Acupuncture For Arthritis

by Administrator 21. May 2015 13:24

Arthritis is a chronic degenerative condition causing pain and inflammation in one or many joints of the body. The term ‘Arthritis’ is used to denote various types of joint conditions such as Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, and Rheumatism etc. The condition is more prone to people aged 65 years or more and can affect any joint of the body. It can be caused due to age related wear and tear in the joint cartilage, family history of Arthritis, abnormal metabolism, injury to the joint, infection, overactive immune system, repetitive physical activity that puts strain on the joint, obesity etc.

How Acupuncture Can Help?

Acupuncture involves inserting fine needles at particular points in your skin. The needles may be stimulated manually, by heat or by a small electrical current. Acupuncture relieves the primary symptoms of Arthritis by diverting the painful sensations sent to the brain from damaged tissues and by stimulating the body’s pain-relieving hormones.

Acupuncture relieves the pain associated with Arthritis in three different ways:

  • It triggers the release of endorphins in the body that impedes the patient’s ability to feel pain. 
  • By working through the nervous system, acupuncture restricts the sensory nerve fibers to transmit pain signals to the brain.
  • Acupuncture neutralizes trigger points. These are the reactive areas, commonly found near the Arthritic joints, which are responsible for chronic pain.

Acupuncture points for Arthritis are located throughout the body and not just around the affected joint. A typical acupuncture session may last from 5 to 30 minutes where fine needles are inserted along the patient’s arms, shoulder legs or toes. Besides pain, acupuncture can also help relive or control other symptoms of the two main forms of Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, in the following way.

  • Osteoarthritis: A gradual wearing and build of calcium in the joint cartilage, restricting its mobility, characterize the condition. Acupuncture, in this case, works by triggering the parathyroid glands to produce hormones that remove arthritic deposits from the bones.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: This condition is characterized by pain, swelling, warmth and redness in and around the arthritic joint. In order to provide relief to the patient, acupuncture triggers the adrenal glands to produce body’s natural steroid hormones that may reduce inflammation. It also works by inactivating the trigger points near the joints so that the patient does not feel any pain even after the inflammation has subsided.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide comprehensive acupuncture care for different types of Arthritis. To schedule an appointment with our acupuncturists, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit the clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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