How Acupuncture Can Help with Osteoarthritis
If you’re living with osteoarthritis and want to get relief from pain without medications, one treatment you may consider is acupuncture. For many people with joint damage caused by osteoarthritis, acupuncture eases pain and increases mobility, and since it doesn’t involve any kind of medication, it can easily be integrated into any treatment plan. Here is what you need to know.
How Acupuncture Works
The exact mechanism for how acupuncture alleviates pain is not known, but it has been used safely and effectively for centuries. It is based upon the idea that there is a flow of energy through the body called qi that can be disrupted if there are blockages along the meridians, or pathways, though which it goes. These blockages create a wide range of symptoms, depending on their location, including joint pain. By inserting needles into the carefully chosen points along the meridians, acupuncture is believed to relieve the blockages and restore the healthy flow of qi, thereby reducing symptoms. Doctors also suspect that the needle insertion triggers endorphins and hormones to be released that help to control inflammation.
What to Expect from Your Appointment
Based on your symptoms, your acupuncturist will insert thin needles in strategic locations on your body. He or she may tap the needles gently or simply allow them to sit in position. The needles will be left in place for a specific amount of time to allow the treatment to work. Some people feel immediate symptom relief, while others notice the benefits after a few sessions.
How Acupuncture Feels
Before acupuncture, many people worry about the treatment being painful. The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, and most patients barely feel them, if they feel them at all. Generally, most people find acupuncture to be very comfortable and even relaxing, and there are fewer side effects to worry about than you’d have with pain medication.
Manhattan Total Health is pleased to offer acupuncture as part of our comprehensive range of treatments for painful conditions. Schedule an appointment for acupuncture in New York, NY by calling (917) 720-2689.