If you or a loved one suffers from the joint pain, stiffness and loss of mobility associated with arthritis, you understand all too well how completely it can diminish quality of life. The simple activities most people take for granted – walking the dog, gardening, playing with grandchildren – become agonizing chores avoided at all costs. Even restful sleep often eludes those with throbbing, inflamed joints.

If you struggle with arthritis’s daily torment, take heart knowing lasting relief is still possible thanks to customized acupuncture treatments from Newport Wellness Group’s team of compassionate healers. By addressing the root causes of your discomfort, acupuncture can help ease arthritis’s grip so you can get back to living life freely again without constant pain.

Why Arthritis Hits Seniors Particularly Hard

While arthritis afflicts people of all ages, it tends to take the greatest toll on seniors. Natural age-related joint changes coupled with a lifetime of accumulated joint strain make seniors especially vulnerable to degenerative and inflammatory forms of arthritis. Limited mobility from arthritis often triggers a downward spiral of inactivity, muscle loss and weight gain that worsens symptoms.

Additionally, chronic pain and loss of independence frequently lead to anxiety, depression and social isolation in older arthritis patients. At Newport Wellness Group, our certified acupuncturists understand the unique challenges seniors with arthritis face. We help address both physical discomfort and emotional health for whole-person healing.

Risks of Cortisone Injections for Relief

Many doctors offer cortisone injections to temporarily relieve arthritis swelling and discomfort. However, emerging research reveals potential downsides of overusing injections such as accelerated joint damage, nearby bone loss weakening joints further. That’s why we advocate acupuncture as a safer long-term method for realigning the body’s natural healing capacity.

How Acupuncture Eases Arthritis Symptoms

While still being unpacked, science shows acupuncture’s benefits stem from triggering various helpful physiological responses:

  • Pain relief – Acupuncture stimulates nerves that signal the brain and spinal cord to release natural pain-relieving chemicals.
  • Reduced inflammation – Specific points help regulate pro and anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Improved circulation – Boosts blood flow to affected areas to enhance cellular repair.
  • Muscle relaxation – Eases muscle tension contributing to stiffness and soreness.

Because it works in harmony with the body’s own healing processes, acupuncture manages arthritis gently. Customized treatment plans also mean we can target the unique pattern, severity and location of your joint pain for optimal relief.

What to Expect with Acupuncture

Your first acupuncture visit at Newport Wellness Group revolves around a detailed health assessment so we can best personalize your treatment plan. You’ll discuss what arthritis symptoms plague you most, what eases or worsens your discomfort, medical history, prior treatments tried, and your goals. Your acupuncturist will address any questions you have as well.

Treatments involve lying comfortably on a massage table while ultra-thin disposable needles are inserted at specific body points for roughly 20-30 minutes. Most people feel little to no pain, just mild tingling or dull pressure at insertion sites. Many find sessions deeply relaxing and may even doze off!

After each treatment, you’ll likely walk out experiencing reduced pain and stiffness with improved mobility – sometimes dramatically. Your acupuncturist will recommend a treatment plan based on severity of your symptoms and how your body responds. Lifestyle suggestions like gentle stretching or anti-inflammatory nutrition may also be given to reinforce benefits.

Lasting Relief is Within Reach

If you suffer from the daily anguish of arthritis in Irvine, reclaiming your quality of life may feel like an impossible dream. However, customized acupuncture treatments offer a safe, effective way to minimize aches, pains and inflammation gently so you can move with greater comfort and ease. Don’t lose hope! The compassionate healers at Newport Wellness Group in Newport Beach are here to help you feel better one step at a time.