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Cold weather is here and many arthritis sufferers are finding that their condition is even more painful than normal. The exact reason that so many people who suffer from Degenerative Joint Disease (also known as DJD, or Arthritis) is unknown. Some scientists believe that the drop in barometric pressure affiliated with cold weather is the main cause of increased arthritis pain. Others believe that the increase in pain comes from the changes in joint fluid thickness, a common occurrence in winter.
Whatever the reason, many arthritis sufferers find that winter is the worst time of year for their pain management. Luckily, there are a variety of natural ways to manage and reduce arthritis pain. With proper chiropractic care, many people affected by arthritis can increase their range of motion and perform most--if not all--of their ordinary daily tasks.
Chiropractic adjustments are just one way that chiropractors treat arthritis. Adjustments restore alignment and relieve pressure, thus reducing pain in the joint. Before performing the adjustment, the chiropractor may take x-rays of the affected area in ordered to gauge the damage and decide what the best treatment will be. The chiropractor may also use specialized instruments to take measurements and make an assessment of the patient's condition.
Exercise is critical to management of arthritis pain, and no one knows that better than a chiropractor. After performing the appropriate adjustments, the chiropractor will show the patient how to perform exercises at home. These exercises will be designed to improve range of motion, strengthen the joints and increase patient endurance. Exercise will also help control weight gain, which can be a significant contributing factor in the progression of arthritis.
Exercises like dance, weight lifting, swimming, bike riding and walking on the treadmill are all commons recommendations. The chiropractor will prescribe light exercise on a daily or weekly basis, and will specify which exercises need to be done when. The chiropractor will also tell the patient which exercises to he or she should not do in order to avoid exacerbating the problem.
The chiropractor will help the patient design a satisfying and healthy diet that will control the effects of arthritis. For example, some spices are known to reduce inflammation and lessen pain from arthritis. In addition, some fatty acids are known to reduce inflammation while also preventing swelling of the joints. The chiropractor will help the patient pick out a menu of acceptable foods. Whenever possible, the chiropractor will help the patient within the parameters of the patient's existing dietary preferences. The chiropractor will also make nutritional recommendations that will help the patient keep their weight within acceptable parameters.
Chiropractors help patients manage their arthritis in a variety of ways. For more information about how a chiropractor in Alexandria can help you manage your arthritis, contact Back to Health Center and make an appointment for a consultation today.
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