Acupuncture helps with pain, stiffness & swelling, so it naturally suits those managing arthritic conditions. Osteoarthritis is a chronic inflammation and degeneration of the articular cartilage & most commonly found in major weight bearing joints, as well as the joints of the hands and fingers. The cartilage breakdown and inflammation produces spurring in and around the joints.
Acupuncture addresses the inflammation, muscular tension & guarding that occur around the joint spaces. This decrease in tension results in a notable pain reduction by reducing irritation in the joints. Despite the presence of spurring there is substantial evidence to show a marked improvement in pain levels as treatment progresses.
A bursa is a soft tissue sac filled with fluid that your body uses to reduce friction between moveable structural components. It’s common for bursae to exist between tendons or between tendons and bone. Bursitis, occurs when this sac becomes inflamed. This can occur due to irritation of local structures. & often causes pain near the bursa.
The use of acupuncture may be used to reduce inflammation, relieve mechanical pressure on the bursa through targeting certain muscles in the area, and control pain.
DID YOU KNOW? Regardless of the type of headache or migraine experienced, they all have a neuromuscular trigger as a common component. Acupuncture treatment deactivates reactive trigger points and muscle tension whilst regulating the nervous system by interrupting the trigger and cascade of symptoms that follows in the initial phase. Follow up sessions with extended intervals can place these headaches and migraine disorders into remission!
DID YOU KNOW? Acupuncture can address inflammation and swelling both directly and indirectly: Local needling at the inflammation site engages the inflammatory agents directly via histamine released in the tissue. Over a period of a few days, the cascade of triggered chemical reactions plays itself out & an anti-inflammatory response occurs. Frequently, this is accompanied by a decrease in swelling and pain from pre-treatment levels.
Studies have shown that the body responds to acupuncture by producing cortisol (located in the adrenal gland), which is the body’s natural steroid. Cortisol release along with peripheral nervous system regulation, combine to assist in resolving inflammatory disorders.
The sciatic nerve is often susceptible to irritation in two places:
1. At the nerve roots that exit the spine in the lower back before they bundle together to form the sciatic nerve, and
Tendonitis generally develops when the stresses on a tendon overwhelm the body’s repair mechanisms. This may through over training, a lack of conditioning before a task, poor body mechanics or insufficient rest time between activities.
Any of these can place stress on a structurally weak link—often a tendon. Acupuncture can help manage the pain while decreasing inflammation of the tendon. In addition, it can be used for targeted muscle cueing (or inhibition), with the goal of reinforcing or retraining proper body mechanics through motor recruitment patterns to address the root cause of pain & inflammation.