Arthritis Pain Relief
Worldwide, over 350 million people suffer from arthritis. Acupuncture is a natural, drug free option that alleviates the pain and suffering of arthritis.
Acupuncture is an ancient practice that has survived because
it is effective. It can’t fully be fully explained in western terms. People can’t deny it works, even if they don’t understand it.
Two Types of Arthritis
There are two types of arthritis. The first is “Rheumatoid Arthritis” or “RA”. RA is characterized by swelling and inflammation in and around affected joints. The amount of inflammation tends to fluctuate. RA is considered an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues. Acupuncture alleviates the pain and swelling of RA, and reduces the frequency of flare ups.
The second type of arthritis is more common, “Osteoarthritis”. Osteoarthritis is caused by the gradual wear and tear on the cartilage in joints, that in turn causes deposits of calcium to form, thus limiting mobility of the joint. Acupuncture helps reduce pain, increases mobility, and over the long term, by increasing circulation in the region, aids in the reabsorption of the excess calcium deposits.
How long is a course of treatment?
Each person is unique, acupuncture works differently for different people. One session usually does not result in lasting pain relief. The standard is at least two sessions a week for four to five weeks. It also depends on the severity of the condition being treated. Most people need 5 to 10 sessions to get lasting pain relief. Once that relief is achieved, the frequency is reduced. Eventually, only occasional maintenance visits are required. Be sure to get your “tune up” prior to a full out flare up! If you receive acupuncture at the first twinges of a flare up, you may only need a treatment or two. If you wait, you will require many more visits.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective method for battling pain.