Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis // Relief in the colder months

Acupuncture is a great treatment to treat and manage the symptoms associated with Osteoarthritis (OA) such as Pain , Swelling and stiffness.  Acupuncture is recommend by the NHS nice guidelines for OA of the knees . Several systematic reviews of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints/knee and hip/knee alone have concluded that it is statistically superior to sham acupuncture and to usual physician care, and similar in benefit to some other active interventions such as exercise regimes (Kwon 2007; White 2007; Manheimer 2007, 2010).

With the colder damper weather OA can be aggravated for allot of people , when treating OA in my clinic i use a heat therapy from Chinese medicine called Moxa , Moxa warms and moves blood in the affected area to help with cold and stiff joints. 

One of my Patients who came to see me (We will call her June for confidential purposes) Suffered from bad OA of the knees , with stiffness and pain especially when walking up and down stairs.  She had OA for many years before considering acupuncture as a treatment , After her first few sessions her pain was greatly reduced and after 6 sessions her pain and stiffness was very low level . Now i see June every few months to keep maintaining the treatment , her pain is still very low level and does not effect her in the same way. Many more of my Patients with OA have experienced similar improvement in there symptoms with acupuncture treatment. 

Contact your local acupuncturist to find out more about acupuncture and how it can help you in the coming colder months. 

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AcuTalks - Who am I ?

I recently came across a short video that captures acupuncture as a profession , it summarises the hard work and commitment acupuncturists go though to become a trained practitioner and how important it is to all of us to relive pain and suffering in our patients. 

"AcuTalks" is promoting acupuncture via social media and educating the public about this great medicine. 

Take a look at the video here - https://youtu.be/8OKMTZr3mBQ 

 

 

What is Tui Na massage and how can it help you with your pain?

Tui Na ‘or’ Chinese medical massage is a therapeutic approach guided by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Tui Na was first seen during the Ming Dynasty. Tui Na is a fully clothed massage and is performed under a white sheet, the techniques used help break down and heal tight muscles tissue and improve the repair of injuries. Similar to physiotherapy it stretches and helps re-train the muscles and joints of the body, Tui Na is a dynamic massage and is adapted to each individuals needs. I use Tui Na mainly to treat muscular skeletal issues such as shoulder pain , back pain , tennis elbow etc , i use it along side acupuncture and together they work fantastically well. Tui Na works on the same principles as acupuncture by balancing and harmonising the channel network of the body, it also resets and re-adjusts the body when its structure is out of balance. Contact me to book in for a free 20 min consultation to talk about how Tui Na can help you. 

World Health Organisation and Acupuncture

The world health organisation have played a key role in the development of acupuncture being respected as an evidence based medicine. In June 1979 when World Health Organisation conducted a symposium on acupuncture in Bejing, China , Doctors met to discuss which conditions could be effectively treated with acupuncture and what evidence base existed and needed to be developed.Then in 1997, National Institutes of Health published Consensus Statement, summarising the state of knowledge drawn from clinical trial concerning acupuncture efficacy. By 2003 they published a report showing Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment (See below). The Work of WHO has been vital for the development of acupuncture and its place within evidence based medicine and the modern world.

For more information please see www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/who-official-position

Osteoarthritis and upcoming damp/cold weather. How acupuncture can help!

With the coming colder weather osteoarthritis suffers can see a spike in there pain and symptoms this is especially the case in the uk with the damp climate.In traditional Chinese medicine we see environmental factors such as cold as a big contributor to the severity of symptoms in joints and soft tissue, in TCM this is known as “BI syndrome” or obstructive syndrome.

Acupuncture and moxibustion (Warming herbal treatment) are both powerful and effective treatments for osteoarthritis , treatment and lifestyle advice can help the harm of cold/damp weather.

Research on arthritis of the knee has shown;

‘Evidence from a systematic review suggests that moxibustion is more effective than conventional drug therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee, as well as in rheumatic conditions in general, and also that it improves benefits when added to conventional drugs (Choi 2011). Several systematic reviews of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints/knee and hip/knee alone have concluded that it is statistically superior to sham acupuncture and to usual physician care, and similar in benefit to some other active interventions such as exercise regimes (Kwon 2007; White 2007; Manheimer 2007, 2010). All of these, together with the expert consensus guidelines of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (Zhang 2008, 2009), recognise that it has clinically relevant benefits and a favourable safety profile, and they recommend acupuncture as a treatment option for osteoarthritis. In addition, it has been found to be cost-effective (Reinhold 2008).’ (British acupuncture council)

There are various things you can do at home to prevent the cold/damp weather from affecting your Osteoarthritis.

  • Hot water bottle or heat pack (Microwavable) – apply to affected joints 2/3 times a day.
  • Herbal lineaments such as Tigers balm , Wood lock oil – apply 2 a day.
  • Drinking Ginger in hot water – helps with warming the body and reducing inflammation
  • Warm baths with Epsom salts (Magnesium)

If you want more information about how Acupuncture and Chinese medicine could help with your arthritis contact me to book in for a free 20 min consultation.

You can email me on acu.york@gmail.com or phone 07925064468.