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Can Chiropractic help with Arthritis?

If you have ever had a back or neck injury then it is likely you have considered seeing a Chiropractor. But what about for pain or joint restriction from arthritis? Arthritis happens when our joints loose synovial fluid, decreasing the joint space and the joint cartilage starts to wear. It can facilitate excess bone growth called bone spurs and restrict movement in the joint. While the perception of Chiropractic is we adjust misaligned joints we actually look for joints that are restricted or not moving in their full range of motion. We then create a specific force (adjustment) to restore the function of the joint. This can help ease stiffness associated with arthritis and improve movement.

Chiropractic is a fantastic non-invasive, non-medicated way to reduce back and neck pain. It is not just about adjusting, in fact, we often treat patients without adjusting them. Your Chiropractor at Hands On Health will provide you with treatment specific to your condition. She may just manipulate the soft tissues to stop spasm and relieve tenderness. Or she may use dry needles or the low-level light laser if you are too inflamed to adjust. Your treatment may consist of the use of traction or active exercises instead of adjustments. All our Chiropractors are trained to do plenty of muscle release work, use a low-level light laser to reduce inflammation, prescribe exercises and much more.

What to expect.

Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure and function. Your Chiropractor will do a thorough history and assessment, plus potentially send you for X-rays, to determine the right course of treatment for you.  Chiropractic will not cure your arthritis but greatly improve the function of the joints. You can not rely on Chiropractic alone, exercising also improves your treatment outcomes. While initially, you may need a few treatments close together, arthritis care consists of ongoing maintenance for joint function. Most patients will experience pain relief and improved function within 5 visits

Looking to help yourself in the meantime?

Try working on basic range of motion and stretching. Turn your head slowly left the right ten times. Look up and down ten times and then tilt side to side ten times. All movements should be done in a slow and controlled manner not forcing your spine into pain. The more often you do these exercises the better your range of motion will be.

You can do the same for your lower back. Bend slowly forward as if to touch your toes, then come back up and extend slightly. Try going side to side. Keep your pelvis facing forward and shift your upper trunk so you look over your shoulder. If you experience pain on any of these movements see you health care provider.

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February 16, 2021
Georgina Smith