Acupuncture for Knee Pain:

When it comes to knee pain, acupuncture is used as an alternative or complementary therapy to help alleviate symptoms and improve overall well-being. While the exact mechanisms of how acupuncture works for knee pain are not fully understood, several theories have been proposed:

  • Pain Gate Control Theory: According to this theory, acupuncture activates nerve fibers that inhibit pain signals from reaching the brain. By stimulating these nerve fibers, acupuncture can “close the gate” and reduce the perception of knee pain.
  • Endorphin Release: Acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body. This usually leads to pain relief and a sense of relaxation.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Inflammation is often associated with knee pain, especially in conditions like osteoarthritis. Acupuncture has anti-inflammatory effects, which help reduce knee pain and swelling.
  • Improved Blood Flow: Acupuncture enhances blood circulation to the knee area, providing essential nutrients and oxygen to support the healing processes and reducing discomfort.
  • Muscle Tension Reduction: Acupuncture can induce muscle relaxation, which helps to relieve tension and tightness around the knee joint.
  • Central Nervous System Modulation: Acupuncture influences the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, to regulate pain perception and processing.

To explore more information and research on how acupuncture might help with knee pain, check out the following online resources:

Given that there are virtually no harmful side effects resulting from acupuncture for pain by a Licensed Acupuncturist (except for rare instances of bruising or a few drops of blood with needle withdrawal), acupuncture should be at the top of the list of things to try if you are experiencing pain and don’t have an immediate need for surgery. Click her to learn more about how acupuncture works.

This is in stark contrast to the use of pharmaceutical drugs, which surprisingly for some, have made Adverse Drug Reactions the 4th leading cause of death in the United States!

While we do occasionally hit it out of the park on the first try and patients’ pain is gone, in fairness it is best to try a series of 3-6 sessions to see how well acupuncture for pain can help, and especially before you do drugs or surgery. (However acupuncture also complements conventional medical treatments because it helps the body to heal). Here is a large meta-study on the effectiveness of acupuncture.

Keep in mind that there are stages of healing and treatment: Stage 1 deals with putting out the fire and getting rid of aches and pains. Stage 2 involves treating the underlying conditions that allowed the aches and pains to develop. And Stage 3 is a maintenance program for those who would like to be proactive and prevent the imbalances and resulting symptoms from returning.

As every journey begins with the first step, schedule an appointment for acupuncture for pain with the link below:

Lafayette Acupuncture & Functional Medicine Hours

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