There are many reasons for painful joints. However, in all of these cases, inflammation is the driving force behind the pain.
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Understanding Joint Pain
There are many reasons for painful joints including chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and gout.
Joint and muscle pain can also occur with injuries such as sprains and strains from a single trauma or from repetitive use.
In all of these cases, inflammation is the driving force behind the pain. Thus, the standard way of treating pain symptoms is by using anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
Acetaminophen and aspirin are also quite commonly used as quick methods to relieve the symptoms of pain and tightness.
Joint Pain Can Cause Stagnation
In Chinese medicine it is said:
“If there is pain, there is not free flow; if there was free flow, there would not be pain.”
This is a simple yet profound idea that the free movement of vital substances is necessary for function and that stagnation results in pain.
Inflammation creates stagnation. Stagnation is the source of pain. Reduce inflammation and stagnation, and the pain will improve.
The Acupuncture Role For Joint Pain
The interesting thing about acupuncture is that it creates movement.
Whether looked at from the traditional Chinese channel perspective or from a more modern perspective, acupuncture moves vital substances including qi (from the traditional Chinese) and blood (from both the Chinese and contemporary viewpoints) allowing for free flow.
Free flow relieves pain, promotes healing, and improves function.
Herbs And Diet Also Relieve Joint Pain
The effects of acupuncture can be enhanced by adding herbs that stimulate movement and/or reduce inflammation.
Additionally, changes in diet can be extremely helpful as sugars and bad oils are extremely pro-inflammatory and should be minimized or eliminated completely.
Inflammation can also be fueled by food sensitivities, the most common of which include gluten, wheat, refined carbohydrates, eggs, nuts, and dairy.
We offer simple testing to identify foods that you may be sensitive to. When those foods are eliminated from your diet, you will be amazed at what symptoms disappear and how much better you feel overall.
Acupuncture is a huge part of our treatment
Acupuncture is a huge part of our treatment because it impacts the body on so many different fronts. It helps reduce excess cortisol and improve the stress response. It balances hormones and facilitates all aspects of body function. Chinese herbs and dietary supplements are also used to address deficiencies and help restore flow and balance.
Lifestyle also matters at East Wind. Our focus on individualized dietary plans, getting proper sleep and stress management.
Most importantly, we empower YOU by showing you the underlying concepts of a healthy individual. Our health care team will help you understand health strategies so, together, we can make a positive impact on your health.
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Mike writes for Nature’s Pathways magazine about topics such as latest technologies and treatments, mindset, exercise, sleep, and nutrition.
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