Joint pain and joint inflammation are symptoms that are synonymous with one another, often caused by rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects young, middle-aged and older Americans, to the tune of about 1.3 million people per year. This is an autoimmune condition wherein the immune system attacks the joint-lining membranes called the synovium. The disease assails the joints symmetrically, meaning if the right hip is affected so too is the left. RA is known to cause inflammation, weakness and ultimately misalignment of feet, ankles, knees, hips, elbows, wrists, hands, shoulders and the neck. Thankfully, you can fight this disease by seeing a chiropractor and by adhering to a specific regimen of rest, exercise, and nutrition.
Chiropractic Solutions for RA
Joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis can be treated through gentle chiropractic adjustments, which serve to realign the ligaments, tendons and bones to their proper position. In order for these treatments to be effective, however, they must be conducted in conjunction with physical therapy sessions designed to strengthen the joint while it is in the natural and proper position. Meanwhile, as a patient suffering from joint pain, you have to consider a few lifestyle changes. Cutting down on repetitive motions or activities involving blunt force impact will eliminate trauma that can further magnify joint pain.
Rest vs Exercise for RA
When an arthritic flare-up occurs, rest is essential. Once arthritis goes into remission, the situation should be taken advantage of for targeted exercise. Range of motion exercises such as stretching, yoga, dance and tai chi are useful in maintaining mobility and increasing flexibility. They should be done regularly, as in every other day or at least three times per week. Weightlifting to build muscle strength for supporting the joint should be done with the same frequency, except during times of excessive swelling and pain. Low impact aerobic exercise such as swimming, kettlebell complexes, and bicycling should be done for 20 to 30 minutes three times a week. This helps maintain a healthy weight that will not overwork your joints and to improve muscle tone and cardiovascular health.
Proactive Nutrition for RA
Breaking down processed meals and fried foods into usable nutrients is heavily stressful on the body and can eventually lead to inflammation. When your digestive tract works to break down heated, fried, grilled and pasteurized foods, the toxins therein cause damage to certain body proteins. This serves to further agitate an existing arthritic condition. Flour-baked goods, soda and sugary treats like candy bars also contribute to the problem. Instead, stick to a diet of deep sea fish, organic chicken and organic fruits and vegetables.
SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers provides services which can help ease the painful symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and improve range of motion. Our chiropractic physicians and qualified team members can provide adjustments, nutritional expertise, and exercise recommendations all based on your own condition. Contact us today to request an appointment.