Do you wake up in the morning feeling stiff? Are the muscles in your knees a little weak? When you walk or climb up and down the stairs, do you hear cracking sounds? Have you received an arthritis diagnosis?
The term arthritis refers to an inflammation of the joints. It is a chronic pain disease, affecting millions of Americans. People of all ages (as seen on x-rays of those under age twenty) suffer with pain and are desperately seeking arthritis relief.
Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are the most common types of arthritis. In fact, according to reports, 40 million Americans suffer with osteoporosis alone.
There are many causes or factors that lead to an arthritis diagnosis:
Decreased nerve function
Lack of exercise
Wear and tear of the joint
It is vital to identify the cause or causes of arthritis, in order to have arthritis pain relief. This includes a complete health history, discussion of symptoms and a structural and muscular examination. An arthritis treatment program is based upon a patient’s age, build, general health and level of pain. By integrating chiropractic care, massage therapy and/or nutritional counseling, patients find arthritis relief. Often, inflammation is reduced, movement of the joint improves, painful muscle spasms relax and weakened muscles become stronger.
Chiropractors are able to provide physical manipulation that allows joints to be directly adjusted. This helps to reduce stiffness and pain, as well as to increase range-of-motion. In addition to a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation, spinal decompression, trigger point therapy, massage (increases circulation and flexibility), heat therapy (increases blood flow and relaxes muscles) and cold therapy (reduces pain and swelling) may be utilized.
Additional arthritis treatment options include rehabilitation exercises and stretching (reduces joint pain and stiffness and increases flexibility, muscle strength and endurance), assistive devices and orthotics, therapeutic massage and nutritional support.
Are you looking for an arthritis cure or reduction of pain? There is help and hope for those suffering with arthritis. It is vital to listen to your body and know your limits. If needed, modifications at home and in the work areas are recommended – such as maintaining proper posture at the computer, as well as when lifting, bending and carrying objects. If you experience pain, please stop and rest. If necessary, seek medical care.
“I feel better both mentally and physically. I can do many things, which I was once unable to do. The combination of chiropractic, diet and exercise, all have contributed to my increase of health.” - C.E.