Chiropractic Care for Arthritis Relief
Years ago, rheumatoid arthritis patients were never told by medical practitioners to go for a swim or go for a hike. Arthritis was regarded as an inherent part of the process of ageing, as well as a signal to patients that it is time to slow down. Recent studies and clinical findings, however, reveal that there’s much more to life for patients suffering from arthritis than the usual recommendation of drug therapy and bed rest.
RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a long-term autoimmune disorder that mainly affects your joints. Rheumatic diseases include over 100 conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and gout. Although it often starts in middle age, and it’s more prevalent in the older generation, children and young people can suffer from rheumatoid arthritis as well. RA causes stiffness, swelling, pain as well as loss of function in your joints.
How Chiropractors Help Arthritis Patients
Chiropractors use more than 150 techniques to manually adjust your spine, muscles and joints using varying degrees of force. While athletes with lower back pain can benefit from high-velocity spinal adjustments, the chiropractic care you receive will be specific to your needs. Your chiropractor may manipulate your soft tissue gently to stop muscle spasms (a sudden involuntary contraction of your muscles) and help to relieve tenderness.
Alternatively, your chiropractor may use traction or active exercises to gently stretch your joints plus increase your ROM (range of motion), which is the angular or linear distance that a moving object usually travels while accurately attached to another. If you have neck or back pain due to osteoarthritis chiropractic has been shown to be among the safest therapies that you can use.
Chiropractors Do More Than Adjustments
Chiropractors offer you several adjunctive therapies that will help if you are suffering from arthritis:
• Cold Laser or Low-level Laser – The technique uses a low-power (low-level) lasers or LEDs (light-emitting diodes) that penetrates deep into your tissues and reduce inflammation.
• Dry needling – This is the use thin sterile needles as a treatment to relieve triggerpoints in the muscle & histamine around the joints . This can be very effective
• Ultrasound – You can think of it as imaging technology; when ultrasound is applied to your joints and soft tissues, sound waves end up producing a massaging effect that decreases swelling and lessens pain and stiffness.
• Taping – Can give joints & muscles more support & well as reduce subcutaneous inflammationTypically, treating the surrounding tissues will significantly reduce overall pain. For instance, if you have a flare up in your knee that cause you to walk awkwardly, this may result in secondary pain syndrome in your lower back. Your chiropractor will adjust your pelvis and reduce overall pain by four to five units on the one-to-ten pain scale, making your daily living activities easier.
If you are suffering from arthritis and looking for a local Chiropractor contact the caring and experienced team at Chatfield Chiropractic in Sunbury & Roxburgh Park . We can offer you the aforementioned adjunctive therapies or help you in planning an exercise program that will do the following:
• Increases your strength and muscle tone.
• Improve your endurance and flexibility.
• Help you in restoring the lost ROM to your joints.
• Also, we can give you supplementation and nutrition advice that is helpful in controlling as well as reducing joint inflammation.