How a Chiropractor Can Help with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Anyone who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can tell you that the condition is not only painful but causes a loss of mobility and can greatly impact their day-to-day life. A chiropractor can help with rheumatoid arthritis by developing a treatment plan to reduce the pain and inflammation and just as importantly improve and maintain range of motion and physical strength.
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to help patients with arthritis, including spinal manipulation, massage therapy, dietary changes, and exercise therapy. Chiropractors may also recommend corrective exercises to strengthen muscles around joints to better balance the stress on those joints.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of mobility. It is an autoimmune disorder, which means that the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue and joints. The immune system usually protects the body from infection by identifying and attacking foreign substances like bacteria or viruses. In people with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, this process goes wrong.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the world, affecting more than 50 million people in the United States alone. The symptoms and severity of rheumatoid arthritis can vary from person to person, and include joint pain, stiffness, fatigue, and even sometimes deformities in the joints.
Chiropractic care is beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers in many ways.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug free and non-invasive: Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-invasive alternative treatment option. It can be safely performed even if you are receiving treatment from other medical professionals such as a rheumatologist.
Individualized treatment plan: A chiropractor tailors treatment specifically to your body’s individual needs for healing. Chiropractic treatment for arthritis sufferers utilizes gentle techniques designed to provide relief not more pain. We want you to feel better when leaving our office not worse.
Reducing pain and inflammation and restoring mobility is a chiropractor’s area of expertise. At its core Chiropractic is about promoting optimal function of the central nervous system and promoting proper alignment and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system for better health. This means our focus is always reducing inflammation and pain so the body can heal, and our patients can feel healthy, strong, and pain-free.
Comprehensive, overall health and healing plan. Chiropractors believe in and promote the body’s innate, natural ability to heal. We don’t just recommend chiropractic adjustments. We work closely with our patients to recommend lifestyle and dietary changes to eliminate detrimental habits, improve their weight, reduce inflammation, and support the body with the proper nutrition it needs to function optimally.
Corrective exercise plans. Whether it’s from injury or disease a chiropractor can recommend specific exercises tailored to increase strength in certain areas of the body that reduce the strain and stress on joints and muscles in problem areas. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, improving other strength in supporting areas of the body also helps reduce the occurrences of inflammation and pain.
Chiropractic is not a cure for any autoimmune disease, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but it can and does help patients with the condition address the symptoms and live a more pain-free and mobile life. That’s a chiropractor’s goal to help people achieve better health and live a pain-free life naturally.
RA patients are welcomed at Dutchess Braincore and Wellness Center. We have experience working with rheumatoid arthritis patients to help them get the relief from the pain they need and to improve their mobility so they can get back to living a fuller life. Give us a call to schedule your appointment, we would love to help you too.
Dr. William McKenna
Dr.William McKenna has been a Chiropractor for over 20 years in Westchester and Dutchess County, helping his patients to achieve greater health and live more active lifestyles. He is the founder of McKenna Family Chiropractic located in Pelham, NY, and Dutchess Braincore Therapy and Wellness Center located in Hopewell Junction, NY. He graduated from Life University in 1999 and has been advocating for better health, naturally, since. Dr. Will believes a smile is the first step in healing and building valued relationships with his patients. Book Appointment
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