What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is common among Americans, especially as we age. Arthritis occurs when there is inflammation of the joints, which can cause pain, discomfort, and stiffness. Common symptoms of arthritis include swelling, joint pain, and stiffness, as well as a decreased range of motion. Although arthritis typically worsens with age, it is never normal.
Arthritis is not just one disease but is an “umbrella” term that includes many different types and severities of the disease. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. There are two main subcategories of Arthritis that respond very well to chiropractic care:
Osteoarthritis – A degenerative “wear and tear” disorder affecting the joints of your body. In the spine, this is typically due to a misaligned spinal bone that is not moving properly, commonly known as Vertebral Subluxation.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – A chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder in joints. The immune system is controlled and regulated by the brain through the central nervous system. Any disruption in the transmission of vital nerve information over the nervous system can cause the immune system to malfunction. The most common spinal cause of interference to the nervous system is called Vertebral Subluxation.
In both cases, self-care combined with non-invasive, non-addictive chiropractic care, should serve as your first line of defense to manage this condition.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Arthritis?
Chiropractic care is designed to locate and correct spinal misalignments that are interfering with the proper function of the nervous system (i.e., Vertebral Subluxation). Routine chiropractic care provides arthritis patients with a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription opioids or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain.
Chiropractors deliver a gentle procedure known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce spinal joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine to reduce inflammation and improve the function of both the affected spinal joints and nervous system. By increasing spinal joint mobility and improving your nervous system function, your body can manage itself better and can help reduce the symptoms caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic care can provide to arthritis patients:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased activity and lifestyle
To see if chiropractic care is right for you, Dr. Auger will perform a consultation, examination, and if necessary, take x-rays on site. Based on the findings of your chiropractic examination, Dr. Auger will be able to determine if Vertebral Subluxations exist in your spine. If you have this condition, then we can help improve the quality of your life!
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.