We all know someone who is affected by arthritis or we suffer from it ourselves or we hope we don’t get the same genetics as our parents. What most people do not know about arthritis or osteoarthritis is that it is not genetic. It is most commonly attributed to lifestyle decisions, repetitive stress at work, poor posture or lack of mobility of the joints. You know the saying, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”
Chiropractic may be effective at alleviating pain and preventing further degeneration when someone has osteoarthritis by maintaining joint mobility. If one area of the body in not functioning well, other parts begin to work harder to make up for the lack of function. Chiropractic’s job is to ensure the other joints stay healthy and the degeneration does not worsen.
A 2010 US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health case study found that a 70-year old patient, over the course of 12 weeks of chiropractic care focused on hip and low back pain had increased range of motion, improved balance and gait speed, and decreased disability. A Canadian study in 2013 found that, “the effects of manipulation-induced joint mobility include reduction of pain, reduction of muscle hyperactivity… and, overall, an increase in joint mobility.”
If joints degenerate in the spine it has a negative effect on the nervous system, as well as causing pain in the extremities, like sciatica. When someone has osteoarthritis and only takes pain management medication it gets progressively worse and starts to narrow the intervertebral foramen (the hole where the nerve comes out in-between your vertebrae). The worse osteoarthritis gets the more it effects and puts pressure on the nerves. These nerves comes out from the spine and control and coordinate the function of every cell, tissue, muscle, and organ in the body.
That’s the most important thing to understand with the spine. Arthritis in the spine, if left alone to continue to degenerate, will end up effecting the rest of your body and its functions because of the pressure it will put on your nerves.
Here are some useful vitamins and minerals that can be beneficial to help maintain and prevent the effects of arthritis:
Glucosamine: may help with osteoarthritis pain and protect cartilage from deteriorating, while improving joint mobility.
Chondroitin Sulfate: can help slow down osteoarthritis progression and may lower arthritis pain and inflammation.
Ginger Root: either fresh or dried, is known to improve joint pain and reduce inflammation for people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
If you or someone you know is dealing with osteoarthritis, consider how much chiropractic care may help with arthritis pain, as well as restoring function and proper movement to the joints in the body. For anyone suffering from osteoarthritis, there is a clear choice to continue taking pain medication and watch your body get progressively worse, or try chiropractic care which has been effective for patients. The Journal of the American Medical Association has recently endorsed chiropractic care and other health care treatments before the use of medication or surgery.
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