Arthritis is often a confusing condition for patients, in part because of its many names, but also because of the sheer number of variations there are.
When some people hear this word they contemplate a future with crippled and twisted joints. However “arthritis” is an all-inclusive word that comprises many different conditions from the benign to the severe. For our purposes we will limit this analysis to the most common form: Osteo-arthritis.
If you have one of the many other forms of arthritis (such as gout, rheumatoid, psoriatic or ankylosing spondylitis), feel free to call and arrange a chat and see if we can help you.
Unfortunately, one of the common symptoms of all types of arthritis is pain. As a result, individuals with arthritis often seek out chiropractors for natural arthritic pain relief.
Considering that the medical community struggles to treat arthritis pain, it isn’t surprising that people are turning to alternative medical procedures.
In fact, in the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, a recent study reported that an astounding 63% of patients seeing a rheumatologist for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia, sought out some type of alternative medicine.
Of these individuals, a full 31% visited a chiropractor, making chiropractic therapy the most popular alternative arthritic pain relief therapy used. More importantly, 73% of the individuals with arthritis that did seek a chiropractor’s help found chiropractic therapy helpful.
While there is no cure for arthritis, people who suffer from arthritis, in particular osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), often possess joints that are “locked up” due to cartilage breakdown.
The resulting pain occurs when the exposed joint irritates the joint nerves. These irritated nerves may prevent a person from healing in an effective manner.
Specific chiropractic techniques can help relieve pain from arthritis by safely correcting the irritated joints.
Also, these regular adjustments can help keep arthritic individuals more mobile and in turn, these manipulations can reduce everyday stresses that can cause discomfort in the future.
Here at Taunton Chiropractors Centre, chiropractors utilize a combination of manipulation and other techniques to help provide natural arthritis pain relief.
These additional therapies can include: nutritional advice (to help with pain and inflammation), exercise therapy (to aid with strength and flexibility), soft tissue therapy (to obtain healthier muscle mass), and medical acupuncture (to help with pain management).
Chiropractors may also offer suggestions for specialized stretches at home. These home treatments can include suggestions for more appropriate pillows and/or mattresses, specific furniture modifications, and hot/cold treatments on affected areas.