The word arthritis translates to “inflammation of the joint” and is characterized by stiffness, warmth, swelling and joint pain. If these symptoms sound familiar, you could be dealing with arthritic pain. This common condition affects 1 in 6 and is the most common chronic disease in Canada.

The good news is that with early detection and treatment, serious disabilities can be prevented. There is no arthritis cure, but timely chiropractic care heals; it identifies areas of concern and prevents a further deterioration. Routine care is recommended so that an inflamed joint doesn’t remain fixated for an extended period of time.

When a joint becomes fixated, or fused, it comes out of alignment and doesn’t perform as it should. Levels above and below a fusion have to work harder to allow for regular movement and function. This imbalance causes grinding at the surfaces of the joint, which, in turn, cause inflammation.

There are over 100 types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common.

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WebMD describes Osteoarthritis as a slow onset that usually begins later in life. Joints are achy and tender but have almost no swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis has a quick onset that can happen anytime in life. Joints are painful, swollen and stiff, and are often accompanied by fatigue and a general feeling of ill.

 What can I do to alleviate pain?

The Arthritis Foundation has developed some simple exercises to increase range of motion in the upper body:

  • Do arm circles backwards for 30 seconds
  • Work arms and back by moving your arms on a tabletop as if you’re doing the breast stroke. Continue for 60 seconds.
  • Bend wrists up, down and in a circular motion; open and close your fingers. Perform each for 10 seconds.

Talk to your chiropractor. They can equip you with resources and guidance to start you on a path of healing and empowerment today.