Chiropractor Chandler AZ

Acupuncture and Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation of a joint. It happens when cartilage at the end of the bones gradually deteriorates. This feels like two bones rubbing on each other. Previous joint injuries, old age, and obesity are some of the factors that cause arthritis. Some of the symptoms include tenderness in the joints and stiffness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic systemic disease mainly of the joints. In late stages deformity and ankylosis of a joint due to disease or injury develop. The cause is unknown. It is assumed that autoimmune mechanisms and viral infection could cause rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a noninflammatory degenerative joint disease in older individuals. It is characterized by the degeneration of the articular cartilage, enlargement of bone at the margins, and change in the synovial membrane. It is accompanied by pain, usually after prolonged activity, and stiffness, particularly in the morning or with inactivity. THis is also known as degenerative arthritis.

Pain is the main issue for people with arthritis. Acupuncture is highly effective of pain management. It produces endorphins which inhibit the sensation of pain. It also produces serotonin, which blocks the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Some other noninvasive ways to treat the pain associated with arthritis are cold laser therapy, Chiropractic, Massage, or Physical Therapy.

The video below describes how acupuncture is performed and commonly asked questions. Many people seek acupuncture for their forearm muscle and elbow joint pain, it is also very effective when combined with conservative therapy and medical treatments.

Learn more about Acupuncture in our Chandler AZ Clinic. Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture can be used alone or combined to enhance many types of treatments and injuries. Many people with chronic pain find significant relief when combining these treatments.

Low level lasers are excellent treatments for decreasing pain and inflammation inside joints. Class IV Cold Lasers produce a specific frequency and wavelength of energy that decrease inflammatory molecules inside joints. Many people with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis find relief when low level lasers are added to their treatment. Learn more about cold laser treatment and joint pain.


Alpha Chiropractic and Physical Therapy provides treatment for many patients in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and Maricopa. Most patients have never seen a clinic that combines treatments from different providers into improving your pain. Chiropractic Adjustments are enhanced with physical therapy exercises and stretches on the elbow, wrist, shoulder, and neck. Many people with rheumatoid and degenerative arthritis have significant amounts of tendinopathy or tendinitis around their joints, especially the neck, back, shoulder, knee, ankle, and foot. Damage to the joints causes you to move differently and places more stress on the muscles and tendons, leading to muscle and tendon pain associated with arthritis. Many people feel much better and can walk further when their muscle and tendinitis pain around the damaged joints.

Many patients are amazed how their muscle pain and “knots in their muscles” are quickly improved with Graston Technique treatments combined with massage. Graston Technique helps break up scar tissue and enhance tendinopathy healing. Massage therapy helps decrease muscle spasms in the neck, back, leg, shoulder, and arm muscles, which often contribute to increasing joint pain.

Therapy and treatments for many types of conditions can be improved with a combination of acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy. Learn more about our unique Chandler Chiropractic Clinic.