In the United Kingdom, osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee affects about 10% of people over 55 with a quarter of them experiencing severely disabling pain and loss of function. Studies from the UK reveal that OA approximately affects 2.46 million people in their knees and 4.71 million in their hip region. Arthritis Research UK have also found that more women are affected by OA than men.
Arthritis is not a single affliction with a one-size-fits-all treatment, it’s a very complex disorder consisting of more than 100 different conditions that can affect you at any stage of your life. Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are the two most common forms of this condition.
How acupuncture can help you
Traditional acupuncture diagnoses and corrects imbalances in the body. According to Chinese Medicine, arthritis develops and flares up when the circulation within the joints becomes deficient or blocked. The result can be pain, discomfort or immobility. When treating your condition, we diagnoses carefully the reason that there is an issue in the joint(s) by talking to you, looking at your tongue, checking the temperature and colour of the surface of your body, palpating the muscles for congestion and by taking your pulse. Once a clear diagnosis has been made we insert very fine, sterile, stainless-steel needles into specific points that can help restore a smooth circulation within the joint(s) and body in general. The insertion of these needles also boost your bodies production of natural painkillers (endorphins) in order to alleviate pain. A beneficial side effect of having acupuncture that helps reduce the experience of pain while the issue is being resolved.
After a study conducted in Germany, 304 674 people who suffer from knee osteoarthritis reported less pain and stiffness after 15 acupuncture sessions. These sessions were done in conjunction with their regular medical care and the improvement in symptoms occurred immediately after 3 months of acupuncture.
According to the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. This influences the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, which then promotes mental and physical wellbeing.
Should you decide to try acupuncture, make sure you find an acupuncturist who is recommended. Your chosen practitioner should be someone who understands your condition and that you feel comfortable with. It may also be possible to check customer reviews.
It’s also important to note that it may require repeat sessions to experience relief from your symptoms. In some cases the effects are immediate but more severe or chronic cases may require a course or on-going treatment.