Acupuncture Treatment for Joint Pain

Acupuncture Treatment for Joint Pain

Joint pain is a debilitating condition that can have a serious effect on quality of life. It can impact on a person’s daily routine and prevent them from enjoying quality time with their loved ones. Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic offers sufferers acupuncture for joint pain, providing the opportunity to enjoy life once again. We also offer acupuncture for post-operative pain at our natural therapy clinic, helping to ease the recovery process and get your body back to optimal health and wellness. Below are some common questions about joint pain and how to alleviate it for a better quality of life.

What is a Joint?

Simply put, a joint is a connective tissue that connects bone to bone to facilitate movement. Examples of joints in the body include the knee, which connects the thighbone (femur) to the tibia, and the elbow which connects the humerus (commonly known as the ‘funny bone’ and located between the shoulder and elbow) to the radius and ulna bones that form the forearm.

There are three main types of joints found in the human body.

  1. Fibrous joints have no joint cavity; they are connected by fibrous connective tissue and are considered ‘fixed’ or immovable. Most common fibrous joint is found in the skull.
  2. Cartilaginous joints are connected solely with cartilage and offer slightly more mobility than the fibrous joint yet not to the same level as the third type; the synovial joint. These joints can be found in a person’s spinal column where they provide minimal movement.
  3. Synovial joints are freely movable joints that are the most common in the human body. There are six main types of synovial joints, including ball and socket, condyloid, plane, saddle, hinge and pivot.


What Causes Joint Pain?

Sufferers of joint pain can often attribute it to a number of different possible reasons, including:

  • Inflammation
  • Injury
  • Overuse
  • Various medical conditions


Where Will Joint Pain Most Likely Flare Up?

Unfortunately, joint pain can present itself in more than one area at a time. The list below outlines the most common areas where someone might experience joint pain or swelling:

  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Shoulders
  • The base of the spine
  • Knuckles
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Ankles

Thankfully, with acupuncture for joint pain, you can enjoy relief from the debilitating sensations and improve your quality of life.

How Does Acupuncture Treatment for Joint Pain Work?

When applied correctly, acupuncture for joint pain can be an effective treatment, as it concentrates on relieving pain by stimulating the body’s pituitary gland as a means of releasing cortisol. Cortisol is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that’s known to reduce inflammation.

The very principle behind acupuncture is that by stimulating the specific pressure points with strategically placed needles, the flow of qi can be redirected, inducing relief from pain.

Is Acupuncture for Post-Operative Pain Effective?

The post operational pain experienced by people who have recently undergone serious treatment cannot be underestimated. It can cause lasting problems for many people long after the operation has taken place, with many patients seeking respite from joint and muscular pain with the use of pain killing medications. Research has shown that patients who receive acupuncture for post-operative pain are less reliant on medications for pain relief than those who don’t opt for acupuncture.

What Additional Services Do You Offer?

In addition to offering acupuncture treatment for joint pain and post-operative procedures, Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic provides numerous other services including acupuncture treatment for the neck, acupuncture treatment for labour induction and much more. Find exactly what you’re looking for in order to enjoy optimal health and wellness at our trusted acupuncture clinic in Melbourne.

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