Do you suffer from arthritis pain? Do your joints hurt in the morning or after a long day? How about your knees? Do they bother you after you run or play tennis? Do your finger or knuckle joints ache and keep you from using your hands? If this describes you, then you must try acupuncture!
Arthritis Pain Explained
Chinese medicine understands pain as stuck Qi (energy). Qi flows through pathways called channels. Arthritis pain comes from blocked Qi in the channels as it tries to move through the joints. Channels exist through the entire body and through all joints. They are located parallel to nerves, but are not nerves.
Channels tend to get blocked in the joints, especially where there is joint degeneration. Remember, arthritis is not a condition you catch – it is simply degeneration of the joints (good ‘ol wear and tear from use over time). This triggers blocked Qi, which causes arthritis pain.
Acupuncture – How It Works
Acupuncture re-opens the channels. It does so by moving stuck Qi in specific areas. It’s similar to blockage on a highway from a car accident. Acupuncture is like the tow truck that hauls the wreck away. When the acupuncture needle opens the channel, pain is reduced or eliminated. The arthritis does not go away, but the arthritis pain DOES go away. That’s right – having arthritis does not mean you have to hurt.
Remember what arthritis is. It is pain triggered by hard working joints that have worn down over time. It’s a natural process, albeit a painful one. Think of it as a circulation issue. As the joints wear down, Qi and blood cannot flow smoothly as they did when the joints were smooth. Acupuncture restores proper Qi and blood circulation, allowing pain to ease. In other words, the source of pain is not from worn joints – it’s from poor circulation. Improve circulation and pain eases.
What About Injuries?
Arthritis is not the only cause of joint pain. Traumatic injury causes pain to the hands, wrists, knees, ankles, hips and shoulders. Acupuncture helps here by re-opening channels that were blocked from the injury. At the same time it increases Qi and Blood circulation to the injured joint, speeding the healing process.
For example, runners frequently injure their knees. Acupuncture heals the knee injury by boosting the body’s healing capacity and improving circulation to the affected area. Golfers and tennis players injure their elbows and develop painful tendinitis (golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow). Acupuncture works great for these injuries as well using the same healing principles. Basketball players get ankle injuries, hikers get big toe pain. No matter where the joint issue, acupuncture speeds recovery and helps prevent recurrence.
What To Expect
As with all acupuncture treatments, there are no negative side effects. It is painless, relaxing and fast-acting. We use sterile, single-use, hair thin needles. You will hardly feel them. Many of our patients fall asleep during their sessions. Afterwards you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
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What our Clients are Saying
My knees were so bad with arthritis that I couldn’t play golf. My wife did research on the internet and said acupuncture might help. I went in not expecting much. He told me it would take three to six treatments to see if it would work. My case was tougher because I’m overweight. Sure enough, after five treatments the pain started easing. I needed twelve treatments total, but my knees improved so much I’m playing golf again. I go in for what he calls tune-ups every month, but I don’t mind. The acupuncture keeps my knees not hurting. I’ve recommended it to my golf buddies and they’ve had success as well.
I had been getting botox injections for my face over the past five years, and it worked well. But a friend said that acupuncture could get more lasting results in a more natural way. I inquired at Raleigh Acupuncture and was surprised at how affordable it was. They explained that as an added bonus, I would receive acupuncture to help other issues at the same time that they treated my face. So I took the opportunity to deal with some arthritis in my hands and a bad knee. The facial rejuvenation was amazing. It happens over the course of 12 weeks and I literally saw wrinkles disappear! After each treatment I felt so relaxed. I’m hooked on acupuncture now, both for my face and the rest of me. The staff at Raleigh Acupuncture are very professional, friendly and skilled. I felt safe and comfortable during each visit.
All of my joints were hurting. I’ve got fibromyalgia and it effects me by making my joints hurt. The pain would move around from place to place, first the hip, the next day the shoulder, then the knee, etc. The practitioner at Raleigh Acupuncture explained that the best way to treat my kind of moving joint pain was to treat me holistically. Instead of treating the hip one day, the shoulder the next, they treated the root of the pain. They said this type of treatment would also improve my mood and my sleep. Right on all counts. I started feeling better after the second treatment. It’s like all of the joints just settled down and stopped giving me trouble. I had less flares and the intensity of the pain went way down. My sleep is better, not just because I have less pain. I’m more relaxed and less stressed. I’ve made this treatment a regular part of my life. I’m very grateful.
I had terrible pain in my hands from arthritis, especially my thumbs. I could not even open a jar anymore – there was no strength. My neighbor was seeing an acupuncturist at Raleigh Acupuncture, so I made an appointment. They were so sweet. I was apprehensive about the needles, but they told me they would use extra small ones, which I hate to admit, but I couldn’t even see without my glasses. They put needles in my hands, arms and in different places on my legs as well. I believe it made a substantial difference. My hands stopped hurting all the time and my grip strength increased. My thumbs still give me some trouble, but not nearly like before. I’d say I am 80% improved with my arthritis. Now I have all of my friends going to them!