Chiropractic Care Is A Safe Alternative to Traditional Medicine

Although chiropractic care is often associated with relieving a patient’s upper, middle or lower back pain, that is not the only type of pain that can be treated with this type of therapy. Chiropractors can also help their patients with a variety of ailments in many different areas of the body. For example, chiropractic therapy is great for treating arthritis.

Arthritis is a painful condition that affects over 350 million people worldwide. Arthritis has no cure and many individuals who suffer from it struggle to find effective treatments to improve their quality of life. Chiropractic therapy is safe, non-invasive, and drug-free. It can also provide some pain relief for those who have suffered from this broad-reaching condition. Keep reading to learn more about how chiropractic care can help people with arthritis.


What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation in the joints, which leads to pain, discomfort, and stiffness in the body. Although many people relate arthritis with the elderly, it affects people of all ages. Over one hundred different diseases fall under the umbrella of an arthritis diagnosis, but two of the most common and well-known types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a disorder that causes the cartilage in the joints to break down. Those who suffer from osteoarthritis feel pain in their joints that increases in severity over time. Rheumatoid arthritis is an ongoing inflammatory condition within the joints. Although it can strike people at any age, its onset occurs most frequently between the ages of 30 and 50.


How Does Chiropractic Therapy Work to Treat Arthritis?

Many people today use painkillers and anti-inflammatories to treat the pain from arthritis. But others wish to avoid taking this route entirely if they can. Suffering from arthritis can be unbearable at times and may make it difficult for those afflicted to sleep, to perform simple tasks, or to participate in activities they enjoy. To avoid taking medication when arthritis occurs, an increasing number of people are turning to alternative therapies and finding relief from visiting a chiropractic practitioner.

On the first visit to a chiropractor, one can expect to receive a thorough evaluation where pain and discomfort levels are discussed with and recorded by the chiropractor. After the consultation and an initial examination, if it is determined that chiropractic therapy is a viable therapy choice, the doctor will perform a chiropractic adjustment. This treatment involves gentle manipulation of the misaligned joints with a goal of realigning aspects of the nervous system to encourage proper function. Chiropractic care is focused on the nervous system, which is headquartered in the brain and spinal column. So, adjustments and manipulations are made to the back, even if that is not where the pain is. 

To get the best results from chiropractic care, patients need to make a commitment to come back for treatments regularly. Some people return frequently over a long period of time, while others may only see a chiropractor a few times and experience long-lasting results. After chiropractic therapy, people who suffer from arthritis often find that they have a greater range of motion, decreased chronic pain, fewer instances of acute pain and experience less overall inflammation. Chiropractic treatment often improves the quality of life for arthritis sufferers so much that they increase their physical activity and can often return to hobbies they previously enjoyed but had to abandon due to the limitations caused by their arthritis pain.


Additional Chiropractic Treatments for Arthritis

Arthritics should not seek a chiropractic adjustment during a flare-up of the condition, as the manipulation may have an adverse effect. During these times, a chiropractor can administer other therapies like ultrasound, electrotherapy, low-level laser, and infrared sauna. Each of these helps to soothe or stimulate the muscles and joints and can be a great accompaniment for the adjustments and manipulations. Another option is receiving physical or massage therapies. In many cases, chiropractors work in conjunction with these therapists. So, seeking out this type of treatment is easy and convenient. 

Chiropractic therapy is a fantastic option for people who suffer from arthritis pain. This alternative therapy has come a long way over the past century, and it has helped many people find relief from this debilitating disease and improve their quality of life. If you have arthritis and are looking for a long-term, non-invasive, drug-free solution, Apps Chiropractic can help you.

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