Joint problems generally include pain and/or reduced range of motion which can have a wide range of causes, from acute injury to chronic degeneration. The following are some examples of treatments provided for various common joint problems:
- Acute Injury - a specific acute injury in the recent past, this generally results in inflammation in the joint and surrounding tissue. Acupuncture is applied in order to reduce pain and inflammation in the area, and acupressure is applied in order to improve general circulation and range of motion. Guasha may also be applied to further improve circulation and speed recovery.
- Chronic Injury - a specific injury that occurred in the past which has resulted on persistent, chronic pain and/or reduced function. Acupuncture and heat therapy is applied to improve circulation to the joint and interrupt the chronic inflammatory process. Acupressure or reflexology may also be applied to increase range of motion.
- Osteoarthritis - gradual degeneration within the joint, resulting in changes to the bone itself. Acupuncture and heat therapy is applied to improve circulation to the joint and encourage regeneration of the cushioning connective tissue within the joint. Acupressure may also be applied to increase range of motion.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis - inflammation within the joint, often related to an autoimmune condition in which the connective tissue is actively attacked with the immune system. Acupuncture is applied in order to clear the inflammatory process, reduce pain, and moderate the overactive immune system. Acupressure or reflexology may also be applied to reduce inflammation and pain.