Acupuncture can reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.

Acupuncture has been found to be extremely effective at treating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. Give our office a call today to set-up your initial consultation (425) 686-4498.

Arthritis Definition:

Arthritis is defined as pain or inflammation in one or more joints. Symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly. As arthritis is most often a chronic disease, symptoms may come and go or persist over time.

Arthritis Causes:

The two main types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, damage joints in different ways.

  • Osteoarthritis can be cause by “normal wear and tear” of joints.” If there is enough damage to the joint it can result in pain, stiffness, and lasting inflammation of the joint. It causes changes in bones and deterioration of the connective tissues that attach muscle to bone and hold the joint together. It also causes inflammation of the joint lining.


  • Rheumatoid arthritis: In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s own immune system attacks the joint capsule. Resulting in decreased range of motion, pain, and swelling. This ultimately may destroy cartilage and bone within the joint.

Arthritis Symptoms:

Symptoms of arthritis typically are:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • redness
  • stiffness
  • decreased range of motion in joints
  • inflammation.

Arthritis Treatments:

Acupuncture has been found to be a beneficial treatment for arthritis. Acupuncture can reduce pain and inflammation in joints. This leads to increased range of motion, flexibility, and exercise tolerance. Frequency of treatment depends on severity and symptoms.

What to expect:

The first step is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Heintze. She will go over your case, perform a physical exam and then develop a comprehensive treatment plan customized for your arthritis symptoms. Your program will be based on the symptoms you’re experiencing and the length of time you’ve had those symptoms. Give our office a call today at (425) 686-4498 to schedule a pain consult.


“Dr. Heintze has been treating me since I was diagnosed with arthritis. Each visit she talks to me about how I am feeling and takes time to evaluate my issues. Then she draws up a plan to hit the areas that need the most attention. This has my road to recovery, a very pleasant one. I highly recommend her and her staff!” – T.G.

Read Dr. Heintze’s articles on how we can help treat pain here:

Acupuncture and Rheumatoid Arthritis

6 Foods to help your arthritis

Give our office a call today (425) 368-3290 to set-up your initial consultation to learn how we can help!

Integrative care for chronic pain

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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She is a pain specialist, seeing people who suffer from chronic pain, migraines, as well as digestive issues. Offering pain relief injections, acupuncture, and nutrition consults. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free on Amazon.