Though incredibly common, arthritis is a misunderstood disease. Arthritis is defined as an inflammation in one or more joints, which can cause stiffness, discomfort, and pain throughout the joints and body. Common symptoms include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and decreased range of motion - all of which typically worsen with age. But what exactly is arthritis, and can chiropractic help?
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is, in actuality, not a single disease. There are well over 100 different types and severities of arthritis and over 50 million people are affected by it, making it the number one cause of disability in the United States. That sounds overwhelming, but to make things a bit simpler, there are two main types that respond well to chiropractic care.
1. Rheumatoid Arthritis: a chronic inflammatory disorder in the joints
2. Osteoarthritis: a degenerative disorder that affects flexibly joint cartilage
For both of these types of arthritis, a combination of self-care and chiropractic care can be your first life of defense to relieve pain and manage discomfort.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
For those seeking a natural, safe, and non-invasive alternative to prescription drugs, chiropractic care is an excellent option. Our team at Williamsburg Chiropractic will provide you with gentle, non-addictive therapies, particularly chiropractic adjustments. Adjustments reduce misalignments and joint restrictions in the spine and body. The goal is to reduce inflammation and improve the function of the affected joints and nervous system. By increasing the joint's mobility and improving overall nervous system function and spinal health, your body will have a better opportunity to manage the symptoms caused by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Arthritis patients have experienced:
- Decreased inflammation
- Reduced discomfort and pain
- Improved flexibility
- Increased range of motion
If you would like to see if chiropractic can help with your symptoms, give us a call for a consultation. Our team will work to treat the root of the issue, and get you on the path to health!