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. Chiropractors and osteopaths can correct miss-aligned vertebra. Acupuncture works by reducing inflammation and treating the 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. It can be related to something specific like heavy lifting or too many hours spent gardening but somethimes there isn’t an obvious cause. For many people it’s  just something that has got worse with time.  Symptoms can travel down the leg giving sciatica type pain. Any type of pain affects everyday life as well as your ability to sleep comfortably.

The other most commonly affected joints is see in clinic are elbows, knees and shoulders.  Tennis elbow is a classic condition that I often see. It is caused by muscle strain or repetitive actions 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.

Most people who come along  just know they have a painful joint which isn’t responding to rest and the usual anti-inflammatory medication. They may not know the cause or the technical name but get great improvement with acupuncture.

What happens next?

The basis of treatment is to identify the type of pain, it’s location, what makes it feel better and how intense it is. All these factors are help form a traditional Chinese diagnosis so the best treatment principles can be 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 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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