By Dr. Blair Martin, DTCM, R.Ac.
Are you one of the more than 4 million Canadians that suffer from daily pain when you perform simple tasks such as getting out of bed, picking something up or playing with your grandchildren? Arthritis can affect people of all ages. Two of its most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. These two forms have very different causes, risk factors, and effects on the body, yet they often share a common symptom – persistent joint pain.
Is there hope you ask? Yes! Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help. TCM is a form of medicine that has been practiced for over 4000 years and is a very safe, painless and effective form of treatment. According to Chinese medical theory, arthritis is due to blockages within channels in the body and each practitioner uses different techniques from one case to the next to eliminate pain and inflammation and increase your mobility.
TCM does not recognize arthritis as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques such as acupuncture, Chinese herbs, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and exercises to correct imbalances found in the body. Therefore each individual patient will receive a unique, customized treatment.
If you would like to see if Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you deal with your arthritic pain, just come down to see me; Dr. Blair Martin at Edson Family Chiropractic and Natural Health Centre. I am a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who has been studying and practicing TCM for over 10 years. I will take the time to listen and evaluate your complaints and together we will develop the best possible course of treatment for you. Call the clinic to book your consult today at 780-723-1985.