Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with disease modifying agents, may reduce the joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, and knee and hip osteoarthritis. Acupuncture frequently reduces chronic pain and joint stiffness and is effective in the symptomatic treatment of joint conditions for individuals who are unable to tolerate medication side effects resulting from intake of analgesics and muscle relaxants.
For arthritis sufferers, acupuncture often reduces the number of tender joints and decreases joint pain, stiffness and swelling. As a stand-alone therapy, acupuncture frequently reduces the fatigue and chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia. When used as a primary treatment for tennis elbow and other forms of tendonitis, acupuncture reduces the pain at or near a joint and the swelling around the joint area.
Medication, physical therapy, and various forms of exercise often utilized in allopathic health care of chronic joint pain conditions may not result in effective pain management. A tailored acupuncture treatment program can improve joint function in as few as eight to ten treatment sessions, allowing the individual to return to normal activities. Acupuncture increases muscle and tendon relaxation around the affected joint area and increases levels of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Your acupuncture physician may recommend Chinese herbal medicine to reduce soft tissue inflammation.
Individuals experiencing osteoarthritis, when treated with acupuncture, often show significant improvements in symptoms and quality of life compared to those who undergo routine allopathic care alone. Acupuncture can be a valuable treatment option when combined within a multidisciplinary integrated approach to treat the disorder. Acupuncture therapy for osteoarthritis often results in reducing dependence on pharmacotherapy and improves functional ability.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Masters of Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs prepare graduates for careers as acupuncture physicians and massage therapists. For program information contact Joe Calareso at (305) 595-9500.