Arthritis or joint inflammation include over 100 conditions such as osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis and many other rheumatic diseases, with common symptoms such as pain, stiffness, swelling, fatigue and decreased function mostly in the wrist and finger joints and others closer to the hand. However, in more serious cases, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and feet joints can also be affected as well as some other parts of the body. If not treated, the inflammation only gets worse, without chances for remission.
Medications used for treating arthritis can control the symptoms and progression; however, taking them alone is not the most effective method. For best results, arthritis drugs should be combined with exercise, proper rest and a healthy diet. Apart from mentioned, more convenient methods, chiropractic care as a more holistic approach has been proved to be successful in taking the edge off this painful condition.
Chiropractors’ focus is on the relationship between your spine and nervous system which is essential for normal functioning of your whole body. Although many think that chiropractic is an effective method for treating primarily back and neck pain, its benefits are much more far reaching. Actually, chiropractors use over 150 movements for spine, joint and muscle manipulation. The degree of force they use depends on the condition of each patient. While some treatments involve cracking backs and popping necks into place, some others, especially in case of arthritis, involve gentle manipulation of the soft tissue which can prevent contractions and relieve sore muscles. Depending on specific needs, gentle manipulation can be combined with exercises that can help in stretching the joints, improving mobility and a range of motions. A chiropractor also can give recommendations when it comes to an anti inflammatory dietary regime that can not only ease inflammation and pain, but also increase flexibility.
Although chiropractic manipulation is not recommendable for the joints that are swollen, there are different chiropractic treatments that can be applied to both soft tissues and joints which can reduce inflammation and relieve pain and stiffness by stimulating nerves and improving circulation. These treatments include ultrasound, electrotherapy, low level, so called ‘cold’ laser and infrared sauna.
In the majority of cases, 12 chiropractic treatments are proved to be more effective for patients who suffer from arthritis than some other, more convenient treatments. Significant pain relief can be experienced sometimes even after 5 treatments and in some cases, pain medications are not needed.
Chiropractic care can take pressure off your inflamed joints, increasing your body’s flexibility, muscle tone, stamina and strength, so it is definitely worth a try.