Arthritis is defined as inflammation of a joint, often accompanied by pain, swelling and changes in joint structure. There are many types of arthritis, the most common types are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis.
There are many ways chiropractic can help people suffering with arthritis. Spinal misalignments, called “subluxations” can cause discs to wear down more quickly. Disc degeneration can cause changes in the joint cartilage that can lead to arthritis. As chiropractors, we are trained to detect and correct misalignments with gentle, specific adjustments. When your body stays in proper alignment, not only is pressure taken of the nerves, but the proper motion between the spinal bones is restored. This reduces your bodies need to lay down new bone to stabilize your spine. When that happens, symptoms are reduced and quality of life improves. By maintaining that proper alignment, you become stronger and help keep them from coming back.
Using chiropractic instead of prescription medicines for pain relief, or over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), can reduce the chances of experiencing harmful side effects from long-term use.
The other way chiropractic helps is neurological. Anyone that has ever suffered from an autoimmune disease knows that it’s made worse by stress. Chiropractic adjustments help take stress off your nervous system allowing your body to rest, relax and heal. By taking stress off your nervous system, your body functions better. When your body is restored to proper function, healing happens naturally.
Chiropractic as a regular treatment will also help prevent arthritis, or at least its damaging effects. This form of prevention is probably the most crucial benefit in treating the disease. Proper weight and a healthy immune system are both important factors in limiting the devastating effects of all forms of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Chiropractic offers a non-invasive method of maintaining physical health and addresses such conditions as arthritis in a way that will offer freedom of movement without the deteriorating effects that might come with medication.
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