Joint Pain: What does it Mean?
It means that there is either or both:
a) Damage to the cartilage that wraps around joint surfaces
b) Not enough circulation to nourish, oxygenize and remove metabolic waste to the joint surfaces and emergency procedures are in effect to protect and save the joint.
Swelling: the body’s response to bring more oxygen into the malnourished areas. This is accomplished by the blood vessels dilating within the joint capsule and joint covering. Fluid is the medium required. Therefore overzealous use of anti-inflammatory medications will stop this emergency oxygen supply.
The more permanent way to reduce swelling is to allow the joint capsule to receive its needs through the proper channels. There is an arterial connection within the bones themselves that nourishes the joint cartilage. When the overall circulation of the body is better established and the body is focused to see that there is a problem, the emergency swelling will not be needed. Stimulating the acupuncture meridians will activate a type of signal transmission line to make this happen more quickly.
Pain: it is telling you that this emergency flow of food and water to the joints is required and working overtime and that the pain signal is the body’s message to not overuse this joint until it becomes fully hydrated again.
Pain becomes better upon movement: movement of the joint that activates the blood vessels, which supply nourishment and waste disposal, creates a natural vacuum.
Pain left untreated over many years: part of the cartilage becomes destroyed from constant lack of food, water and oxygen. The raw bone surfaces will rub against each other in those exposed areas, causing even more damage to the joints.
The repair process of the cartilage, even with enough nutrients, still needs time to regrow from where it is connected to the bone. The longer it is not given the chance to do this, the more possibility of permanent cartilage damage, resulting in bone deformity and severe osteoarthritis.
Cartilage cells are living cells, and with the proper circulation established, the body’s innate intelligence will take over to oversee its repair.
Pain stopped by medication: it may be necessary to take medication, if severe, to allow normal daily activities. However, it is the pain signal that is being stopped and the actual repair process is not activated to truly cure the problem. Therefore, it gives one a false sense of security.