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.