Osteoarthritis can be incredibly debilitating and depressing but acupuncture could give you the relief you are looking for.
I use a combination of massage, electro-acupuncture, moxibustion with the aim of improving blood flow to the area and reducing inflammation.
Whether your osteoarthritis affects your knees, hips, neck, back , toes or fingers acupuncture could help.
I’ve never had acupuncture before but in the course of waiting on a replacement knee the pain in my knee got so bad that when a client from Vancouver told me to try it I thought I didn’t have anything to lose. I would say on reflection it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life – and I’ve made a few. I have grade 4 arthritis either side of my left knee, which means it’s bone on bone. I’ve also grade 3 and grade 4 below my knee. I noticed a difference after the first acupuncture session, its not always the case I know – but I noticed it. After 8 sessions I was pretty much pain free. I’m having a replacement knee operation in April and I haven’t had a pain killer since January. I still can’t walk very far but around the house and at night it’s bliss. These eastern guys know what they are doing. Amanda is a great practitioner, you are safe in her hands. I wish I’d found her years ago.
According to the BAcC Acupuncture may help to relieve pain and improve function in patients with osteoarthritis by:
- stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987; Han 2004; Zhao 2008; Cheng 2009; Ahsin 2009);
- inhibiting pain through the modulatory effects of endogenous opioids (Uryu 2007; Ahsin 2009);
- regulating metabolism-related genes and pathways (Tan 2010)
- inhibiting the activity of cytokines that are mediators of inflammation, including interleukin (IL)-1, IL-6 and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha (Xu 2009; Wu 2010);
- reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Zijlstra 2003; Kavoussi 2007);
- increasing local micro-circulation (Komori 2009), which aids dispersal of swelling.