As we get older, many of us have less energy and so we move about less. This is a vicious cycle. You see, the more you move, the more lubricant your joints produce. So, if you suddenly retire to a chair, your joints start to seize up.
Why regular exercise is crucial to good joint health
If you regularly practised a hobby like badminton or martial arts and then you stop, it’s even worse. Your elbows, knees, ankled and shoulders were used to being moved and oiled often. It’s like the moving parts of an engine. If you don’t top the oil up, they grind and grate against each other and eventually stop working properly.
However, stimulating the circulation to aging joints has been shown to provide relief for those suffering with the aches and pains of deterioration due to general wear and tear.
Placing needles in the points that activate the production of joint lubrication can simulate the effects of regular exercise. Getting you started again so that you can move around on your own.
Acupuncturists can also advise on effective nutrition which will help to keep you and your joints active.
The recent ruling of the Advertising Standards Authority means that we are not allowed to talk about the effects of Acupuncture for Arthritis or any other Western Medical conditions without a recognised Western medical study, including control groups using placebos, to back it up.
We did find this interesting study from the Annals of Internal Medicine on the Effectiveness of Acupuncture as Adjunctive Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee