arthritis pain? Tired of depending on pain medication and ready to try and find an alternative treatment that will help? Fort Collins Family Acupuncture can help you explore and begin a more holistic treatment path for your pain.
Visit the Fort Collins Family Acupuncture website to learn more about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and how these holistic techniques can help with pain and other conditions. You will also find patient forms, along with other information located there.