Chiropractic Treatment Can Provide Relief for RA
By Stephen R. Farris
Do you ever feel like you've been run over by a Mack truck? Does that feeling last more than a few days, or into the next week? Month? Maybe you feel stiffness in your joints more often as you get older, or unexplained redness in or around the area of your joints. With the unexplained redness, there seems to be tenderness in that same area.
This could be an early warning sign that you might be developing rheumatoid arthritis, often referred to as RA.
RA is a chronic condition that causes increased inflammation in the joints, with symptoms of redness, swelling, and tenderness. RA can happen to anyone, but according to research, it usually occurs more in women than men. The majority of RA cases fall into the 30 to 50 age range.
People who develop RA tend to be more fatigue and usually find it difficult to accomplish simple tasks like they used to. They usually find it more difficult to get out of bed and go about their day because their joints feel too stiff.
Other symptoms of RA may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
- Nerve, and/or, skin damage
- Hard lumps under the skin, mainly in the elbows and hands
- Dry eyes and dry mouth, related to Sjogren's syndrome
People with RA may develop a helpless feeling due to the fact they don't have the range of motion they had been used to, but there is a way they can get relief from the pain they feel, in order to get through the day and live as normal as possible.
A visit to the local chiropractor can be a sigh of relief, both mentally and physically. Chiropractic care and treatment is often used by people with RA and other chronic health conditions. With chiropractic treatment, clients with RA can get temporary relief through an all-natural, non-invasive, non-addictive, gentle hands-on procedure that doesn't involve drugs. Doctors of chiropractic use what is called chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic adjustment involves reducing joint restrictions and misalignments in the spine, and other joints throughout the body to reduce inflammation in order to improve function in the joints and nervous system. Some of the benefits you might receive after a chiropractic adjustment are:
- A reduction in joint pain and discomfort
- Improved flexibility
- Reduction of inflammation
- Better range of motion
- An increase in activity and overall lifestyle
It's important, especially if you're suffering from RA or other arthritis conditions, to visit your local chiropractor, such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic, on a regular basis. Just like you would visit your primary care physician for regular checkups.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Melbourne, Fla.