Blog articles about Acupuncture
Studies reveal that osteoarthritis (OA) affects approximately 2.46 million people in their knees and 4.71 million in their hip region in the UK.
The studies also found that women are more commonly affected than men.
Arthritis does not have a one-size-fits-all treatment, it’s a complex disorder with 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 diagnose 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, needles into specific points that can help restore a smooth circulation within your joint(s) and body. The insertion of these needles also boosts 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 acupuncture. These sessions were done in conjunction with their regular medical care and the improvement in symptoms occurred after a few weeks of acupuncture.
As you can read, on the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) website, acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and causes the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. This influences the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, which also promote mental and physical wellbeing.
Should you decide to try acupuncture, find an acupuncturist who is registered with the BAcC and ideally someone that has been recommended to you. It is often also 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.
Where do the needles go?
We generally use a combination of ‘local’ and ‘distal’ points. ‘Local’ points are on your abdomen and are above and below your navel. ‘Distal’ points are on your arms and legs, generally below your elbow and knees.
I will always discuss what points I am going to use first and make sure that you feel comfortable. If you do not, please let me know.
How much treatment do I need?
At the initial consultation we go through your medical history and any notes or test results that you have, and combine these with a Chinese medical diagnosis to develop an individual treatment plan to suit you. Treatment is generally advised every week to two weeks for as long as is necessary. Weekly treatment is often ideal, as this allows me to work with each phase of your menstrual cycle in turn.
As money is always an issue it is important that we find a sustainable approach to treatment for you.