Arthritis causes near constant pain, stiffness and range of motion limitations, especially as the condition progresses through the years. Over time, ongoing arthritis symptoms can really take a toll on your overall well-being. You may grow tired of rubbing on ointments or taking medications that do not ever seem to reduce the pain and discomfort enough. Luckily, you can seek chiropractic care at Bankers Hall Chiropractic in downtown Calgary to actively reduce the symptoms of arthritis. The chiropractic sessions may include one, or all, of the three following treatment options.
When your skeletal system is misaligned, excess pressure is placed on the joints throughout your body. Your chiropractor can perform manual adjustments to bring your body back into alignment and reduce arthritis pain. During the adjustments, you will likely feel an instant pressure release that translates to reduced pain overall. Your joints may also look less inflamed, even during flare ups.
When your joints are causing you pain, you may hold your body in unnatural positions in an effort to cope with the discomfort. In a short period of time, these posture changes have a negative effect on your body, causing muscle pain to develop. Massage therapy loosens tight muscles and helps return the fibers to a natural position. Your chiropractor may also use biofeedback practices to reverse your tendency to hold postures that cause muscle pain.
You can actively reduce arthritic flare ups by performing regular stretches and exercises. The exercise sessions increase blood flow to your muscles and joints, which helps your body release inflammation and start the healing process anew. The exercises may also reduce stiffness associated with long term arthritic pain. Your exercise plan will be personalized to target the problem areas for the best chance at minimizing pain.
Types of Arthritis
Nearly all types of arthritis have a positive response to at least one of the three main types of chiropractic care. Chiropractors have to carefully consider the form of arthritis to create a comprehensive care plan.
Rheumatoid arthritis, for example, can benefit from both massage therapy and therapeutic exercise sessions, but spinal adjustments are usually avoided. Since this type of arthritis is caused by immune system attacks on the joints, adjustments have the chance of increasing the severity of these attacks.
Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is caused by damaged cartilage in the joints, which often causes range of motion limitations. Therefore, chiropractic manipulations are often integrated into the treatment program to improve mobility or range of motion caused by cartilage damage. Massage therapy and exercise also help improve these areas over time.
Obtaining Chiropractic Care for Arthritis in Calgary
When you are ready to seek alternative forms of arthritis relief, make an appointment with Bankers Hall Chiropractic by calling 403-243-0111. Your Alberta chiropractor will create a treatment plan designed to quickly resolve your arthritis symptoms and provide you with lasting relief. Ongoing evaluations will assess how well the treatments continue to keep your pain levels as low as possible. Furthermore, if mobility or range of motion abilities change, chiropractors may alter the treatment plan to provide full symptom control.