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How Chiropractic May Help Put Arthritis in Its Place

By Sandy Schroeder

If you, or someone in your family, faces arthritis, it may be frequently annoying, or completely devastating, depending on the seriousness of the situation. Too often, routines grind to a halt as life becomes a grim existence.

But before you give up, and resort to pain relievers to just get by, health experts say there may be better ways to change the outcome. Recent research and clinical findings suggest better answers than bed rest and pain medications, according to the American Chiropractic Association.

Arthritis, which is defined as joint inflammation, includes gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which affects two million Americans, according to ACA.

Chiropractic May Help

Reaching out for more help could begin with a visit to The Joint Chiropractic in your community.

Focusing on spinal health, licensed chiropractors seek to relieve pain and restore normal activities without pain medications or surgery. Using a spinal adjustment to correct misalignments, your chiropractor will be using spinal wellness to help you find ways to manage arthritis.

You may find using custom exercise plans restore some of the lost range of motion to joints, increasing flexibility and muscle strength. You may also find choosing a healthy diet, with supplements, can reduce joint inflammation.

ACA suggests arthritis patients carefully balance their approach, exercising (with rest included) when arthritis flares, and being more active during periods of remission.

ACA Guide to Exercises for Arthritis

  • Range of motion stretching routines, tai chi, yoga or dancing, may increase joint flexibility and ease daily movement.
  • Exercises to strengthen muscles to protect joints could be weight lifting or yoga poses that involve lifting body weight.   
  • Aerobics or endurance exercises like swimming, walking and biking are good for the heart, muscles, weight control and stress reduction.  Do 30 minutes, three times a week, if pain allows.

I have many relatives, who have struggled with arthitis, using chiropractic as a strong backup. Many of them kept right on working, traveled and enjoyed their families as they succeeded in putting chiropractic in its place. Using exercise, nutrition and ongoing chiropractic visits, they refused to give in to arthritis. 

Wherever you are in the world of arthritis, consider visiting The Joint Chiropractic, for assistance. The Joint has simplified everything, providing private, affordable health care in place of insurance, and offering flexible weekend and evening hours. Walk-in visits are welcome.

 

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