Arthritis is a common complex condition that causes pain and inflammation within a joint and can affect people at any stage of life. Two of the most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While these two forms of arthritis have very different causes, risk factors, and effects on the body they both share the severe joint pain.
Acupuncture aims to help relieve arthritis by stimulating certain acupoints to effect the nervous system. This then causes a release in neurochemical messengers, changing the body’s chemical state to promote both physical and mental wellbeing. Certain areas of the brain are also affected, reducing sensitivity to stress and pain when nerves located in muscles are stimulated and endorphins are released.
The British Acupuncture Council shows supporting evidence for using acupuncture to help arthritis as it states ‘Traditional acupuncture as practised by qualified members of the BAcC is a safe and effective option for those suffering with osteoarthritis, low back pain and fibromyalgia. In fact NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) already recommends acupuncture for the treatment of persistent non-specific low back pain’.
At Acupuncture That Works we are happy to help if you are suffering from arthritis and will be happy to offer you a first free no obligation assessment and talk to you about the benefits that treatment could bring. Please call us on 0800 051 76 88 to make your appointment.