New Findings from the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation just released findings that decisively concludes that acupuncture is beneficial in the management of arthritic pain. They quoted three studies that have shown that osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia all respond beneficially to the use of acupuncture.

In one study, 300,000 Germans utilized acupuncture along with their traditional therapies and found that they had less pain, better mobility, and less stiffness than their counterparts that had not included acupuncture in their therapy. Similar results were found in smaller studies that  involved patients coping with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Why does it work? When acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin, the pain receptors in the brain are deactivated, and endorphins are released throughout the body. These endorphins create a state of relaxation and overall wellness. Bound muscle tissues release with the insertion of needles, and muscles return to a resting state.

Acupuncture is an excellent tool for managing these ongoing nagging pains that we sometimes feel we just “have to live with”. Often just 4-6 treatments can make a world of difference. Rather than slowing down and avoiding certain activities, why not give acupuncture a try and get back in the game

Listed below is a link to the Arthritis Foundation, in the event that you’d like to obtain any additional information on Arthritis & Acupuncture.


In the midst of a new frontier in our nation’s healthcare, Balance Health + Wellness providers are adding to our network to make it easier for all patients to receive excellent and alternative care. Changes in our insurance coverage are below, please call your insurance company to see if your policy covers the service. Or, call our front desk for assistance at 773-472-0560.

Mary Pat Finley, Licensed Acupuncturist is now in-network with:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

Renato Hess, Physical Therapist is now in-network with BCBS and:

  • United Healthcare
  • Worker’s Compensation