Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Arthritis Acupuncture

Arthritis acupucture is a method originally used by Chinese doctors and adopted by Western doctors. It’s purpose is in stimulating energy channels in the body so that a person can fight off the pain and discomfort brought on by arthritis.

With arthritis acupucture, you will be able to find relief from pain, but it is not going to be permanent. The pain will come back. Also, arthritis acupucture cannot be the sole treatment plan for your arthritis. It is a supplement treatment.

Acupucture doctors use long stainless steel needles to trigger the endorphins in the body so that pain will decrease. This is accomplished when the acupucture needles go in and find the muscle nerves. When the muscle has been poked by a needle, it will begin to feel full, and will send a message to the brain. In turn, the brain will release the endorphins.

The number of needles that will be used will depend on the condition of the person. They are also not pierced through the body at a standard depth. Some needles may not go in as deep. The needles are left in the body anywhere between 10 minutes to one hour. During this time, the needles are electrically charged and twirled. The degree of electricity used can be adjusted if the patient is feeling uncomfortable. The pain of the needles being inserted is even less than a regular injection, however, you may feel a tingling sensation after.

It is important that you refrain from driving or handling heavy equipment after treatment. You might not be as alert as you should be, and this could cause accidents. Bring someone with you when you go in for an arthritis acupucture session.

For the Chinese, arthritis acupucture is science. It is not some kind of hocus pocus medicine. In fact, even the Western culture has deemed acupucture to be safe, provided it is done by a professional. In the United States, there are over 6,000 licensed acupucture doctors; while FDA has approved the acupucture needles as a medical device.

With regards to its effectiveness as a cure for the joint pains, this still has to be proven with further study. So far though, all studies have pointed to improvements in pain management for arthritis sufferers. Again, it will not remove the pain, but minimize it.

One of the recognized benefits of arthritis acupucture is the fact you do not get dependent on pain medication. You will also not develop resistance to pain medication. The problem with drugs is that you need to keep increasing dosage because you develop tolerance, and this translates to an even bigger problem of drug dependence.

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