There are many types of arthritis; osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are among the most common. Whichever type you may have, and wherever you are on the spectrum in terms of arthritic development, you can most likely benefit from chiropractic care.
But first, a bit about what arthritis is.
With OA, the cartilage between the joints becomes worn down enough that bone may touch bone during movement. Also, the joints may not glide smoothly due to a lack of synovial fluid. This quickly causes an inflammatory reaction that produces swelling of the joints and becomes quite painful. The joint responds by laying down more bone, resulting in narrower space around the joint and restricted mobility. OA is more mechanically induced, but it can also run in families. RA, meanwhile, is an autoimmune-mediated condition whereby the body’s own immune system attacks the joint tissues, leading to a breakdown in the cartilage and fluid that aids in normal movement.
When most people think of chiropractic, they automatically recall the cracks and pops they’ve either heard about or have experienced themselves. But arthritis is painful, so special care must be taken into consideration for the type of adjustment, if one is to be given. We believe that chiropractic is one of the best ways to preserve mobility and reduce discomfort in painful joints—all it takes is some finesse through low force techniques and possibly the use of small instruments. Many times, a doc can look at the overall mechanics of the entire body, and deliver an adjustment to a compensating area and the body will be able to adjust enough to provide relief in the primary area of complaint.
Inevitably arthritis may become so severe and painful that chiropractic treatments may not be able to provide lasting results. However, regular chiropractic care can deliver long term relief to patients who seek treatment early in the diagnosis phase.
Know what else is a super effective way to manage the pain and inflammation of arthritis? Infrared sauna! We are excited to now offer Sunlighten’s infrared sauna in our Plano chiropractic office—it’s even more soothing for your joints than a warm bath.
Rest, relax, and rejuvenate!