28. November 2015 · Comments Off on Treat Osteoarthritis Safely and Effectively Using Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A quite common health condition especially for middle aged individuals and seniors, osteoarthritis is a condition in which the joints progressively degenerate. As one can surmise, osteoarthritis can be quite a painful disease. Here is how it develops:

The cartilage is a layer of membrane found between all the joints in our body. The cartilage helps make body movement easy as it serves like a lubricating membrane between two adjacent bones when we are young. When there is movement, this cartilage helps to prevent the two bones from rubbing against each other.

But as the body ages, the cartilage starts to gradually break down. When it becomes eroded or degenerates, the cartilage can no longer function as an effective protective layer for the bones. Therefore, whenever there is movement, pain will always be felt. In several instances cases, swelling (due to inflammation) follows the soreness.

Osteoarthritis can develop from a number of causes. It can be the result of overuse, injury, old age, or heredity. That is the reason why some people in their 20s or 30s have developed this condition.

A person suffering from osteoarthritis needs to go for treatment as soon as possible. There are a couple of reasons for this. One reason is to prevent further damage to the cartilage. The other reason is to relieve the swelling, soreness, and pain that come with osteoarthritis.

There is a need to treat the inflammation if the inflammation develops around the diseased joints. A lot of medical doctors often prescribe steroidal anti-inflammation medications. But since these drugs have undesirable side effects, more and more doctors are searching for other ways to treat the condition without the use of these steroids. Studies have shown that these drugs can actually induce osteoarthritis, which make worsens the condition even more.

Acupuncture is one safe and effective way of treating osteoarthritis in New York. It can be used alongside NSAIMS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines). A recent study has showed that acupuncture treatment helped relieve the pain in 70% of osteoarthritis patients who participated in the study.

Acupuncture is actually a form of Chinese healing procedure that has been practiced for thousands of years. Nowadays, more and more Western physicians are studying this Eastern form of treatment in order to integrate it into their medical practice. Acupuncture involves the sticking of filiform needles to stimulate the acupoints in the body. According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the body has more than 2000 acupoints. The body is able to heal itself when chi (vital energy) is internally balanced. Hence, the primary aim acupuncture treatment is to stimulate the acupoints in order to clear out the blockages and make chi flow freely and easily in the body. Western medicine believes these acupoints are part of the central nervous system. Hormones, neurotransmitters, and other special chemicals are released in the bloodstream when one or more acupoint is stimulated. This then helps the body to heal itself.

There is less dependence on steroid based drugs when acupuncture is used to treat osteoarthritis. Acupuncture helps relieve quickly and efficiently and enables the diseased joints to naturally and gradually heal.

12. June 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In spite of the needling procedure that many people are wary of, acupuncture treatment of arthritis is fast becoming a very popular treatment alternative for arthritis. Arthritis is a rheumatoid disease marked by the familiar arthritis symptoms of joint pain and stiffness. For the 15 or more million Americans as well as the millions upon millions of people throughout the world who have successfully tried the very old Chinese healing art of acupuncture, this therapy has been a wonderfully effective answer to their chronic pain. Prospective acupuncture “clients” should note that acupuncture therapy is used as a treatment for arthritis, not in its diagnosis. Therefore, potential acupuncture patients should have already been diagnosed with arthritis by their doctors before they go for acupuncture therapy.

Studies in Arthritis and Acupuncture

In the United States, over twenty million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. It is actually one of the most common causes for disability among adults in the US each year. A study was done in 2001 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine involving 570 osteoarthritis patients aged 50 years and over who never had steroid injections, surgery or acupuncture before. The control group in this study was chosen and subjects in this group were given regular sessions of acupuncture. After the first week of the study the control group given acupuncture regularly showed an improvement in mobility; by the end of the study, at the end of the study, the group had a 40% drop in pain and also a 40% improvement in knee function.

