Acupuncture For Knee Pain
As the main conjoining joints that essentially connect the lower region of our legs with the upper region of our thighs, knees play a pivotal and stressful role in our everyday lives. Used for climbing stairs, walking, running, jumping, and even sitting, our knees keep our entire structure together, and as a result, take a beating on a daily basis. Over time, the cartilage supporting our knee joints can breakdown, among other things, and create a situation of chronic pain that is hard to ignore.
If you are someone living with chronic knee pain, you are not alone: at any given time, 100 million Americans are living with some kind of knee discomfort. Close to 7 million of those people will elect to get a new knee installed following surgery. But, surgery is not always an option for everyone, and knee replacements aren’t always willingly accepted by our bodies.
So where are you left to turn for knee pain alleviation that is non-invasive, yet effective? Look no further than the power of acupuncture.
Founded thousands of years ago in the ancient world as a way to provide pain relief to bodies for everything from fevers and sicknesses, to breaks and arthritis, it was discovered that acupuncture opens up nervous system channels while re-stimulating blood flow in pain-filled regions. Today, this non-invasive tool is still in administration, especially for something as common as knee pain.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years through inserting slender metal needles into the skin at specific points on the body. Since the ancient Chinese believed that health is governed by the flow of energy throughout the body along pathways called meridians, pain and discomfort arises when these channels are disrupted. Needles are precisely inserted to restore the flow of this energy, improve healthy, stimulating blood flow, and alleviating nerve pain in the general region.
When acupuncture is administered in my knee, what is happening within my body?
Besides the obvious anti-inflammatory benefits of restoring your body’s natural energy flow within the knee region, studies have also demonstrated that acupuncture releases endogenous opioid endorphins, otherwise known as the body’s natural pain reliever.
How are acupuncture treatment plans made for patients?
No two bodies are the same, which means no two acupuncture treatment plans are the same, either. For your knee pain, we will assess the situation and talk about your pain levels and experiences. From there, we will create a varied acupuncture plan that is designed to provide pain relief at every level.
Is acupuncture for your knees invasive or dangerous?
Although tiny needles are inserted into the skin based on meridian channel flows, the needles are barely immersed more than 1-2 layers of skin, making acupuncture a non-invasive treatment option. Safer than surgeries, chemical medications, and trial medications, acupuncture is one of the safest forms of pain relief for you body – not to mention, it is completely natural and holistic.
Can acupuncture help with the blood flow surrounding my knee?
That is just what it does! Acupuncture helps increase circulation to the injured or painful part of the knee, which can help your healing in one of many ways: when blood flow increases, the toxins and fluids that build up in the area are more quickly removed and processed. Therefore, swelling will decrease, reducing the pain that is associated with the bloating the knee region. Improved circulation also means more oxygen is able to be delivered to the region, which speeds up the tissue repair process.
What are knee trigger points?
Knots or trigger points are parts of tissue that develop in the muscle and fascia surrounding the knee. This layer of tissue provides support and structuring to the muscle. Acupuncture deactivates these trigger points, relaxing natural tension that has built up over months and years. Working with the body’s own healing and mediation process to work through the discomfort and pain, acupuncture is a process that works in accordance with the body’s own energy flow – known as homeostasis.
What are the top 3 benefits of pursuing knee acupuncture?
Although the benefits are numerous, here are our top 3 reasons why you should consider acupuncture for your chronic knee pain:
- It’s non-invasive. Complications arise, dangerous scenarios unfold, and unpredictable bodily responses ensue when your structure is invaded by surgery tools, medications, and other instruments.
- It has been scientifically confirmed that acupuncture is a viable treatment method for knee pain. Although we cited two specific examples with links above, there are hundreds of other studies that have confirmed the same thing.
- You can continue on with your day without worrying about medication side effects or changes to your body or mental stability. It’s a weekly or biweekly treatment option that is easy to adjust to no matter how busy you might be.
What is the general acupuncture treatment schedule for knee pain?
Should you elect to pursue knee acupuncture, we recommend treatment multiple times per week for four to six weeks, then a reevaluation is provided.
Have studies shown that acupuncture provides pain relief in the knee region?
Countless studies have confirmed that this ancient technique does in fact provide pain relief in the knee region: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27655986. Another study that followed 18,000 patients through their knee pain cycle also found that acupuncture for knee pain was confirmed beneficial to those living with the knee problems: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3658605/.