Joint pain is extremely common. With over 230 moveable and semi-movable bones in the body, its no surprise that joint pain is at the top of the list when people seek acupuncture treatment. The range of discomfort varies from mild irritation to debilitating pain and can last for short or long periods of time. Even short-term joint pain can have an impact on one’s quality of life, and when pain is chronic, it can be debilitating.
In traditional Chinese medicine, joint pain is viewed as an obstruction in the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”). Whenever there is an obstruction in the flow of Qi, there will be pain.
Acupuncture offers fast, short-term pain relief by unblocking the flow of energy and stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Acupuncture also blocks the transmission of pain signals to the brain. This safe, drug-free solution for pain management can also improve joint function.
Long-term pain alleviation can be reached once the root cause of the condition is assessed and a treatment plan is established. In acute cases, such as injuries, or following surgery, permanent pain relief can be achieved within a small number of treatments. For chronic conditions, progress is typically slower but gets progressively better. Follow-up treatments are often necessary to help the body heal and to manage the pain without drugs.
If your lifestyle is impaired by chronic joint pain, and you have not tried acupuncture for pain relief, you should make an appointment to discuss treatment options. Schedule your appointment today! Call 650-646-5744 or use the online appointment service:
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