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Arthritis and Chiropractic Care

Arthritis is a condition affecting millions of people world wide. It is characterized by inflammation, stiffness and pain in one or more of the joints of the body. Most commonly the hands, knees, hips and spine. Although there are numerous medications and surgeries available to treat the condition, more people are turning to chiropractic care for arthritis relief.

Chiropractic treatment of arthritis

Chiropractic treatment of arthritis involves the manipulation of the joint and soft tissues of the body to decrease inflammation, improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Unlike traditional medications which only treat the symptoms, chiropractic therapy focuses on the underlying causes of the condition to help patients achieve long term relief. This doesn’t have to mean an adjustment or CRACK! While that will be a good option for some sufferers it isn’t the right course of treatment for everyone and your chiropractor will discuss the options with you and provide treatment and benefits that suit your needs.

Benefits of chiropractic care

One of the primary benefits of chiropractic care of arthritis is that it is non-invasive and drug-free. This means that patients can avoid the negative side effects associated with long term medication use, such as organ damage. Instead chiropractic care relies in manual manipulation, soft tissue massage, and other natural techniques to help the body recover.

Other benefits

Other benefits of chiropractic for arthritis is it can help improve joint mobility, flexibility and posture. Your chiropractor can use manual manipulation and stretching exercises to loosen up stiff inflamed joint, improving their range of motion. This can help provide pain relief, increase mobility and improve overall quality of life for arthritis sufferers.

In addition to joint manipulation, chiropractic care for arthritis can also involve massage therapy, nutritional advise or a home exercise program amongst other things. Some example of how this works are

  • Massage therapy – by reducing muscle tension and promoting relaxation, massage can help ease arthritis pain and improve range of motion. We routinely use massage as part of our chiropractic treatments at Hands On Health Care
  • Nutritional advice – can help identify foods that may be triggering inflammation in the body and driving arthritic pain levels. Your Chiropractor can recommend dietary changes.
  • Dry needling – using acupuncture needles to help with muscle release. Dry needling is also routinely used in chiropractic treatments at Hands On Health Care.
  • Light laser – or photobiomodulation is great for reducing pain and inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers find this treatment modality particularly helpful.
  • Manipulation – of the spine or joints doesn’t have to be the traditional chiropractic “crack” At Hands On Health Care we understand that isn’t the best practice for every patient and are trained in providing gentle mobility techniques that may be more suited to your care.
Chiropractic care for arthritis

Overall chiropractic care for arthritis is an effective, drug-free alternative for people of all ages. Improve your quality of life today with Chiropractic. Book here

 


September 25, 2023
Georgina Smith