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Chiropractic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted on: March 13th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

RheumatoideArthritisAPRheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack different parts of the body, namely joints, tissues, and organs. This can cause inflammation that can cause permanent damage. While treatments do exist for this condition (though no cure) it has recently been discovered that chiropractic treatments may be of assistance in relieving symptoms and improving quality of life in sufferers.

In a study that was published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, a woman with rheumatoid arthritis saw a chiropractor about her bilateral polyarthralgia, which affected her fingers, toes, and knees. She suffered from considerable joint stiffness and had trouble bearing weight on her feet. She was taking medications but she was still in constant pain.

After numerous tests, it was found that she had subluxation in the spine along with hypolordosis, which is associated with reduced lung capacity. Reduced lung capacity is associated with reduce immunity. Subluxation causes irritation to the nerves of the spine, which can directly affect major organ systems and cause chronic inflammation. That’s why it was thought chiropractic treatments could be of assistance to people like this woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Repair the irritation to the nerves of the spine and you’ll fix the related inflammation issues that appear throughout the rest of the body.

Additional research showed that a thoracic adjustment caused a major increase in white blood cells in the body. Upper spine adjustments along with improved posture can make a world of difference, it seems, in repairing immune function and reducing the symptoms of autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.

The patient detailed in the study experienced a dramatic improvement in symptoms over the course of four months. The patient initially reported pain that reached 9 out of 10 on the pain scale. After treatment, her pain dropped to 1 out of 10. In fact, she didn’t even need to take her medications anymore. Analysis following treatment showed dramatic changes in the spine.

This should bring hope to many people with rheumatoid arthritis. Traditional treatment models can be costly and ineffective. Thankfully, the use of chiropractic treatment may be just what the doctor ordered in terms of providing lasting pain relief and symptom improvement. Better yet, many insurance policies now cover visits to the chiropractor so it should be completely affordable as well.

Now people with rheumatoid arthritis don’t have to suffer in silence.

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  1. Gene Curtis says:

    If you decide that a visit to the chiropractor is right for you, then find a reputable chiropractor with experience treating someone with rheumatoid arthritis. Conduct Internet research and talk to people who have used chiropractors.

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