Acupuncture for osteoarthritis + Lower back pain
Osteoarthritis + Knee Pain | After a life-time of fun and activity, our joints are put under pressure and inevitably suffer some wear and tear. This can lead to aching knees that affect your sleep or a lack of mobility when walking up and down stairs. Osteoarthritis is the primary cause of this pain, inflammation and stiffness, making it hard to flex and extend your knee.
In a bid to avoid over prescription of pain medication, a lot of time and money has gone in to research about the benefits of acupuncture in managing osteoarthritic pain.
No two patients are treated alike. Some patients find relief with needles alone. Others need a more involved technique, such as electro-acupuncture. It can also be used safely alongside your pain medication.
Lower back pain | This is the UK’s leading cause of disability and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness absence.
Acupuncture is now available on the NHS for back pain as it has been found to be particularly useful as an adjunct to conventional care, for patients with more severe symptoms and for those wishing to avoid conventional medication.
Advice for Knee Pain
If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the knee, don’t ice it! You might notice that your knee pain gets worse with cold and damp weather. This is because the condition is degenerative and the pain is chronis, it’s not an acute injury whereby the ice would help reduce the swelling.
Even though the pain may feel hot in nature, apply regular warmth to help stimulate lots of blood flow to the area. Hot, epsom salts baths are also fantastic to reduce internal inflammation and help lubricate the joint.
Pelvic + Bladder Pain
PMT, period pains, endometriosis or PCOS, fertility, pregnancy and menopause are all manifestations of the female experience and a system of medicine such as acupuncture can treat at root level rather than masking the symptoms with medication, thus re-establishing hormonal balance in the woman’s cycle.
It can be life changing for some women to be able to reduce or eliminate symptoms genealogical pain from their life, enabling them to feel much more at ease throughout their monthly cycle.
Painful periods are addressed with the stimulation of acupuncture points which strongly move the uterine blood flow, this can help to relax the uterus reducing the contractions which cause painful cramps as well as clearing away old blood.
Overtime, many women report that their menstrual blood changes from a darker red to a brighter colour with a regular and balanced flow.
Painful Bladder Syndrome + IC | Acupuncture is a documented complementary therapy for treating IC. This is how Kimberley got into acupuncture herself. Read her story here.
Acupuncture may help in the treatment of cystitis by:
- reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kim 2008, Kavoussi 2007, Zijstra 2003);reducing pain and swelling (Lorenzini 2010)
- improving bladder irritation by inhibition of capsaicin-sensitive C-fibre activation (Hino 2010).