Pain and Joint Problems


Treating pain FAQ’s

Can acupuncture help arthritis pain?

Yes! Acupuncture can be used to reduce pain and inflammation from arthritis. Recent trials to treat arthritis of the knee were carried out at Southampton University where the results were found to be very promising.

I’ve already seen a chiropractor

That’s good. They would have been able to determine if there was amiss-aligned vertebra or major disk problem. The advantage of acupuncture is that it can be used to reduce inflammation and treat the areas of pain you are experiencing.

I’ve already had a steroid injection.

You will need to wait at least a month after the effects of the steroid injection have worn off before starting your course of acupuncture treatment. If you take steroid tablets, there is no need to wait as you can start acupuncture right away.

What sort of pain joint problems do I regularly see?

I suppose the most common condition I see in the clinic is low back pain. Sometimes it’s related to something specific like heavy lifting or too many hours spent gardening but often clients can’t identify a specific cause, it is just something that has got worse over time. Back pain symptoms can stay locally in the back or radiate down the leg giving sciatica type pain, it’s certainly quite debilitating and affects their everyday life as well as their ability to sleep comfortably.

The other most commonly affected joints are elbows, knees and shoulders. Let’s not forget the classic condition of ‘tennis elbow’ which affects many people and can be caused by muscle strain or repetitive action rather than just over enthusiastic tennis matches!
Knees can puff up and become painful overnight, toe joints can become swollen and ache even when wearing flat comfortable shoes, and it doesn’t always take a slip or trip to cause the initial complaint.

Sometimes people come along with a specific diagnosis but quite often they just know they have a painful joint which doesn’t seem to be responding to rest and the usual anti-inflammatory medication.

What happens next?

The basis of treatment is to identify the type of pain, it’s location, what makes it better what makes it worse and how intense it is. All these factors are considered alongside a full traditional Chinese diagnosis in order to determine the best treatment principles to use. Treatment will include a variety of techniques such as moxibustion, gua sha, cupping as well as needling specific acupuncture points.

The aim of treatment is to get the whole body back into balance targeting the specific type in areas of pain getting the body to heal itself.


Hazel Andrews Lic Ac MAcS
7 Ash Gardens, South Marston
Swindon Wilts SN3 4XX
Tel: 01793 827507

Opening Hours

Mon – Thur: 9am to 7pm
Friday: 9am – 2pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Clinic Number

01793 827507

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