According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 54.4 million US adults (22.7%) annually, have reported suffering from some type of arthritis in their life, whether that be rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. This umbrella term that defines this medical condition often involves the deterioration of the cartilage in joints, most prevalent in the hips and knees. As a result, arthritis can cause uncomfortable joint pains and aches and even loss of movement and general functioning.
As with any general medical condition, there are a wide variety of available treatment programs to explore. If your condition does not require immediate surgery, alternatively approved treatments like Acupuncture can make the world of difference in decreasing the effect of painful symptoms.
What is Acupuncture & How does it work?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine, now widely accepted and prescribed by western medical professionals. Acupuncture treatments are intended to correct or restore imbalances of internal energy in the body through injecting extremely fine stainless-steel needles in the skin. These needles stimulate the body’s 14 major energy-carrying channels or meridians, boosting the number of natural painkillers and endorphins to combat areas of chronic pain and discomfort. To be clear, Acupuncture will not cure arthritis, rather it’s a means of reducing pain and uncomfortable inflammation.
When should I investigate an Acupuncture treatment?
- Low back, neck, or muscle pain
- Pain after surgery
What you can anticipate during a session?
The location, amount, and depth of the needles being placed vary from case to case. First, the acupuncturist will swab these areas with alcohol. Soon after, the needle will gently enter their designated location, staying in place anywhere from 10 minutes to multiple hours. Throughout the treatment, the acupuncturist may warm, adjust, channel electric energy to intensify or weaken the effect.
Does it hurt?
For the most part, Acupuncture is a painless treatment. In some cases, you may feel a slight prick while the needles enter the skin or minor tingling in the case electricity is used, however, it is very mild. Of course, you can ask your acupuncturist to dial it down at any time.
If you or someone you love suffers from arthritis or a similar condition, you likely understand how painful it can be. For more information, or to schedule an Acupuncture treatment at Tieperman Health and Wellness Center in Frisco, TX, call 214-705-1799 today! Our peaceful and relaxing environment will allow you to unwind and escape from your pain.