Arthritis, by nature, is an inflammation of the joints. Consequently, it can cause a substantial amount of pain and discomfort in addition to interfering with mobility. This makes day-to-day living more difficult. Many people with arthritis find that they can no longer do the activities they have done most of their lives for fun, relaxation or to make a living.
The good news for arthritis sufferers is that help is available. No longer is it recommended that they simply stop doing their normal activities and spend their time sitting around. While people can get relief from medications that may be prescribed as well as some over-the-counter drugs, one thing many overlook is the potential for relief from chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care is known for its focus on proper body alignment and the adjustments that help to get and keep the body aligned. However, it is not limited to this. It also focuses on lifestyle, diet and exercise that can help a person live a more active lifestyle overall.
In addition, it can improve quality of life by reducing the need to rely on pain medications so much. With the right exercise program and a nutritious diet, chiropractic care goes a long way in helping one to maintain a healthy weight. It also boosts the body’s immune system. Both of these factors can be important in helping a person live with arthritis.
When helping the patient with an exercise program, our team will come up with some activities that are tailored toward the individual’s own arthritis condition. These exercises will help to strengthen the muscles and aid in joint flexibility by concentrating on activities that help the range of motion.
Dr. Jennifer Lidstrom may also help the patient to gain a fuller understanding of exercise vs. rest. She can help the patient know when the right times are to do each. For example, rest may be indicated when the arthritis is flaring up with the exercise taking place between these episodes. That way, the exercise does not make matters worse from doing it at the wrong times.
Other things that can help with pain relief are often incorporated into a chiropractic care program. Massage can target the painful areas. Hot and cold compresses can be used as well. Together, these things can help to reduce inflammation and to improve blood flow that will aid in the healing process.
One of the first things that may be done when beginning chiropractic care is to get a full set of X-rays. This will help in identifying the problem areas as well as the degree of inflammation. That way, our chiropractor can customize a program for the individual.
Located in Cornelius, our team at Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab can develop a treatment plan for your arthritis that will keep you living life to the fullest. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!