What is arthritis?

The word arthritis comes from the Greek word anthrax with means “joint”.  “Itis” is of Latin descent meaning “inflammation”.  Therefore, the simplest definition of arthritis is that it is painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.  This  pain and stiffness can worsen as you age.

Fast Facts:

  • May is National Arthritis Awareness Month!
  • Did you know?  About 1 in 5 Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis by their physicians!
  • The most common types of arthritis are:
    • Osteoarthritis – A type of arthritis that occurs when flexible tissue at the ends of bones wears down.  A very common condition affecting 3 million + American per year
    • Rheumatoid arthritis – A chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet affecting 200,000 to 3 million Americans a year
    • Infectious arthritis – Caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi spread though the bloodstream or from a nearby infection into a joint causing an infection.
    • Juvenile arthritis – an autoimmune and inflammatory condition that develops in children ages 16 and younger.
    • There are over 100 different types of arthritis

How Acupuncture May Help

Arthritis can cause debilitating pain and the pain can be exhausting from the person who suffers from it.  Acupuncture and holistic therapies can help to ease arthritis pain.  It is believed that acupuncture may be able to decrease arthritis pain by releasing certain chemicals in the body acting as a pain block.  These chemicals are call endorphins.

Many of the areas where acupuncture is applied (called acu-points) are near nerves.  when these nerves are stimulated a message is sent to the nervous system to send out endorphins to help stop or block pain.  This sort of treatments may be helpful in assisting in the relief of pain caused by arthritis.


What Is Acupuncture Treatment?

Facial-AucpunctureAcupuncture treatment is conducted by a an acupuncturist.  The body has many cu-point locations or areas that are used to stimulate the body to help relieve pain.  The acupuncturist will sanitize, clean and prep the area where an acupuncture needle will be inserted.  The acupuncture needle used is very thin, almost hair-like in diameter.  Depending on the treatment needed, the acupuncturist will insert various needles at different depths to help relieve the pain an arthritic patient may be experiencing.  These hair-like needles stay in place anywhere from several minutes to an hour depending on the treatment needed.

Does it Hurt?

When a needle is inserted you may feel a slight prick.  Many patients tend to get a feeling of relaxation during the treatment and may even fall asleep!

The Advantages:

Acupuncture is a drug-free, natural alternative that has been used for centuries to help reduce pain, treat illnesses and promote overall wellness.


Dr. Marie Perkins, OTR/L, LMT, DOM, Dipl. Ac. – Qualified to Help!

PerkinsM 020_fullDr. Marie Perkins works with each of her patients creating and developing a personal healing and health plan, giving them the best course of treatment for the best outcome.

Dr. Marie Perkins is one of the most recognized practitioners in Palm Harbor, Florida as a “non-pharmaceutical” pain specialist.

She is licensed by the National:

• Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

• Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

• Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Stop hurting and start living!  Contact East West Healing Solutions today for a FREE consultation.  Discover how we can help you start living pain free again.

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