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Consider Acupuncture If You Happen to Suffer from Arthritis Pain

It has never been easy to treat arthritis and the symptoms of this disease are usually managed by the use of unpalatable and toxic arthritis drugs. Besides being a powerful relief for pain, acupuncture has been used as an alternative remedy for arthritis for a lot of pain sufferers. Acupuncture treatment for arthritis is described below.

What is Acupuncture and How Does it Work for the Relief of Arthritis Pain?

Used by New York practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been relieving arthritis pain for over 4,000 years. For several years now, this treatment has been widely used for Western physicians and other Western trained medical professionals.

In the treatment of arthritis pain, acupuncture has claimed exceptional results. Relief of joint and arthritis pain are some of the popular reasons for using acupuncture among the countries of the West. Millions of people all over the world are suffering from different types of arthritic conditions including gout, degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Some of them have turned to acupuncture for pain relief– either as a standalone treatment or used along with other arthritis treatment such as arthritis drugs.

Acupuncture uses extremely thin needles stuck into specific points on the body known as acupoints. These points are usually near the area where the pain is felt. They can be quite tender to the touch prior to the insertion of the needles. Some acupoints needled to bring about relief are remote from the affected site. Practitioners refer to these points as distal points. You should expect around two to twenty needles placed in your body each time you come for treatment although the number of needles used will depend on the acupuncturist’s style of practice.

A lot of arthritis patients require around three to six acupuncture sessions before they start experiencing good results. The needles do not cause pain when they’re inserted into the body. They are left inserted for around 20 to 40 minutes.

Each person reacts to acupuncture in a unique way so there’s no way of telling how much relief a person will get from the treatment. The only way to know if it works for you is to try it and see what happens.

How is acupuncture utilized in the relief of arthritis pain?

During your first session which may last for up to an hour, as few as two needles to as many as twenty needles may be inserted in your body. The needles generate a slight stinging sensation but no pain, as they penetrate the skin. Your acupuncturist can increase stimulation of the points by rotating or turning the needles during treatment.

Unlike the hypodermic needles that are hollow, thick and used to draw blood or vaccinate people, acupuncture needles are solid and extremely thin and solid and may not be as uncomfortable when they’re inserted into the body. How much treatment you require may vary. For complex and long-standing chronic pain issues such as arthritis, you might need one or two sessions a week for many months.

People usually do not feel any side effects from acupuncture although some can get infections or bleed because of the needles. There are those who have never undergone acupuncture and during their first session, may feel dizzy during the procedure.

Consider acupuncture if you happen to suffer from arthritis pain. Who knows, this treatment might provide you the relief you have long been looking for.

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