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.
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.
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.