Arthritis Pain Fort Myers
Our Approach to Treating Arthritis Naturally
Arthritis can be a crippling condition. The stiffness, swelling and joint pain of osteo-arthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can stop us from doing the things we love to do. At Fort Myers Acupuncture and Massage we take a holistic approach to your care examining all the various factors that contribute to your level of discomfort. Diet, posture, body mechanics, level of exercise, asleep and work habits can all have an influence on the health of your joints. Our staff are very skilled at providing individualized care that addresses the specific needs of each patient.
We commonly use these therapies to treat the pain and stiffness of arthritis:
- Gentle Massage
- Passive Range of Movement
- Heat therapy
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Far Infrared Therapy
- Herbal Anti-INflammatory Medications
- Herbal Pain Medications
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Paraffin Therapy
- Magnetic Therapy
- Ultrasound Therapy (Coming Feb. 2015)
- Laser Therapy (Coming March 2015)
What is Arthritis?
The US National Library of Medicine says that if you have trouble moving around or feel pain and stiffness in your body, you could have arthritis. In the majority of cases arthritis causes pain and swelling in the joints.
Eventually a swollen joint can suffer severe damage. In some cases, arthritis can cause problems in the patient’s eye, skin or other organs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in every 5 American adults, i.e. 50 million people, have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. As the country’s population ages, it is estimated that this number will increase to at least 67% by 2030.
Arthritis is not a single disease – it is a term that covers over 100 medical conditions. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and generally affects elderly patients. Some forms of arthritis can affect people at a very early age. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an auto immune disease that is a more severe type form of arthritis that presents in different ways.
The common thread among arthritis symptoms is persistent joint pain and inflammation of the joints. While arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages, with the aid of acupuncture and Oriental medicine the pain can be managed to a greater degree and improve functioning.
Treatment for Arthritis Pain
Acupuncture treatment points for arthritis are located all over the body, not just directly over the affected area. During the treatment, tiny needles are place along the patient’s legs, arms, shoulders and even toes. These needles are so tiny that multiple acupuncture needles can fit inside a human hair. The needles stay on the area for set amount of time , and then removed. Most people relax and even fall asleep during the treatment. The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary according to the intensity of the pain, and its severity and pervasiveness with the patient.
The relief of arthritis pain through acupuncture has been studied many times. Results indicate that the use of acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be an effective form of pain management. Many studies throughout the world have been given on a range of arthritis sufferers- from patients awaiting full-hip replacements, to knee surgery patients, as well as people suffering from the affects of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. In most studies, the patients are split into groups- one group participating in acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatments in conjunction with a self-help course for managing their condition and conventional therapy; the other group receiving only the conventional therapy and self-help course information. The studies indicated that between 25-40 percent who received acupuncture in conjunction with conventional and self-therapy had a decrease in pain and a noted improvement in function of arthritic joints.
The latest study by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is one of the largest and longest clinical trials to show such conclusive effects and patients who underwent acupuncture treatment reported a 44% average reduction in pain and a 40% improvement in mobility.