Acupuncture and the Treatment of Arthritis

Posted on Feb 8, 2018

Acupuncture and the Treatment of Arthritis

Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints. It affects more than 50 million adults and is the most common cause of disability in America. There are various types of arthritis, but all come with pain and stiffness in the joints.


While research into acupuncture and arthritis is limited, the studies that have been conducted show promising results for those suffering with arthritic pain. In our Fort Myers acupuncture clinic, arthritis is a condition we routinely treat. Needles are inserted into various points on the body based on the location of the pain experienced. Often, we will use mirror imaging of the body to treat the affected joint(s)- i.e. using the elbow to treat the knee or the ankle to treat the neck/low back. There are also points that treat systemic inflammation and nourish the bones; we needle these to provide support for your body as it works to reduce inflammation.

Arthritis is a chronic condition and our goal with treatment is to provide our patients with more good days. For those with an autoimmune component to their arthritis (rheumatoid), the goal of treatment is to slow the progression of the degenerative changes this type of arthritis causes. For all types of arthritis, acupuncture can increase range of motion, decrease swelling and pain, and improve the patient’s quality of life. Can we guarantee that you will never have another flare up or never again awaken with stiff joints? No. But, based on experience, we can say that acupuncture treatment gives our patients more days free from the pain and restriction of arthritis.

If you are interested in getting acupuncture in Fort Myers for your arthritis, schedule online at We look forward to seeing you soon!