Can Chiropractors help with Arthritis Pain?
When you have back or neck pain, one of the natural thoughts is to visit your chiropractor. Regardless of the etiology of your pain, chiropractors can make gentle adjustments and manipulations in your spine to reduce pain and improve mobility in your neck and back. However, have you ever thought of visiting your chiropractor for arthritis pain? Is it possible that some of the techniques used to ameliorate back and neck pain may also be effective for joint pain?
Indeed, chiropractors are front-line health professionals with the skills and expertise to comprehensively evaluate your whole body and provide safe and effective treatment for a wide range of conditions including arthritis.
The chiropractors at Lonsdale Wellness take a natural and holistic approach to helping their clients manage chronic and acute pain. The highly trained chiropractors on our team employ a wide variety of techniques to gently and effectively address arthritis pain. Ultimately, through comprehensive evaluation of your joints and structures as well as daily activities and their effects on your body, our chiropractic team develops a treatment approach that is specific to your unique needs and physical condition. They employ a variety of techniques including manual therapy independently or in combination to improve joint mobility and reduce pain and tenderness. But how is this achieved?
Well, according to chiropractors, the approach is relatively simple – though it requires a well-trained practitioner with advanced knowledge of anatomy as well as physiological and disease processes. When joint structures are misaligned or malfunctioning, people are certainly going to experience functional consequences. Whether that means it’s difficult to walk or hold a coffee cup, Lonsdale Wellness chiropractors listen to our clients to address their specific needs to restore optimal functioning.
Fortunately, chiropractic care is safe and natural – there are little to no side effects to these treatments. Moreover, our chiropractors are knowledgeable about the various forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and many other arthritic conditions. Certainly, during active inflammation special care and attention is required. Manual therapy may or may not be indicated depending on the current state of your arthritis; however, other therapies employed by chiropractors may also be considered. From ultra sound and electrotherapy to laser therapy and infrared sauna, there are a wide range of approaches that can sooth arthritic joints.
Additionally, chiropractors are trained to identify the impact of one joint on others. For example, a person with knee osteoarthritis may have exacerbation of their knee pain if the pelvis or spine is misaligned. So, while our chiropractors are unlikely to use manual therapy on an inflamed knee, adjustments in the pelvis or hips may help to alleviate the knee pain.
If you’re curious about whether the chiropractors at Lonsdale Wellness can help you manage your arthritis pain, contact our clinic today.