Arthritis is a common disorder, particularly among older adults. The pain of arthritis can range from uncomfortable to debilitating. Many who suffer from arthritis use painkillers regularly to manage their condition, but research shows these drugs may be unsafe for long-term use.
Rather than depending on drugs, chiropractic champions the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Chiropractic care may reduce discomfort and slow the progress of arthritis.
Regular exercise is key for managing arthritis. It improves and maintains strength and flexibility, helping the body support deteriorating joints more comfortably. Aerobic exercise, resistance training and stretching should all be part of an arthritis exercise regimen. Maintenance of a healthy weight through exercise also reduces stress on arthritic joints, lessening pain and improving mobility (Arthritis Rheum 2004;50:1501-10).
Just like exercise, healthy eating controls obesity and the complications it can bring to arthritis. Ask Dr. Smith for some recommendations of nutritional supplements to ease the discomfort of arthritis.
Some of the simplest home treatments for pain are hot and cold therapy. Experiment with warm showers or baths; hot and cold compresses; and ice packs to see what works well for you. Dr. Barbara Smith