If you have arthritis, you understand the need for relief. Some factors that can increase your risk of getting arthritis are aging, being overweight, joint injuries, as well as genetics. The most common type of arthritis is Osteoarthritis (OA), which occurs when the cartilage between joints breaks down. This usually affects hands, knees, hips, neck or low back.Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common type of arthritis that occurs when the lining of the joints is inflamed. This leads to long-term joint damage and eventually, a loss of movement.
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Warm, tender or swollen joints
- Muscle Weakness and Pain
- Stiff Joints (Especially in the morning)
- Flu-like symptoms (Especially a fever)
Treating Arthritis with Acupuncture
While Western Medicine often focuses on preventing further damage to joints and relieving pain through anti-inflammatory drugs, self-care and physical-therapy, traditional Chinese Medicine’s perspective on arthritis is that it is a result of a weakness or deficiency of internal organs, physical injury, changes with the quality and quantity of Qi, a blockage or decreased flow of Qi, stress and anxiety, invasion from external factors such as cold, heat, or wind.
A Natural Approach to Arthritis
According to Traditional Medicine Theories, vital energy, Qi (pronounced “chee”) animates the body through pathways called meridians. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, physical symptoms related to arthritis may result. In addition to acupuncture, your practitioner may also recommend herbal remedies, stretching, and massage.
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