Acupuncture can relieve pain and inflammation of the joints
Acupuncture is a highly effective form of pain and inflammation control. First, it causes the body to produce chemicals called endorphins, which naturally inhibit the perception of pain. Second, it blocks the transmission of pain signals to the brain through the nervous system. Thirdly, it deactivates trigger points, which are highly reactive areas that develop within muscles over time.
The net effect is that acupuncture can provide significant relief from musculoskeletal pain.
Acupuncture for pain reduction has been thoroughly studied
A 2012 article published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that across nearly 18,000 patients with chronic pain, acupuncture was able to reduce pain by about 50%.
In fact, acupuncture has recently become one of the treatments now recommended as a first line of defense against pain in national guidelines for physicians.
Acupuncture works with conventional approaches to reduce pain
Importantly, acupuncture can also be effectively combined with conventional treatments, such as NSAIDs, physical therapy, ice and heat or steroid injections. When undergoing musculoskeletal surgery, such as a knee replacement or arthroscopy, acupuncture can be very effective for reducing discomfort and accelerating recovery.
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