Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa (plural bursae), a small fluid-filled sac that cushions joints and minimizes friction. When inflamed, symptoms include severe pain, stiffness, swelling, and, in severe cases, joint infection. The inflammation that causes bursitis usually stems from a repetitive action or an injury. It most commonly occurs in the shoulder, hips, knees, and elbows, but can affect any joint in the body.
Western medicine recommends icing the affected area and taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs. In severe cases, the bursa must be surgically drained or the sufferer is given corticosteroid shots in the affected area. Unfortunately none of these treatments aid the body in treating the underlying cause of bursitis, and the use of NSAIDS can cause gastrointestinal problems. Acupuncture helps the body to reduce pain and promotes joint recovery naturally.
Acupuncture for Bursitis
Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system, releasing endorphins that act as the body's natural pain killers. It also relaxes muscles and activates localized anti-inflammatory reactions by stimulating circulation of blood in the affected area, reducing swelling. The increased circulation increases immune function to relieve pain and reduce the chances of infection in the inflamed bursa.
In studies, acupuncture has been proven to promote tissue regeneration, preventing degeneration around the joint and easing stiffness as well as pain.
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