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What is it?
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, stiffness, and inflammation within the joints, and as a result, some muscle wasting. There are two main types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis affects the lining of cartilage within the joint. This makes movement more difficult than usual, leading to pain and stiffness, progressively getting worse overtime if untreated.
It is typically caused by past injuries to the area, muscular tightness and restriction, general wear and tear, and sometimes hormonal changes. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system targets certain joints, leading to pain and swelling. The outer covering of the joint is the first place affected which can then spread across the joint, leading to further swelling and pain. This may cause the bone and cartilage to break down.
How can we help?
When cartilage has been worn away, it can be difficult to improve these conditions, however, we can help reduce the pain and prevent it from getting worse. Acupuncture and electro-acupuncture are well known for naturally getting pain out of the body. It does this by helping to trigger the body’s natural pain chemicals to suppress pain. In some cases, it can almost completely get rid of the pain, but this is dependent on your reaction to acupuncture and what kind of condition the joint is in. Acupuncture, along with deep tissue massage, can help in both joint movement and range of motion, and the health and function of the muscles. Deep tissue massage in particular can help the muscles by improving blood flow to the area, and helps releasing restricted muscles, which in turn can help joint range of motion.

Ms. Ting Wang

  • Member of British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
  • Clinician in Neurology department, Heilongjiang University of TCM Hospital
  • MSc. in Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture), London South Bank University
  • BSc. in Clinical Discipline of Chinese and Western Integrative, Heilongjiang University of TCM


What you should know?

Acupuncture rarely ‘hurts‘. The most that people experience is a dull ache around the base of the inserted needle, or a slight tingling feeling when the needle is inserted. Points at the extremities, like toe or finger ends, can sometimes be a little sharp, but the sensation is usually brief.

Acupuncture is extremely safe if delivered by adequately trained practitioners. The most frequent side-effects are mild and include: minor bruising or bleeding, usually on needle withdrawal (3%), worsening of existing symptoms (1%) which usually lasts no more than two days and is sometimes associated with a good overall outcome; drowsiness, relaxation, or euphoria (3%) which is often experienced as pleasurable (and if so is not an adverse event!), and pain at the needling site (1%). Severe, extremely rare side-effects include a puncture lung or heart membrane (this is avoided by correct technique); transmission of blood-borne diseases (e.g. hepatitis C), avoided by using single-use, sterile, disposable needles, and skin infection (which is possible with ear acupuncture, particularly if indwelling studs are used).s

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