Symptoms caused by arthritis are anything but pleasant. From waking up with stiff joints in the morning to having trouble walking short distances, arthritis can have a negative effect on almost every physical activity. There are plenty of medications that help with these symptoms and aim to slow the progression, but sometimes they are not enough.
When seeking natural alternatives to arthritis medications, the common recommendations are weight management, exercise, and hot and cold therapy. But, as natural treatment methods grow in popularity and research progresses, acupuncture has become much more accepted and relied on as a treatment method for those unwanted arthritis symptoms.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. This popular medical treatment is based on maintaining a healthy flow of vital energy—known as qi—through the meridians of the body. These meridians flow from head to toe and acupuncture aims to unblock that energy flow or refocus the energy on areas of the body that need it.
Acupuncture for Arthritis
A certified acupuncturist will walk you through a quick consultation to determine where you are suffering from pain, stiffness, and inflammation, and where the needles need to be inserted to provide relief. Patients can expect relief as soon as their first session, but it is often recommended to schedule regular acupuncture sessions for long-term relief. This is especially true for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers.
In a systemic review of 43 studies published in 2018, the authors concluded, “acupuncture alone or combined with other treatment modalities is beneficial to the clinical conditions of RA without adverse effects reported, can improve function and quality of life and is worth trying.” In many of these studies, meaningful arthritis relief was reported including anti-inflammation, antioxidative effects, and immune system regulation.
Acupuncture for Arthritis in Centennial, CO
Acupuncture is one of the many natural treatment methods available to arthritis sufferers. If you are near us in Centennial or anywhere in the South Denver Metro Area, we would love to help you find arthritis relief. During the month of February, we are offering FREE consultations to evaluate your arthritic condition and see if we can help you find relief. Call us or contact us online today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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