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Living with arthritis pain is like trying to get comfortable on a cactus sofa

Arthritis is very common but is not well understood. Actually, “arthritis” is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.

Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Symptoms may come and go. They can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. Arthritis can cause permanent joint changes. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen on X-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys and skin as well as the joints.

There are different types of arthritis: Degenerative Arthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis and Metabolic Arthritis.

Lifestyle Recommendations:

• Check for IgG food sensitivities and have patient avoid problematic foods; test for cortisol and DHEA. • Check for stealth infections such as Proteus, Lyme or Klebsiella. • Engage in aerobic exercise such as swimming, walking and biking, along with moderate exercises for strengthening; lose any excess weight to relieve pressure on joints. • Reduce stress; engage in activities that are enjoyable and stress-relieving. • Stop smoking.

Dietary Tips and Caveats:

• Eliminate sugar and grains. • Avoid safflower, corn, sunflower and soybean oils, which aggravate inflammation. Instead favor flax oil, fish oils, fresh fish, raw nuts and seeds. • Avoid nightshades of peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant if necessary. • Avoid commonly allergenic foods such as corn, milk and wheat products. • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet of unprocessed whole foods, abundant in vegetables and fruits (preferably organic). • Include healthy drinks such as ginger tea and fresh pineapple juice.

Can Neurofeedback help ease you symptoms?

Certain types of brain waves are associated with pain. Intense pain is linked with increased beta brain wave activity and decreased alpha wave activity, while strong pain relief has been associated with the opposite. By reducing the perception of pain in the brain, chronic pain can be reduced provided there is not a continuing injury. Neurofeedback training for chronic pain involves enhancing alpha wave activity, decreasing beta activity and altering other brain wave patterns associated with pain and relief. The training is used to treat arthritis, back pain, cancer-related pain, complex regional plan, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, migraine headaches and trigeminal neuralgia.

Would Chiropractic Care work for me?

Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Below are some of the health benefits for chiropractic care and what chiropractic adjustments can provide to arthritis patients:

  • Reduced pain and discomfort

  • Decreased inflammation

  • Improved range of motion

  • Improved flexibility

  • Increased activity and lifestyle

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