Although it frequently accompanies old age, arthritis is an affliction that can strike at any time. We’ve all heard of it, but exactly what is arthritis? In simplest terms, arthritis is an inflammation of the joints that can lead to varying levels of pain. Some people are bothered only occasionally by minor bouts; others find that they are virtually incapacitated because of the pain and stiffness in their joints.
There are 2 major types of arthritis: osteoarthritis, which is most commonly found in the elderly, is caused by the stress of normal wear and tear on joints over a period of years. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder of the autoimmune system and is found in people of all ages. Other arthritis types can be caused by infections, diseases like lupus or uric acid crystals.
So, what does all this have to do with chiropractic care? Isn’t it counterproductive to manipulate joints that are already inflamed and painful? In most cases, the answer is an emphatic, “Absolutely not!” In the hands of a qualified professional, you may find that the pain associated with arthritis is reduced dramatically.
How can your Doctor of Chiropractic help? Your chiropractor is able to help ease the pain of arthritis in a variety of ways. First of all, you should know that chiropractic adjustments are completely painless for most people. The popping noise that accompanies it is from tiny pockets of gas in your joints. Adjustments can help restore your joints’ normal range of motion. This leads to increased flexibility and improved muscle strength.
Since most chiropractors are holistic healers, he or she should also be able to assist you in nutritional and supplemental advice that can help control the inflammation in your joints. You may also want to discuss appropriate exercises. Health care professionals now believe that there is absolutely no reason for arthritis sufferers to remain sedentary.
While your chiropractor cannot heal arthritis, chances are very good that he or she can help alleviate some of your symptoms and teach you ways to manage the pain. Please take good care of yourself. You’re worth it.
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