Chiropractic Care for Arthritis

Over 54 million adults in the United States have arthritis. People of all ages, sexes, and races can develop arthritis. Early signs include pain right at the knee, hip, or spinal joint and swelling around it. You may also experience discomfort or stiffness in the morning, which can last for at least an hour. Others deal with a reduced range of motion.

Medications usually treat the symptoms instead of the root cause of the problem. Are you done with merely dulling the pain with drugs? Here are a few ways chiropractic care can help with your arthritis:

 

 

  • It Alleviates Arthritic Pain. Chiropractic medicine is a safe and effective approach to treating many types of pain. While physicians generally focus on the area that’s in pain, a chiropractic practitioner will look at the body as a whole. This way, they can fully assess and identify what’s causing the discomfort. Most pains are due to subluxations or misalignments. Your chiropractor will perform adjustments to realign your spine properly. This process will let your spinal nerves communicate with your brain properly. This is crucial in providing balance in the chemical productions that play a role in transmitting pain signals. This, in turn, reduces how your body communicates pain, helping you experience natural relief from the discomfort.

 

  • It Reduces Muscle Tension. Misalignment in your spine can cause joint inflammation, which prompts your muscles to hold pressure. If you’re living with arthritis, you know very well how muscle tension can cause weakness and discomfort. If one or more of your joints are in a lot of pain, you may move differently. The pain and stress associated with being in a lot of pain exacerbate the discomfort. As a result, your rigid muscles may start pulling on your joints and cause more pain, creating a vicious cycle. Your chiropractor can break this pattern by performing manual manipulation to align your spine properly. This will help release pressure that has built up and prevent or diminish a full-blown flare.

 

  • It Helps Improve Range of Motion. If you have arthritis, you must find it difficult to achieve a full range of motion in your affected joints. This occurs due to the pain, inflammation, and stiffness you feel. But refusing to move your affected joints at all will only create a vicious cycle that eventually results in more pain and stiffness. Besides spinal adjustments, your chiropractor will introduce exercise routines to increase your strength and flexibility. Exercise can also improve your overall health and fitness without hurting your joints. It can help improve your balance, control your weight, and give you more energy to get through the day.

 

 

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. But you don’t have to suffer from a lot of pain for the rest of your life. At Charleston Chiropractic Associates, we can help enhance your quality of life. Call our office today in Charleston, South Carolina, at (843) 225-4357 to schedule your consultation.

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