WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is a disorder affecting one or more joints of the body. It is characterized as inflammation, pain, and stiffness of the joints. Arthritis can also present as redness, warmth, swelling and decreased range of motion in the affected joint or joints. Onset can be gradual or sudden.
WHAT IS PAIN?
Pain is a sensation or feeling of discomfort in response to stimulus created by pain receptors, it usually involves tissue damage. Pain receptors are located on nerve endings, located in many tissues throughout the body. Some tissues containing pain receptors are skin, muscles, joints, connective tissues, and internal organs.
Common Types of Pain
Tendon and Ligament Pain
Pain in Internal Organs
Acupuncture For Pain
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are very effective to treat pain. In the treatment of pain, the acupuncturist will identify the location, type, and other qualities of the pain. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine pain is generally caused by stagnation of qi and or blood within the body. When blood or qi cannot move freely then it results in pain.
Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine
Western Medicine uses aspirin and various painkillers to treat pain. These painkillers only hide the pain by numbing the response of the pain receptors. Long term use of painkillers will have reduced effects and cause you to increase the dosage over a period of time to get the same relief. Long term use of painkillers will also have a negative affect on the internal organs specifically the liver and kidneys, and the nervous system. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we may use acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping therapy, massage therapy, stretching exercises, and heat therapy to improve the flow of qi and blood within the body and remove obstructions causing pain. These treatments have no harmful effects.
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