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Chiropractic helps people with arthritis

Chiropractic helps people with arthritis

Chiropractic – helping people with arthritis

Arthritis is a painful and debilitating condition and can have a significant impact on the quality of life of individuals suffering from this disease.  As World Arthritis Day was on 12th October 2014 we wanted to highlight the benefits Chiropractic care for those suffering from this condition.

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine1 reported that 63% of patients who visited a rheumatologist, for the conditions rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, also sought some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).  Of these individuals 31% (almost half) chose Chiropractic care, making Chiropractic the most popular alternative used by this group of people.  Importantly, 73% of these patients determined that Chiropractic care was helpful in controlling their chronic pain.

Arthritis in the spineAn additional aspect of this study was to determine why these arthritic patients chose CAM and the reasons they gave were:

  1. Because their prescribed medication wasn’t working to control their pain
  2. Because they heard it would help
  3. Because it is safe
  4. Because it helped someone they know

Reducing the use of prescription medicines or over-the-counter medications such as NSAIDs for pain relief means fewer harmful side effects and addiction from long term use.  The lifestyle changes associated with Chiropractic recommendations will also positively influence diet, exercise and overall health.

The ability to control some symptoms through Chiropractic care not only reduces the financial burden on the NHS (arthritis cases are set to double by 2030!) but more importantly it improves the quality of life of those suffering from the disease and may in some cases delay the necessity to take early retirement.

It’s important that people realise there are effective treatments without the side effects.  If you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and you have read something that resonates with you, don’t hesitate in booking a thorough Chiropractic examination with us today!  Give us a call on 01179741501, and we’ll talk you through how we can help at The Chiropractic Centre: Bristol.

(1) Rao JK, Mihaliak K, Kroenke K, Bradley J, Tierney WM, Weinberger M. Use of complementary therapies for arthritis among patients of rheumatologists. Ann Intern Med 1999; 131:409-416.