Many people with chronic pain in their feet or legs find that traditional healthcare treatments are not effective means of relieving their discomfort. Other patients may not be able to handle the side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as the increased risk of bleeding. For these patients as well as for those who are open to alternative healthcare, acupuncture may be a good alternative. Scientific studies have demonstrated that acupuncture treatments may help to minimize or even eliminate chronic pain in people with certain health conditions.
Many people have chronic pain in their feet and legs due to arthritis. Arthritis may form due to overuse and age-related wear and tear, such as in the case with osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis develops when the body’s immune system attacks the joints, causing inflammation and irritation of bones and nerves. In Denver, pain management with acupuncture for arthritis involves insertion of tiny sterile needles into the pressure points or energy nodes closest to the location of the pain. Patients who have acupuncture for arthritis of the knee may see a significant decrease in pain and a restoration of range of motion and mobility.
One of the premises of acupuncture is that there is a blockage of the flow of energy from one part of the body to another. The stimulation of the small acupuncture needles is thought to be able to release that blockage to restore energy flow. This technique also helps to promote better circulation. Many foot and leg pains are a result of poor circulation. Acupuncture in Denver may help with the restoration of proper circulation.
Some foot and leg pain has no known cause. In some cases, old injuries or other conditions such as diabetes could result in referred pain to these parts of the body. In a long-term study of patients with chronic lower body pain, researchers found that acupuncture treatments resulted in a 30 percent reduction of pain. These studies compared sham treatments or placebo treatments to accurate acupuncture care.