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Chinese Acupuncture is the best alternative treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, back pain, sciatica and repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs)

By Dr. E. Tukmachi, the clinical director of Acumedica clinics

The most common signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders are characterised by pain, swelling, redness and tenderness. This pathology of the musculoskeletal system is usually caused by inflammation and sometimes by strains and injuries. The Western medicine is treating this problem by pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs in order to reduce and ease off theses signs and symptoms. But most patients are willing to have a natural therapy, such as acupuncture, to help relieve their painful musculoskeletal signs and symptoms. Acupuncture is regarded as the best alternative therapy for most musculoskeletal disorders because it has a better pain relief with virtually no side effects. The recent scientific clinical research studies showed that the effect of acupuncture in relieving pain would even last for many months.

Acupuncture for Treatment of painful osteoarthritic joints

Acupuncture is reported to be very effective in treating all main types of arthritis (Osteoarthritis, metabolic arthritis (Gout) and Rheumatoid arthritis). It has the best therapeutic effects in reducing the signs and symptoms of arthritis, mainly pain and stiffness. According to Chinese medicine, acupuncture can clear the blockage
of the vital energy (Qi) in the channels (meridians) which is caused by wind, cold, damp or damp-heat. In western medicine, it is well documented that all anaglesic and/or anti-inflammatory drugs used for treatment of arthritis carry with them all unwanted side effects. On contrary, the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of acupuncture in osteoarthritis have virtually no side effects compared to that Western orthodox medicine. Clinical research study in acupuncture has been proved to have a substantial relieve effect on the subjective signs and symptoms of this disease. Acupuncture is a potentially safe and cheap type of treatment and it can be successfully managed arthritis for which conventional Western treatments are either less effective or failing with no obvious response.

Acupuncture treatment for Back pain and Sciatica

Back pain and sciatica are the most common disorders in musculoskeletal affecting large population in the UK. It has been estimated that more 85% of UK adult population suffer from any form of back problems, including back pain and sciatica, at some stage in their lives. Such a problem is creating a financial burden on the NHS in comparison to other health problem, for example a common cold or flue-epidemic.

Recent clinical research study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, confirmed that acupuncture has a significant pain relief and also a lasting benefit in treating lower back pain and sciatica compared to that of drugs and exercise.

Acupuncture for Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs)
Again, it is the second most common problem-related injuries affecting musculoskeletal system after back pain and sciatica. This problem is not only affecting patients but also the economy, simply because most patients with this problem are associated with the highest number of days lost among all work-related injuries. The patient with this problem is usually suffered in addition to the constant pain, other symptoms such as tightness, stiffness, tingling, numbness, coldness and loss of strength. In Chinese Medicine, the main causes of RSI are related to the disruption energy-flow (Qi) and Blood (Xue) within the affected region and associated with cold, dampness or wind penetrating the muscles and ligaments.
The traditional Chinese Acupuncture therapy plus specific exercises is regarded as an effective treatment for repetitive stress injuries and gives the patients with this problem to avoid surgery or to rely on Western medicine such as pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Most good acupuncturists will advise the patients with
RISs to change their life styles in order to have better outcomes with the acupuncture and to prevent recurrence of signs and symptoms through:
- During manual work, the patient will try to avoid routine repetitive tasks and
- The patient should reduce pressure when to use more force (which involves hands) than it needs as this will lead to decrease pressure and to less irritation - The patient should try a good posture in order to avoid shortening neck and shoulder muscles and compressing nerves in your neck With more relaxation of both shoulder and neck, the more flexibility of the head to float upwards without strain. More information on Musculoskeletal disease and their management by acupuncture therapy is available on request and you cant try to contact THE ACUMEDICA CLINICS OR the CLINICAL DIRECTOR DR. EMAD TUKMACHI . However, if you want to make an appointment at one of our Acumedica clinics, please telephone or email us