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I’ve Got Arthritis…Can Chiropractic Help?

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Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain of the joints and bones. The main symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness and restricted movements of the joints. And Chiropractic Care can help with the management of that pain.

There are many types of arthritis, but the most common form is osteoarthritis (OA), where the affected joints are typically in the hands, spine, knees, and hips. You may also have heard of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), which is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the cells lining the joints, resulting in the joints becoming stiff, swollen and painful.

You may be surprised to hear that OA affects around 8.5 million people in the UK alone.

You may hear people tending to pass off osteoarthritis as ‘wear and tear’ and saying that the symptoms they experience are just ‘a part of getting older’. This leads to many sufferers believing that very little can be done to help, or that their only option is going to the chemist and buying painkillers.

Chiropractic Really Can Help Arthritis

Because it’s a condition that gradually worsens over time, it’s important to try to take steps to limit the further progress of osteoarthritis…and this is where chiropractic comes in!

Clearly, the joints in your body are meant to be moving, but when you stop using them due to discomfort or pain, you’ll find that they’ll deteriorate further. This will lead to an increase in symptoms, such as neck pain, back pain, hip pain or shoulder pain.

Non-impact sports like swimming can help arthritis sufferersTherefore, it’s important to keep as active as you can. However, try to avoid high-impact activities that put stress on your joints…avoid jogging, for example. You should choose activities that don’t place too much stress on the joints. Swimming is particularly helpful.

Chiropractic Can Help Mobilise Your Joints

In addition to keeping active, chiropractic can be extremely beneficial in relieving the symptoms of arthritis by getting your joints moving properly again. Remember, it’s what chiropractors do…they help get your joints moving again!

So if you are looking for relief from arthritic pain, or help for arthritis pain in hands, hips or knees, your doctor of chiropractic will find a way to help. A typical chiropractic treatment for arthritis sufferers will include very careful and gentle joint mobilisation, some therapeutic massage and special individualised exercises to get the best possible results.

Here’s The Good News!

There’s a lot that can be done to help you. Principal Chiropractor at Lagos Health Chiropractic, Dr Wen Oates, has several patients who come to her for help for their arthritic pain…so you can too! To make an appointment, please call the clinic on +351 282 768 044.

Why have I got neck and back pain…and can a chiropractor help me?

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Did you know that more than 2 hours’ of continuous sitting is considered a mild spinal strain? Long hours of sitting still can jeopardize your lumbar spine and can even be felt in the middle-back and neck. You feel neck pain and back pain as a result of the curves in your spine straightening, which, over time, deform and damage the ligaments and discs in your spine that are meant for support.

Furthermore, you put the surrounding muscles under undue strain, only adding to the pain. Unfortunately, long periods of sitting are becoming more commonplace in today’s computer age and are linked to increased back and neck pain.

Get Off The Sofa

This process begins all too early in life. So maybe it’s time to ask: “How many hours a day do I spend sitting?” Back pain usually strikes well after the problem first began. So, is it time for you to get off the sofa and get your spinal alignment checked by a qualified and registered chiropractor?

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How to avoid neck pain and back pain

In the meantime, here are some things to think about:

  • You should adjust your seat so that your feet are flat on the ground or on a foot rest.
  • You should be sitting with your hips higher than your knees and your eyes level with the centre of the computer screen.
  • Relax when sitting into your chair, making sure you have your bottom against the seat back and your shoulder blades are touching the back-rest of the chair.
  • Your arms should be flat and your elbows level with the desk or table you are using. Try to use a seat with arm rests.
  • Make sure you take regular breaks. Never sit at the computer for more than 40 minutes. When you take a break, walk around and stretch a little.

Get Checked Out

If you have back or neck pain, or are just feeling a slight twinge somewhere, perhaps now is the time to have a comprehensive examination by our Principal Chiropractor at Lagos Health – we promise to advise you on all posture and pain-related issues. Find us online and follow us on Facebook and Twitter…but don’t spend more than two hours at a time doing it!

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