Can it help the menopause?
Those hot flushes can be helped with acupuncture, benefits up to three months after treatment.
Source: Menopause 2014
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Acupuncture significantly improves fatigue, anxiety, depression and sleep problems. The findings build on earlier research that discovered that acupuncture reduces joint pain.
Electro acupuncture, a form of acupuncture that uses electrical currents through acupuncture needles, achieves a turnaround within eight weeks.
It is understood that the inflammation of the synovium and related tissue (surrounding the head of the humerus) is the underlying feature of frozen shoulder. The reasons however are less clear, with some authors suggesting reactions to old injuries, infections or autoimmune reactions as possible causes. It will most likely affect the non-dominant arm.
Due to the chemical changes arising in the glenohumeral joint, other tissue, for example ligaments and tendons will be affected. The result is that familiar stiffness that starts to emerge as the underlying muscles become less extendible and less elastic.
It is also reported that in the early stages of frozen shoulder, there is a rapid muscle wasting. This would exclude any vigorous stretching techniques to mobilise the frozen shoulder, due to the risk of tearing already weakened muscle tissue – (Neil Asher 2013).
Frozen shoulder goes through three quite distinctive phases, freezing, frozen and thawing.
Freezing, can last between 2-8 months and the patient will be aware of pain on the outside of the arm, a sharp pain on movement and severe night pain.
Frozen, pain will be less severe, more an ache than a stabbing pain, with a continued loss of movement.
Thawing, will see a spontaneous recovery but may take a further 12 months to materialize.
There are a number of recognised treatment protocols that claim to help frozen shoulder, including manipulation therapies, like chiropractic, acupuncture and trigger point release techniques.
What we have found at the clinic, is that a combination of all the treatments protocols will reduce symptoms if applied in a careful and sensitive way. Frozen shoulder takes time to respond to treatment and requires a high degree of patient compliance.
After lower back pain and neck pain, the most common joint pain chiropractors treat is what is often referred to as peripheral joint pain. This will include shoulder, hip and knee pain. These joints are more prone to wear and tear and early signs of osteoarthritis.
The risks associated with joints include old injuries, obesity, repetitive activity, weak muscles and to a lesser extent heredity factors. Other factors that can have an adverse effect on our joints include posture, footwear, and lifestyle.
To offer the most appropriate treatment the causes of joint pain must first be understood, e.g. sprains and strains, tendinitis, and secondly those key factors that are placing the patient at risk, e.g. posture, muscle imbalances and excessive use.
As well as chiropractic treatment consideration will also be given to soft tissue massage, acupuncture, kinesiology and a rehabilitation program tailored to the specific needs of the patient.