(Arthritis care week 24-28th May 2010)
Over nine million people suffer from arthritis, making it the most common long term condition in the UK* and the second most common cause of absenteeism**.
Acupuncture has been found to be very effective in helping sufferers manage the condition.
Arthritis is not a single disorder but a general name for conditions that are characterised by pain and swelling in the joints. There many different types of arthritis affecting men, women and children of all ages.
Two of the most common forms are osteoarthritis, widely believed to be caused by 'wear and tear' resulting in stiff joints and reduced movement; and rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune disease that can affect muscles and tendons as well as joints.
Acupuncture can be effective in relieving pain and symptoms caused by various types of arthritis. It can help provide pain relief without the side effects associated with prescription drugs; reduce pain and stiffness helping to improve a sufferer's range of movement and help boost energy levels. As a treatment, acupuncture can be easily implemented into a person's routine and can form an effective part of an overall pain management plan.
Although the symptoms may appear to be similar, the root cause of arthritis differs from person to person, so an acupuncturist will identify and treat this in order to provide relief for patients.
Day Post, acupuncturist and member of the British Acupuncture Council says: 'Many patients, from professional athletes to the elderly have found acupuncture to be beneficial in relieving the symptoms of arthritis in order to make their day-to-day lives more manageable and improve quality of life .In addition to relieving pain and reducing swelling, acupuncture can help boost immunity and strength in joints and muscles as well as improving a patient's general sense of wellbeing.'
Traditional acupuncture is a tried and tested system of traditional Chinese medicine, which has been used in China and other eastern cultures for thousands of years to restore, promote and maintain good health. Its benefits are now widely acknowledged all over the world and in the past decade, traditional acupuncture has begun to feature more prominently in mainstream healthcare in the UK.
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