Thousands of Canadians have been seeking out acupuncturists for back pain in recent years including acupuncture treatments for arthritis pain? Pain is the main complaint of arthritis sufferers in places like Red Deer Alberta, and acupuncture seems to be a very effective form of pain control.
Sticking needles under your skin doesn’t sound inviting but there are hundreds of people in Red Deer Alberta literally lining up for acupuncture treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. Acupuncture seems to be helping with pain relief in conditions like swollen joints, sciatic pain, and various forms of arthritis.
Acupuncture has finally, after roughly 2000 years, gained much acceptance as a regular medical practice in our western culture in North America. Research offers promising evidence that acupuncture can help with arthritis pain not only in Red Deer, but elsewhere in Canada as well.
“Acupuncture lessens pain by releasing tight, spasm-ed, muscles to their resting state, says “Dr Arlo Chinnery of the Red Deer Acupuncture Clinic. “It also helps release or stimulate the natural pain-fighting endorphins in the affected area”. Recent studies elsewhere in Canada show that acupuncture has helped hundreds of people get their lives back by helping them with pain management.
Acupuncture may also provide some symptom improvement for osteoarthritis as well. If you have constant aching joints, you will try just about any treatment out there from prescription medicine to chiropractic, but it is only until the last ten years or so that numbers seem to be increasing for new patients lining up to try acupuncture treatments, especially in Western Canada.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is an ancient practice that has played an important role in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncturists, like Dr Arlo, treat a variety of medical conditions by inserting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body.
By inserting these needle at precise locations in the body, the acupuncture needles seem to restore the flow of qi (flow of energy in the body) and improve overall health. After the needle is inserting in just the affected area, a signal travels along the spinal cord to the brain, which then triggers the release of endorphins.
Scientists believe this procedure reduces the sensation of pain allowing the patient to almost immediately feel better.. It is the swelling in the joints that often causes the arthritis pain, so by lessening the inflammation, we lessen the pain. Acupuncture also works in the nervous system by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
Acupuncture Treatment For Osteoarthritis
There is clear scientific evidence in Canada that acupuncture can help with painful condition like back pain, osteoarthritis (gradual wearing away of cartilage in joints), rheumatoid arthritis, and neck pain.
If Rheumatoid arthritis pain persists once inflammation has subsided, then acupuncture treatments are very effective in relieving joint pain. Patients with chronic osteoarthritis in Alberta, who have tried acupuncture for pain in the knee or the hip area, have showed significant improvements with pain management and overall quality of life because of acupuncture.
Most acupuncture patients in Red Deer usually receive about 12-15 sessions within a three month period. Then may come back in the future for more sessions when symptoms of arthritic pain returns, or they may never come back again. Those who receive regular acupuncture treatments for muscle and joint pain, are said to suffer less pain and stiffness, and as a result, enjoy a better quality of life.