Pain Relief with Accupuncture
pain has never been easy to treat and arthritis symptoms have
often been managed by the use of possibly toxic or unpalatable
arthritis medication. Acupuncture can result in powerful arthritis
pain relief and it can provide an alternative arthritis remedy
for many pain sufferers. Arthritis treatment by acupuncture is
pain relief with acupuncture - what is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for arthritis pain relief in traditional
Chinese medicine for many thousands of years. It has recently
become a widely used technique in western medicine – both
by doctors and others.
claims good results in the treatment of arthritis pain. Arthritis
pain relief and joint pain relief are among the most common reasons
for using acupuncture in Western countries.
people who suffer from osteoathritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
psoriatic arthritis, degenerative arthritis and gout seek pain
relief from acupuncture – either alongside, or instead
of, their arthritis medication or other arthritis treatment.
involves the insertion of very fine needles into several points
around the body. These acupuncture points are often near to the
site of your arthritis pain and may be very tender to touch before
the needle is inserted. Other acupuncture points used for arthritis
pain relief may be quite a way distant from the affected joint – acupuncturists
usually call these areas “
distal points.” It depends on the particular style of practice
used by your acupuncturists but you should expect to have anything
between two and twenty needles inserted each time you go for
arthritis pain sufferers need from three to six treatment
sessions before they begin to get relief. The needles are extremely
fine – not much wider than a human hair – and
left in your skin for more than twenty minutes during a treatment
is no way to predict how much arthritis pain relief you will
get from acupuncture – it really is a matter of try
it and see what happens.
is acupuncture used in arthritis pain relief?
Your first acupuncture session may last about an hour and subsequent
appointments are often shorter in length. From two to
twenty very thin needles are put in place and left there for
several minutes. Having needles stuck in your body may not sound
like fun but most people say there's only a slight stinging sensation
as the needles enter, and no pain at all after that.
therapist may stimulate the needles by turning or rotating
them quickly during your treatment session. Acupuncture needles
are very thin and solid with a smooth point and having them inserted
may not be as uncomfortable as getting an immunisation having
blood taken for a blood test. The number of sessions needed varies.
Long-standing and complex chronic pain problems like arthritis
might need one or two treatments a week for several months.
people do not experience side effects from acupuncture
therapy but a few of us can have problems such as bleeding or
infection. Some people who have never experienced acupuncture
may feel dizzy after their first acupuncture treatment.
you suffer from arthritis then do consider trying acupuncture
– it may provide the arthritis pain relief that you have been
can read more about arthritis pain relief and other aspects of
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Gordon Cameron is a specialist in joint pain based in Edinburgh,
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