Can Chiropractic Offer Relief from Arthritis?
Updated: Sep 6, 2021
Several variations of arthritis exist, and each type affects individuals in different ways and with different levels of severity. The general symptoms of arthritis include swelling pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion in the affected areas.
Each type of arthritis manifests itself differently and each is caused by a different factor. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and its main cause is aging. As people get older, their joints are subject to more wear and tear, and this can cause painful degenerative arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are types of inflammatory arthritis that are also incredibly common. They come about from inflammation in particular joints and the tissues that surround them.
No matter the type of arthritis, the pain usually comes from a decrease in joint tissues and fluids, leading to friction between the bones. Several factors contribute to the likelihood of having or getting arthritis, such as being overweight or obese, being inactive, having a poor diet, taking certain medications, dealing with hormonal changes, or experiencing joint instability or other trauma. Poor immune health also plays a role in arthritis, as do spinal misalignments.
How Can a Chiropractor Help with Arthritis?
The main issue with arthritis is a lack of lubrication and cushion around the joints. Your body likely stopped taking care of your joints because of a miscommunication between the central nervous system and the rest of your body functions. These miscommunications occur when a nerve interference in the spinal cord stops messages from the brain from reaching the body’s other systems.
A misalignment in the spine, which a Franklin chiropractor can remove, leads to these nerve interferences and body system miscommunications. When your spine is properly aligned, messages can effectively travel throughout the entire central and peripheral nervous system, leading to more proper function and optimal health.
Chiropractic Has Helped Others Living with Arthritis—It Can Help You Too!
A middle-aged woman had been living with rheumatoid arthritis for seven years. Her pain was a 9 out of 10 in her hands and fingers, and she had severe swelling in multiple joints. After beginning chiropractic care, she experienced several improvements, including a reduction of pain to a 1 out of 10. Before beginning care, she could not walk or stand for long periods of time without extreme pain, but after she received chiropractic adjustments, she was able to walk up and down stairs, exercise, and dance without any pain. A 70-year-old woman also experienced relief from arthritis pain after undergoing chiropractic care. She had osteoarthritis in her hip and had been experiencing pain for a year. She had also fallen twice in five years. She was under chiropractic care for 12 weeks and at the end of it, she reported less pain, better balance, and improved range of motion.
If you are living with arthritis pain and are looking for a long-term, drug-free solution, get in touch with Franklin chiropractor Dr. Devan Arman. He and his team at Unity Chiropractic would love to help you achieve less pain, better health, and an improved quality of life.
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