Chiropractic Care and Arthritis

Arthritis is a word commonly mentioned by senior citizens because they have it and they don’t like it. The “arth” part means joint, while the “itis” means inflammation of; so arthritis is the inflammation of a joint in the body. Inflammation makes the joint swell. It gets red and hot. That swelling creates pressure, which then creates pain. If ignored, the joint may suffer permanent damage. The sooner someone can alleviate the inflammation the better. Otherwise, a chain of events inside your body occurs whereas you end up aching something awful.

“My joints hurt,” is something a person with arthritis typically says. When you’re experiencing joint pain, what can be done to feel better? A visit to the chiropractor often helps people suffering from arthritic joint pain.

Did you know chiropractors have dozens of techniques they can use to manually adjust your spine, joints and muscles with varying degrees of force? From exercises to traction, chiropractors take good care to stretch people’s “inner parts” in smart ways so the person ultimately feels better. It’s a “hands-on” method that helps a person with arthritis get some relief from their pain while also extending their range-of-motion.

Chiropractic thinking goes like this: if the structure of something is “off,” then it cannot work well for a person. Therefore, a chiropractor’s job is to set the arthritic joint right so it can function properly– or the area around it, which can also help. Chiropractors may employ ultrasound for its massaging effects to reduce swelling and pain, as well as electrotherapy, which involves painless little electric pulses that stimulate nerves and muscles in a good way.

Ideally, a chiropractor aims to help take a person with arthritis down from a 10 on the 1-to-10 pain scale to something lower. So, for some people, their pain might go from a 10 to a 6; others might go from an 8 to a 3. A chiropractor’s goal is to help those with arthritis feel better over time, naturally.

If you have– or think you have– arthritis, visit New City Chiropractic Center in order to feel better and reduce your inflammation/joint pain. For an appointment, call 845-634-8877.