Arthritis and Chiropractic

 

What is Arthritis?

 

Arthritis is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling. Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the spine. The spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae, which are separated by soft, cushiony discs. Arthritis can affect both the vertebrae and the discs, leading to changes in the shape and function of the spine.

How does arthritis affect the spine?

Arthritis can affect the spine in several ways. One of the most common types of arthritis that affects the spine is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints begins to wear away. When this happens, the bones in the joints can rub against each other, leading to pain and stiffness in the lower back and neck commonly causing lower back pain and headaches.

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As osteoarthritis progresses, it can cause changes in the shape of the spine. For example, it can cause the vertebrae to become compressed or to shift out of alignment. This can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis, which is when the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the spinal cord or nerves. Spinal stenosis can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms or legs. Stay tuned for further blogs coming soon!

Are there other types of Arthritis?

 

Yes, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the joints. When it affects the spine, it can cause the vertebrae to fuse together, leading to a condition called ankylosing spondylitis. Ankylosing spondylitis can cause the spine to become rigid and inflexible, making it difficult to move.

In addition to affecting the shape of the spine, arthritis can also affect its function. The spine is responsible for supporting the weight of the body and protecting the spinal cord. When arthritis affects the spine, it can cause the muscles that support the spine to become weak. This can make it difficult to maintain good posture and can lead to an increased risk of falls.

Treatment for arthritis of the spine depends on the type and severity of the condition. Some treatments may include pain medications, physical therapy, and surgery. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly can help to manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. However chiropractic has been shown to be one of the very best ways to help with arthritic conditions in terms of both safety and efficacy.

 

How Can Chiropractic help with arthritis?

Chiropractic care for arthritis can include joint mobilization, soft tissue therapy, and spinal adjustments. These techniques aim to reduce pain and inflammation, improve joint mobility, and restore proper function to the affected areas. Studies have shown that chiropractic care can be effective in reducing pain and improving function in patients with arthritis, particularly in the neck and lower back

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment, is a technique in which a chiropractor uses their hands or a specialized instrument to apply controlled force to a joint in the spine. The goal of the adjustment is to improve joint mobility and reduce pain. Chiropractic adjustments are based on the theory that misalignments in the spine (called subluxations) can interfere with the body’s nervous system, causing pain and dysfunction.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Influence the Nervous System

The nervous system is responsible for controlling and coordinating all of the body’s functions, including movement, sensation, and organ function. When the nervous system is functioning properly, it can help the body heal and maintain optimal health. However, when there is interference in the nervous system, it can lead to pain, inflammation, and other health problems.

Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce nervous system interference by improving joint mobility and reducing inflammation. One study found that chiropractic adjustments can increase the activity of parasympathetic nerves, which are responsible for regulating the body’s rest and digest response. Another study found that chiropractic adjustments can increase the production of neurotrophins, which are proteins that support the growth and survival of nerve cells.

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments for Nervous System Health

Improved nervous system function can lead to a wide range of health benefits, including reduced pain, improved mobility, and better overall health. Some specific benefits of chiropractic adjustments for nervous system health include:

  • Reduced inflammation: Inflammation is a common cause of nervous system dysfunction. Chiropractic adjustments can help to reduce inflammation, which can improve nerve function and reduce pain.
  • Improved circulation: Chiropractic adjustments can improve blood flow to the nervous system, which can improve nerve function and reduce pain.
  • Enhanced immune system function: The nervous system plays a key role in regulating the immune system. Chiropractic adjustments can help to improve nervous system function, which can enhance immune system function and reduce the risk of illness.

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References:

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  2. “Rheumatoid Arthritis.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 4 Mar. 2020, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20353648.
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