Osteoarthritis is a disorder affecting the joints. It usually comes with pain prompting the patients to seek treatment for relief. One of the available treatments for this condition includes acupuncture.
Its most common symptoms include stiffness and pain in the joints, a grinding or creaking sensation with every movement, and swelling in the affected area. Osteoarthritis usually affects more women than men.
The risk of osteoarthritis increases with age, although some cases also affect younger people. This condition usually affects the hip joint and knee, mainly due to weakened muscles that eventually grow bowed or bent.
A well-trained and experienced acupuncturist will insert fine needles, about 0.18mm to 0.51mm into the meridians, where the Chi flows, to correct your osteoarthritis. But before that, the acupuncturist will check the intensity of the pain as well as your detailed medical history. Your case history will help the practitioner determine the duration of your condition, what specific meridians are affected, and whether your energy force is imbalanced.
Recent studies have shown that puncturing the body at certain points with needles, the corresponding nerve endings are stimulated, hence activating neuropeptides and endogenous monoamines. The electromagnetic signals are released to point immune cells and the rest of the neurohormones to the area affected by arthritis. They not only removes the symptoms but also restores good health. These are two of the biggest benefits of using acupuncture.
Most patients report only slight discomfort, although this is more than made up for by the deep relaxation they enjoy their treatment session. Each session usually lasts 30 minutes, with the patient coming to the center once or twice a week. The length of the treatment depends on the physical and mental condition of the patient, although many reports showed just how acupuncture has helped improve their symptoms. In most cases, the patients felt symptom reduction right after the first session.
Research was conducted to test the effects of sham and genuine acupuncture which involved using needles that do not even pierce the skin, without the patient knowing about it. It was reported that the participants in the group with real acupuncture treatment enjoyed a 40% reduction in pain.
If you are willing to give acupuncture a try to get rid of osteoarthritis, it would be better if you seek help from an experienced and professional acupuncturist. That way, you can trust the quality of their services and enjoy a higher chance of finally be free from the pain and discomfort caused by osteoarthritis.
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