Acupuncture is a branch of the tree of traditional Chinese medicine, with a rich history and lineage dating back thousands of years. Acupuncturists use fine needles in pressure points in various parts of the body, inserting hair-thin needles into the body to promote pain-relieving effects by reducing inflammation, relaxing the body, and increasing blood flow.
Osteoarthritis is a common cause of chronic knee pain. It causes degeneration of the body joints. It develops when cartilage, the lining of the joints that allow smooth movement between opposing bones, starts to break down. Swelling and inflammation in the affected joint are a major cause of pain and stiffness, making it hard to extend or flex your knee.
Research shows Acupuncture to be a cost-effective way to treat pain with very little risk for the patient.
In fact, acupuncture is one of the treatments now recommended as the first line of defense against pain in national guidelines for physicians.
Many clinical studies support acupuncture’s ability to relieve osteoarthritis pain in the knee.
Besides promoting an anti-inflammatory effect, studies show that acupuncture releases endogenous opioid endorphins (these are the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals).
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