Hip pain can be a real bother, making it difficult to walk, sit, or engage in activities you love. While there are various treatment options available, one effective natural approach is acupuncture. This healing technique has been used for thousands of years and offers a natural way to alleviate hip pain. In this article, we’ll explore how acupuncture works, its benefits, and how it can provide relief for hip pain sufferers.

Understanding acupuncture for hip pain

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. An acupuncturist may also utilize other modalities during a treatment like cupping, moxibustion, tuina (medical massage), or guasha (scraping). There are also various heating techniques and herbal poultices / liniments that might be utilized during a treatment. Basically, an acupuncture treatment can include the insertion of filiform needles but there is a whole lot more than just needles involved.

How acupuncture works for hip pain

When it comes to hip pain, acupuncture can target both the underlying causes and the symptoms. By stimulating specific regions related to the hip pain, the body’s natural healing mechanisms are activated via blood flow. Acupuncture can:

  1. Reduce Inflammation: Inflammation is often a contributing factor to hip pain. Acupuncture can help reduce inflammation by promoting blood flow to the affected area, which in turn aids in the body’s healing process. This is the main mechanism for reducing pain both in the short term and long term.
  2. Relieve Muscle Tension: Tight muscles around the hip joint can cause pain and restrict movement. Acupuncture can help relax these muscles, releasing tension and promoting better mobility. This increase in mobility promotes blood circulation because natural healthy movement is what moves the blood locally.  
  3. Stimulate Nerve Function: Acupuncture can stimulate nerves, helping to block pain signals and alleviate discomfort. This can provide temporary relief and improve the overall functioning of the hip joint. During a treatment, electrical stimulation can be applied to help increase the pain blocking function of acupuncture.

The benefits of acupuncture for hip pain

Acupuncture offers several benefits for individuals experiencing hip pain, including:

  1. It’s a Drug-Free Option: Unlike some conventional treatments, acupuncture is a therapy that does not require medication. This makes it a safe and natural option, particularly for those who prefer to avoid pharmaceuticals or are struggling with pharmacological side effects.
  2. Holistic Approach: Acupuncture considers the body as a whole, focusing on addressing imbalances rather than just treating the symptoms. By targeting the root causes of hip pain, acupuncture aims to provide long-term relief rather than temporary fixes.
  3. Personalized Treatment: Each person’s experience of hip pain is unique, and acupuncture recognizes this individuality. A skilled acupuncturist will tailor the treatment based on the patient’s specific symptoms, medical history, and overall well-being.
  4. Potential for Adjunct Therapy: Acupuncture can be used alongside other treatment modalities, such as physical therapy or medication, to enhance their effectiveness and speed up recovery.

Why choose acupuncture for your hip pain?

Acupuncture presents a natural and holistic approach to alleviating hip pain. By promoting balance, reducing inflammation, relieving muscle tension, and stimulating nerve function, acupuncture can provide much-needed relief for individuals suffering from hip pain. If you’re considering acupuncture as a treatment option, it’s essential to consult a qualified acupuncturist who can assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. With its long history and proven effectiveness, acupuncture offers hope for those seeking a gentle and effective solution to hip pain.

How do you become a patient at our office

If you are done struggling with hip pain become a patient at our office and get treatment by a qualified acupuncturist. We have over 10 years of experience treating patients with hip pain just like yours. You can click the schedule now button below and you’ll be directed to our scheduling page. If you want to discuss your case for free to get an idea of what treatment would look like for you, schedule a discovery call. If you’re ready to dive in and get treatment, schedule a new patient appointment. Have questions on the cost of treatment, you can visit our cost of care webpage to learn more about how affordable acupuncture can be. 

What do our patients have to say?

Dr Mark was amazing. I’ve had him work on a few of my sports injuries ranging from sprained ankles and sor shoulders, but the work he is doing on my lower back is fantastic. His professionalism and communication of what i need and why keep me coming back as a regular. Acupuncture is the real deal and I suggest a visit with Mark for anyone who is a skeptic.

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Dr. Mark VanOtterloo is a licensed acupuncturist and Doctor of Acupuncture, located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He is an integrative, functional medicine practitioner specializing in chronic disease and women’s health. To learn more about how acupuncture can help with your hip pain schedule an appointment online.