Acupuncture: An ancient way to relieve your severe joint pains
Joints are complex systems that are comprised of tendons, ligaments, and muscles which connect bones. They allow our body to move articulately. Damages to the joints affects our ability to move and are commonly preceded by pain. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions that cause joint pains, this along with bursitis, gout and sprains. Knee pains are the most common complaint of adults as it is commonly caused by overuse. As people gets older, their joints become more prone to injury, and in some cases SEVERE knee joint pain which may require reconstructive surgery.
Modern Medical Fact: Knee Replacement Surgery is one of the most common option provided by doctors to people who suffer from severe knee pain. Always remember to think twice before undergoing this expensive procedure that takes time to recover from as there are alternatives.
There are a lot of ways as to how you can alleviate yourself from severe joint pains. There are various over the counter medication like aspirin or ibuprofen. There are also stronger medicine like Cox-2 inhibitors which require a prescription. These modern medicines provide relief to a lot of kinds of pain but may also have serious side effects depending on the person taking them. High doses and continuous intake can also cause liver damage. Liniments and other topical agents can also be applied to the affected areas to reduce pain. Modern day garments such as compressions sleeves, knee supports and brace help with the movement and flexibility of the affected areas. Chronic knee pain however is something that stays until treated, these pain relievers will only take the pain away temporarily but does not really fix the condition.
Another effective and traditional way of relieving one’s self from chronic knee pain is an ancient method called Acupuncture.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is Chinese healing method that was been practiced since ancient times. Acupuncture aims to improve bodily functions by promoting self-healing. The practice stimulates acupoints by inserting fine, sterile needles. This triggers the brain to send endorphins to the affected area. Pressure and heat are also applied to enhance the effects. Besides needles, there are other acupuncture techniques such as massage, heat therapy, cupping, and herbal medicine application.
Acupuncture has been used to treat various diseases and conditions like allergies, rhinitis, biliary colic, depression, dysmenorrhea, headaches, knee pains, lower back pains and a lot more. The treatment usually spans over several weeks of nightly sessions. Acupuncture usually takes upto 12 sessions which last for about 30 minutes each.
What people have to say about acupuncture:
“I was hesitant about acupuncture at first. I trusted over the counter medications to do the job, but the idea of having to take pain killers for the rest of my life was something that I couldn’t come to terms with. After the injury, I’ve been constantly popping of pills to ease the pain. Some friends recommended acupuncture as they said their other friends have claimed it to be effective. So I decided to try it out. After only a couple of weeks of sessions I was surprised that my pain started to go away.”
“I will not try it. I do not like the idea of being pierced by needles. I think it’s a placebo. I’d say ointments would be a better alternative if I had to choose.”
“The insertion of needles can stimulate the body to respond and to flood the damaged area with endorphins. Scientifically it sounds like it can be effective to remedy pain.”
Acupuncture always draws mixed reviews. Not everyone likes it. Not all people believe it. Some people find it to be effective. Some see it as the first option. Regardless of the case, in the end it is all up to you.
Acupuncture and Modern Day Methods
Some doctors do not like the idea of acupuncture and frown upon it. Through the years though it has become more and more accepted by medical practitioners and its effects to their patients. Some have even incorporated it to modern day medicine and remedies. Developments in acupuncture therapy and research about it has made it more acceptable to the science community not only as a temporary solution but some even accept it as a cure.
Does It Really Work for Pain?
A doctor in Plymouth University in England has conducted a study on acupuncture before. 100 elderly people who suffer from severe chronic knee pains were asked to participate in the research. Most of the elderly who participated in the study were advised by their doctors to get knee replacement surgery while others were advised to go through acupuncture therapy. After the study concluded there was increased mobility and less pain for those who went through acupuncture.
Should I try acupuncture?
Fear of needles is something that haunt a lot of people. Something that we have to think about is whether we would prefer to undergo reconstructive surgery or needles pricking our skin. How its effective it is something that only you can say after trying it. You can read articles online and testimonials from people but until you consult a specialist about it, you could still have a very vague idea about it. Remember that you are always in control and the choice is yours, traditional and modern treatments are always there and the doors are always open.