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Can Acupuncture Help With Arthritis Pain?

Arthritis is a very common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. People who suffer from arthritis usually feel pain and inflammation in the joints. However, there are different variations of arthritis. The most common ones are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis and they both tend to have a huge impact on the person's ability to function normally. After all, the symptoms can vary from mild discomfort to huge, debilitating pain.

One of the things to keep in mind about arthritis is that there are many different treatments to treat it. One of the most common therapies is acupuncture.

Knee Acupuncture
Knee Acupuncture

Acupuncture & Arthritis Pain

According to some studies, acupuncture can, indeed, help relieve the symptoms of some people, especially in the cases of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. This can be explained by the fact that acupuncture may have an anti-inflammatory effect. So, when you get an acupuncture session, you may notice the body flow improve and the relaxation of the muscle tone.

However, in other studies, the relief of symptoms didn't come alone; it also brought some side effects and risks.

Overall speaking, most professionals tend to agree that acupuncture can actually help with arthritis pain. However, it has been difficult to conduct serious studies on the topic. The main reason is that acupuncturists will individualize the treatment plan for each patient. This means that it is difficult to get reliable and controlled clinical trials.

Benefits Of Using Acupuncture For Arthritis Pain

According to the Arthritis Foundation, people who undergo acupuncture to treat arthritis report many different benefits. These include:

  • Pain relief, since acupuncture stimulates nerve fibers to block out pain signals

  • Improved sleep, due to the release of melatonin

  • Stress relief, following the stimulation of endorphins and oxytocin

  • Improved sense of well-being from the release of serotonin.

Bottom Line

Acupuncture treatments can help with arthritis pains and pain management. Acupuncture used in conjunction with chiropractic care can help reduce arthritic pains and help you live a happier and healthier life. Have questions? Reach out to us and we will be happy to answer any questions!

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