Chiropractic Treatment for Arthritis
Chiropractic care is all about restoring the health of your spine and other joints in your body. If you have arthritis, and your condition is creating range of motion injuries in the head, neck, shoulders, hip and spine, chiropractic treatment for arthritis can definitely help.
Arthritis is joint inflammation, and the continued swelling over time damages the joints. While no one can cure arthritis, it can certainly be helped by chiropractic care. When joints swell and become deformed and damaged, the joints become misaligned. They just don’t work like they should. For example, arthritis in the spine can cause vertebrae to misalign. When the vertebrae are “stuck” for more than seven days, small tears occur in the spinal discs. Over time, the tears can become larger, and the disc begins to break down.
Chiropractic treatment for arthritis can restore your joint to proper alignment and function, and that reduces the inflammation that is causing the arthritis in the first place. We suggest regular visits for arthritis patients. Most of our patients see improvement in four to ten visits.
During your visit, we will perform a chiropractic adjustment, meaning a manual manipulation of the spinal vertebrae. We use specific movements to improve your range of motion in the joint, and to reduce nerve irritation which is causing you pain.
We might also recommend other treatments like massage therapy and myofascial therapy for soft tissue problems involving muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many of these hands-on therapies are designed to break up scar tissue and improve blood flow and tissue elasticity. We may even recommend specific stretches for improved flexibility and strengthening exercises to improve stability of a joint.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Arthritis
Rarely do we see an arthritis patient who cannot be helped by chiropractic care. Individuals with greatly restricted range-of-motion due to arthritis do experience fairly dramatic results from chiropractic treatment for arthritis–reduced pain, improved flexibility, and better range of motion.
Just remember that we use gentle manipulations to relieve joint tenderness, to slowly stretch your joints and to increase your range of motion. As chiropractors, we focus on the relationship between structure and function—the better your spinal structure is, the better you will function.
If your joint structure isn’t right, the joint won’t work as it was designed to. Chiropractors have great success restoring function to arthritic joints.