Chances are, someone you care about suffers from arthritis. Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three Americans (an estimated seventy million people) is affected.
Arthritis is a disease that affects the joints of the body. While medicine has identified over 100 different forms of arthritis, there are some symptoms that are common in every variety. These include pain, stiffness and inflammation, while extreme cases can even result in physical disfiguration. Other non-localized symptoms can include fatigue, insomnia, weight loss and fever. In most cases arthritis is limited to one part of the body, typically the hands, feet, knees, hips or any of the major joints. Arthritis is also seen in auto-immune diseases like Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis and Scleroderma and as a manifestation of problems in body chemistry as in Gout.
While most forms of arthritis are considered non-preventable, you can lessen your risk by remaining physically active, sticking to a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight. The earlier in the arthritis process the disease is detected and treatment is started, the better the outlook.
For most people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of fifty show some signs of arthritis as joints degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can often be managed with acupuncture.
Acupuncture decreases pain by increasing the release of endorphins (chemicals that block pain). Many acu-points are near nerves. When stimulated, these nerves cause a dull ache or feeling of fullness in the muscle. The stimulated muscle sends a message to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), causing the release of endorphins (morphine-like chemicals produced in our own bodies during times of pain or stress). These endorphins, along with other neurotransmitters (body chemicals that modify nerve impulses), block the message of pain from being delivered up to the brain.
All joint pain occurs within the external aspect of the body, along the acupuncture channels. However, the condition is always accompanied by a deeper, systemic imbalance within the body. For treatment to be effective, both the manifestation (the joint pain) and the root cause need to be treated. Acupuncture restores harmony to the body, and thereby corrects the imbalance. If the systemic imbalance is not too severe and/or the patient is strong, acupuncture may offer a cure. However, if the arthritic process is very deep-rooted, acupuncture may only be able to offer pain relief and help prevent further progression of the disease. Regardless, with acupuncture treatments, improvements are a sure thing. Less pain, greater mobility and range of motion, as well as improved strength come quickly with a series of treatments. And you can get back to what you were doing!
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