Chiropractic Care for Joint Inflammation
By Sara Butler
Your body has many sorts of joints. There are gliding joints, saddle joints, ball and socket joints, and hinge joints -- oh my! These complex structures make it possible for your entire body to work together, which is why joint pain can be an issue that really throws you and your body for a loop. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see patients with this type of joint pain regularly. They've found that one of the biggest culprits of joint pain is inflammation. Here's how you and your chiropractor can work together to help keep inflammation, and the joint pain it causes, at bay.
Joint Inflammation: What You Should Know
Inflammation is an immune system response. When you're injured, your body jumps into protective mode, triggering inflammation to help aid in healing. But there are times when existing inflammation only leads to even additional inflammation and those are not good situations.
A very common form of joint inflammation is something you've heard of -- arthritis. Most people know someone who has arthritis if they don't have it themselves. The two main types of arthritis are:
- Osteoarthritis - This is the result of wear and tear on the joints over time or due to injury, aging, or overuse
- Rheumatoid arthritis - This is an immune system issue that causes joint inflammation
Talk to your chiropractor about what may be causing your joint pain. Then you can work together to help find a solution to bring you some relief.
Food and Joint Inflammation
There are some foods that actually trigger inflammation or make existing inflammation worse. If you have joint inflammation, then you may want to try to refrain from including certain foods in your diet. The main culprits to avoid include:
- Trans fats
- Processed sugars
- Refined flour
There are some eating plans that have been shown to reduce inflammation. Talk to your chiropractor about any dietary changes you may need to make to help control your joint inflammation.
How Chiropractic Can Help
The chiropractic team at The Joint uses hands-on chiropractic adjustments to help ease inflammation and treat the root cause of the joint pain you're experiencing. They may also suggest light stretches or exercises that can help build strength and flexibility in the joint along with heat or ice therapy to further reduce inflammation.
Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic about joint inflammation today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.