It has taken about 2,000 years, but acupuncture is finally being recognized and accepted as a valid treatment for a variety of ailments, including debilitating arthritis. More and more research is being conducted that shows how effective acupuncture in Arlington can be.
Acupuncture substantially reduces or eliminates pain by releasing tight muscles and restoring them to their resting state through stimulation with thin needles placed in specific places on the body. Natural pain-fighting endorphins are released at the same time, leading to notable results.
Recent research on the subject includes:
- Osteoarthritis or OA – A 2014 JAMA study concluded that people had less pain when treated with acupuncture versus the control group. Even a small benefit may justify exploring this option.
- Rheumatoid arthritis or RA – Studies are inconclusive, yet many patients have noted a great deal of relief.
- Fibromyalgia – Although more research is needed, in a 2014 review in “Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine,” acupuncture worked more effectively than medication for managing the condition.
There is some disagreement about whether acupuncture’s effectiveness is actually due to the treatment itself or there is a placebo effect. Whatever the case, some doctors advocate that it is still worth trying so that patients can experience at least some relief from their painful symptoms.
Benefits from acupuncture may depend on how severe your arthritis or other condition is and how often you receive treatment. Usually, a series of treatments is necessary for optimum results. While Medicare and Medicaid do not cover the cost, there are some insurers who provide at least some acupuncture coverage.