An autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks healthy cells.
Often people are on maintenance therapy to lessen the effects of the disease and halt progression. However, people with Automimmune conditions often have pain that is managed best with a multidisciplinary approach. Acupuncture has been shown to lessen symptoms of some automimmune conditions.
Some of the condition that improve with acupuncture include:
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of inflammatory and autoimmune arthritis that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in your joints. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks its own tissue, including joints. It can affect any joint but is common in the wrist and fingers. More women than men get rheumatoid arthritis. It often starts in middle age and is most common in older people. Over long periods of time, the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis can cause bone erosion and joint deformity.
While there's no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, physiotherapy and medication can help slow the disease's progression. Further, acupuncture has been shown to improve the pain and inflammation associate with Rheumatoid arthritis.
Anklyosing Spondyltiis (AS)
Also called Bechterew's disease, is an inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine and large joints.
Symptoms typically appear in early adulthood and include decreased flexibility in the spine.O ver time, AS can cause some of the bones in the spine (vertebrae) to fuse which then causes decreased flexibility eventually resulting in a hunched-forward posture. People with AS often have pain in their necks, backs, sacroiliac joints and joints.
Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that, over time, can cause some of the bones in the spine (vertebrae) to fuse. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched posture. If ribs are affected, it can be difficult to breathe deeply.
Treatment includes medication, physical therapy, and in rare cases surgery.