Acupuncture Treatment for Arthritis

Experts of Western medicine can’t figure out how acupuncture really works in treating arthritis symptoms and other similar conditions. A skilled acupuncturist definitely knows who how acupuncture effectively treats arthritis. Traditional Chinese medicine states that pain is caused by blockage of a person’s vital energy. This energy is called Chi or Qi by the Chinese. Stimulating specific points in the body will help remove Chi blockages and restore balance in the body once more thus helping to relieve chronic pain in the process. Acupuncture also is a great way to improve a person’s sleep according to a study done in 1999.

When an acupuncturist performs acupuncture, he inserts very thin needles into strategic points known as acupoints in the skin. Acupoints play a very big role in the treatment of various conditions like arthritis using acupuncture therapy. Besides the needling procedure, acupoints can also be stimulated with laser, hand pressure (acupressure), electricity, magnets and even bee stings. Acupuncturists have often combined acupuncture with herbal medicine as well as giving their patients recommendations for positive changes in their lifestyle.

It has been determined by studies that some acupoints are basically connected to sensitive bio-trigger points studded with nerve endings. Further studies also reveal that stimulating those triggers in various ways can result in a plethora of biological responses, the release of painkilling chemicals called endorphins being one of the most important of these responses especially with regards to treating arthritis pain. These endorphins are natural, safe and more effective painkillers compared to synthetic analgesics such as Motrin, Tylenol or Advil.

 

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21. September 2013 · Comments Off on Causes of Osteoarthritis · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

When a person’s joints and its surrounding areas become damaged that his body cannot repair, then he is likely to experience osteoarthritis signs and symptoms.  The real underlying reason why osteoarthritis happens is still unanswered by science although there may be many factors that are suspected of increasing your likelihood of acquiring this condition.

Each person is exposed to factors that slowly cause the joints to wear down and sometimes become damaged. Most of the time, the body is capable enough in repairing this damage itself without too much fanfare and without you even being conscious that the healing process is taking place.  Some of the joint damages that can potentially lead to osteoarthritis include:

  • Damage to the surrounding areas that protect your joints and enable it to move well and painlessly (cartilage)
  • Swelling within the bone or in the joint itself
  • Tendon or ligament problems

Osteophytes which are bony lumps can develop when your joints start to become knobbly and bones start to protrude. When the bones broaden and thicken, the joints can start to have motion difficulty, and become painful and stiff.  When the joints are inflamed it can lead to fluid accumulation in the affected joints causing swelling in the affected area.

Factors that Contribute to Osteoarthritis

The reason why the process of repair of the body ceases causing the eventual onset of osteoarthritis is still a mystery. Nevertheless, many factors have been observed to play a role in the development of osteoarthritis. These factors include:

  •     Joint injury – A bad joint surgery or joint injury can lead to osteoarthritis. Also, osteoarthritis can occur later in life when you haven’t given your joints adequate time to heal after an operation or injury and you immediately put them to use.
  •     Secondary arthritis – You can develop osteoarthritis if your joints have been seriously damaged by an existing or previous joint condition like gout or rheumatoid arthritis. You can also experience secondary osteoarthritis even after several years have passed after the initial damage to your joint.
  •     Age – The older you become the higher your chances of developing osteoarthritis. This is because your joints and muscles become weaker as you get older especially if your joints have become worn out.
  •     Family history – Osteoarthritis can also be genetically inherited. Studies in the genes have not discovered a single gene responsible for the development of osteoarthritis and the hypothesis then is that more than one gene may be responsible or contribute to this condition. There are no signs that any genetic tests for osteoarthritis are being developed in the near future.
  •     Obesity – The role of obesity or excess weight in contributing to osteoarthritis is widely known. Obesity/excess weight causes more than enough strain on the joints, especially the joints that bear a substantial part of your weight. These often are the joints in the hips and knees. Hence, many obese/overweight people suffer from serious types of osteoarthritis.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.