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The benefit of Chinese Acupuncture in treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders (Arthritis, Back Pain, and Repetitive Stress Injuries “RSI”)

 By Dr. E. Tukmachi, the clinical director of UK ACUPUNCTURE CLINICS

Various disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system are usually resulted in inflammation and pain. On many occasion, Western Medical Treatments of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs may do little or no help to ease the signs and symptoms of those disorders. However, more people are now seeking natural therapy, such as acupuncture to help relieve painful musculoskeletal disorders. Therefore, acupuncture is regarded as the best alternative therapy for musculoskeletal problems, simply because it helps all types of pain with no side effects. This is supported by several clinical research studies which have shown that acupuncture for pain relieve can last for many months.  

Back pain

The most common disorder in musculoskeletal system is back pain. More than 85% of UK adult population suffer from back problem at some point in their lives. It is a problem which has financial burden on the NHS compare with other 2nd problem such as common cold infection or flue-epidemic.

Two studies recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, that acupuncture provided relief and lasting benefit to nearly twice as many lower back pain patients as drugs and exercise. While the second study showed that acupuncture provided definite pain relief lasted for three weeks after the end of the acupuncture sessions.


There are 3 common types of arthritis: metabolic arthritis (Gout), auto-immune arthritis (Rheumatoid arthritis) and wear & tear arthritis (Osteoarthritis). All these forms of arthritis have different etiology and risk factors. However, acupuncture has been reported to be extremely effective at treating the signs and symptoms of arthritis, mainly pain and stiffness. In traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture can clear the blockage of the vital energy (Qi) in the channels (meridians) which is caused by wind, cold, damp or damp-heat.

In view of the well-known side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs ., reports on the therapeutic as well as analgesic effects of acupuncture in osteoarthritis have stimulated interests in the value of acupuncture as an alternative to Western orthodox medicine.  Recent research studies in acupuncture showed that treatment of osteoarthritic pain with acupuncture produces a substantial effect on the subjective symptoms of this disease in which the pain killing tablets had failed. Therefore, as acupuncture is a potentially safe and cheap type of treatment, it can be used to manage arthritis for which conventional Western treatments are either less effective or failing with no obvious response.

Repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are the second most common problem-related injuries after back pain. It affects not only the patients themselves but the economy as they are attributed to the highest number of days lost among all work-related injuries. The clinical picture of this syndrome consists of, in addition to the constant pain, tightness, stiffness, tingling, numbness, coldness and loss of strength. Within the context of Chinese Medicine, the main causes of RSI are related to the disruption energy-flow (Qi) and Blood (Xue) within the affected region and associated with cold, dampness or wind penetrating the muscles and ligaments.

Acupuncture therapy (with certain exercises) is one of the best effective treatments for repetitive stress injuries sparing the need for surgery or to use the conventional medication of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids. In order to get a good prognosis and to prevent any relapses of RSI, the patient should be advised to change the life styles as in the following points:

    Try to avoid repetitive tasks in any work or job by doing alternation between tasks that use different group of muscles where possible.
    Minimize pressure when you use more force than needed to do certain tasks which involve the hands and that will lead to decrease pressure and less irritation. 
Maintain a good posture in order to avoid shortening neck and shoulder muscles and compressing nerves in your neck, which can affect your wrists, hands, and fingers.  With more relaxation of both shoulder and neck, the more flexibility of the head to float upwards without strain.

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