Acupuncture for Arthritis – Houston, Texas

Arthritis is a term used to describe joint inflammation, but is also used to collectively categorize over 100 conditions and diseases that affect connective tissue and joints of the body. Pain and stiffness in and around the joints are the most common symptoms. The causes of arthritis include specific infections, genetics and lifestyle choice, but for some types of arthritis, there is no known cause. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 50 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with arthritis and this number is expected to increase as the country’s population ages.

Most Common Types of Arthritis

There are four main types of arthritis commonly found in the United States. Each type affects the joints and body differently, and treatments can vary. Some types of arthritis are more common as people age, such as osteoarthritis and gout. In addition, fibromyalgia is more common in women and gout is more common in men. The four most common types of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Acupuncture as a Treatment for Arthritis

Some treatments for arthritis include anti-inflammatory medications, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), heat therapy and diet changes. Surgery may be needed to replace affected joints in some cases; however, acupuncture offers another viable, non-invasive and very effective treatment option.

Acupuncture relieves arthritis pain in three ways. The first is through the production of endorphins, which are what the body produces naturally to inhibit pain “Acupuncture relieves arthritis pain in a number of ways. Acupuncture encourages the production of endorphins, which are what the body produces naturally to inhibit pain. It also disables the trigger points or areas of the body that are often responsible for chronic pain. These trigger points are often found in joints affected by arthritis.

Acupuncture is very relaxing, which helps in the overall healing process of the body. For those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, acupuncture can help reduce joint inflammation by causing the body to produce steroids. This substance is produced by the adrenal glands and has an anti-inflammatory effect.

For those that suffer from osteoarthritis, acupuncture causes the parathyroid gland to produce a hormone that can help reduce bony spurs found on bones. However, once joint deterioration reaches a certain level, acupuncture will not be able to restore the bone completely, but can control the pain that is often so debilitating with this form of arthritis.

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