Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one joint or multiple joints. Different types of arthritis exist, each with different causes including wear and tear, infections, and underlying diseases. Symptoms include pain, swelling, reduced range of motion, and stiffness. These conditions respond very well to integrative therapies. At Stepping Stone Acupuncture & Wellness, we offer many services that can benefit patients suffering from arthritis, either as stand-alone therapies or in combination with one another. When it comes to holistic medicine, we find that the whole is often greater than the sum of the parts. We can’t cure arthritis, but we can help you manage your pain.
Therapeutic Massage – which incorporates Swedish massage, myofascial release, deep tissue, and sports massage techniques – helps relieve pain and eases joint stiffness associated with arthritis by improving circulation and helping to reduce inflammation. That translates to enhanced blood flow to arthritic joints, improved movement, and reduced pain. It can also release muscle tension around the arthritic joint, or elsewhere in the body arising from compromised gait or movement.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of single-use, sterile, solid needles into specific acupuncture points on the body to reduce tension and pain, overcome disease, and rebalance the body. Your acupuncturist will work with you to determine the underlying cause of your arthritis condition from a Chinese Medicine perspective, and your treatments will be tailored to your presentation. Additional Chinese Medicine methods such as cupping, gua sha manual therapy, or moxibustion heat therapy may be included in acupuncture sessions, when appropriate. Acupuncture can reduce muscle tension, reduce inflammation, interrupt the pain response, promote tissue healing, and change how the nervous system perceives and responds to pain.
Cupping is a manual therapy technique from Chinese Medicine that uses special cups to create suction over some of the large muscle areas. Cupping helps to create space and movement in the layers of fascia, or connective tissue, that get stuck together over time. It also increases blood flow, reduces muscle tension, and draws toxins out of the tissues. We include cupping in acupuncture sessions when appropriate or offer stand-alone cupping sessions to target the pain.
A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness guide, who can help you to identify food triggers for your arthritis, or chronic inflammation. Health Coaching sessions focus on looking at all aspects of your lifestyle and how simple changes can improve your arthritis pain, such as diet, exercise, supplements, sleep habits, work stress, and relationships.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on manual therapy technique. The membranes and fluids that surround the central nervous system are subjected to strains throughout daily activities. Overtime, this can cause the craniosacral system to develop tensions that restrict the body’s ability to function naturally. Craniosacral therapy attempts to restore the area around the brain and spinal cord to its optimal and balanced state, easing discomfort and pain.
Reflexology is a therapeutic treatment in which pressure is applied to particular points and regions of the foot to affect change in the whole body. Reflex points on the feet correspond to different organs and body systems, and by stimulating these points the practitioner can create positive change in a particular system and bring the body back into balance. A trained reflexologist can help target pain anywhere in the body through focused work on the feet. Also, our reflexology sessions include a short head and neck massage, to aid in relaxation and helping release tense muscles.
Integrative Physical Therapy is a unique approach to orthopedic physical therapy, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction, issues, and injury. After a thorough evaluation, your physical therapist will come up with an individualized treatment plan that utilizes corrective exercise, manual therapy techniques, and a wide array of holistic modalities. Physical therapy can teach you how to work out stiffness without further damaging your joint, reduce pain, and increase mobility. Physical therapy also is useful after an injury, such as from a fall, and after joint surgery, especially for artificial joint replacement.