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Although arthritis and osteoarthritis can affect you at any age, many older people are susceptible to the condition as their joints and bones become weaker. However, although arthritis and conditions like it are natural to the aging process, this does not mean that you should fail to find a suitable treatment option.
Chiropractic treatment can help to support your pain and reduce the effect of this on your daily life through hands-on techniques and natural healing. Here, we will discuss arthritis and chiropractic and how we can help to lessen the arthritis pain you may experience.
Common Arthritis Symptoms
Arthritis and osteoarthritis are extremely common in adults over 55, with 40 million Americans having the condition. However, arthritis is actually the term for over 200 medical conditions of a similar variety that affect the joints. The common forms of arthritis include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Most arthritic conditions have the same type of symptoms, however, with many causing chronic pain around the joints on an almost constant basis, especially at night or when used often. They are also likely to cause swelling around the joints, disabling the sufferer’s ability to move their joints easily, and this may cause noticeable redness. Your joints may also be stiff, especially during the morning, although this often wears off after 30 minutes.
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Other conditions such as lupus may target different areas of your body, such as your organs and your symptoms for conditions like these may be widespread throughout your body. In most cases though, your arthritis is likely to be in your hands, wrists, elbows, knees, feet, and ankles, where the most vulnerable joints are.
There are also other side effects of arthritis, and these include a high temperature, sweating, fatigue, a poor appetite, and chest pain if your organs are affected by arthritis.
Causes of Arthritis
Arthritis occurs when the cartilage in your joints wears, leading to increased friction between your bones as you move. In rheumatoid arthritis, this is caused by an auto-immune condition where the antibodies in your body are sent to your joints and attack them, rather than bacteria and other negative substances, reducing the lining. This has the potential to destroy your joints completely. You may be more likely to get this type of arthritis through your genes, and it is more likely in women due to the hormone estrogen.
Although arthritis can happen to anyone as they age, there are certain risk factors that you need to be aware of. For instance, you are more likely to get arthritis if you perform a manual job such as a builder or cleaner, and if your job includes repetitive actions such as lifting. You are also at risk if you play sports or if you have had a past injury as this can allow the cartilage to wear more quickly. You are also at a higher risk if you get an infection in your joints, which can start arthritis, or if you are overweight, which can put pressure on your joints and cause them to wear. There is also some research to suggest that there is a connection between arthritis and smoking and arthritis and high blood pressure.
Chiropractic and Arthritis Pain
Chiropractic care can help with arthritis by using a hands-on method to reduce the pressure on the joints of your body and promote your body’s self-healing processes. This technique can not only help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, but it can help you to cope with the pain through promoting your body’s ability to heal itself and reducing its sensitivity to pain.
With a personalized plan from our expert team here at SnapCrack, chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on the nervous system and enhance circulation too, leading to natural pain management and a reduction in pain. An arthritis chiropractor can also reduce negative and degenerative changes to the joints which may make your arthritis worse, and help to reduce the swelling that erodes your joints and bones. This type of care can help to reduce the advancement of these changes through its ability to increase the body’s natural healing processes.
If you want to see if a chiropractor can help with arthritis pain, you can walk into a SnapCrack location to manage your arthritis in a relaxing and friendly environment, complete with a no-appointment basis. This means that you can find pain relief whenever you need it, with multiple services such as The Crack, The Drop, and The Click. Just walk into a SnapCrack location nearest to you today to find out what chiropractic care can do for you.
Although arthritis can be a natural part of aging, there is no reason why you should suffer without treatment. If you are experiencing arthritis, our unique chiropractic care can help you to live your daily life to the fullest through its natural healing methods.
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