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Can Chiropractic Relieve Your Joint Pain?

Can Chiropractic Relieve Your Joint Pain?

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Most people associate chiropractic care with back pain. Yet, your chiropractor can help in other ways too. Take chiropractic for joint pain.

It might make sense that a chiropractic adjustment to your spine can relieve shoulder pain, but you might not think about it helping your knees or ankles, or even wrists. But it’s possible.

The reason why is your entire body is connected. You know this, of course, and if you think back to that old song about the hip bone connected to the thigh bone, that’s a good reminder.

With each bone connected to the next and the nerves acting as the messengers for your brain’s communication system, your body operates as a whole (even if we don’t always treat it as such.)

An Ankle Joint Injury Can Affect Your Body

Take an ankle injury on the left side of your body. It’s likely that the right side will find ways to compensate by adjusting your stride or stance for example. Yet, even micro-adjustments make a difference and you may find yourself with an eventual knee injury on your right side because you “favored” one side. However, a chiropractor may be able to help prevent the second joint injury by helping your body maintain it’s balance and symmetry.

The chiropractic approach is to assess your overall health and where your joint pain is located. Here at McQuaite Chiropractic, we run an x-ray of all new patients so we can see what’s going on. For example, your treatment could incorporate gentle manipulation or short sharp bursts of spinal manipulation.

We have a range of specific tools to relieve pain and improve your mobility including the special chiropractic table, TENS treatment, and a small rubber hammer. You can find out more about our treatments here.

Of course, whether chiropractic can help your joint pain depends on your body.

For example, arthritis can cause joint pain but not all arthritis can be safely treated by chiropractic care. So, we want to know if you have arthritis and if so, what type. Assuming you’re a good candidate for chiropractic care for your joint pain, you’ll probably be pleased with the benefits.

The Benefits of Chiropractic for Joint Pain Include:

  • Improved flexibility and mobility
  • Better range of motion
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Pain relief

Each of these can lead to more motivation to exercise or participate in other activities that you might have declined before due to pain. After all, if your joint pain is keeping you from participating in your favorite activities, wouldn’t you want to change that situation?

If you’re in the Doylestown, Pa, area, we’d love to offer you a consultation. That way we can see if chiropractic may be able to relieve your joint pain.

 

 

 

 

 

Chiropractic Care Helps Wrist Pain

Chiropractic Care Helps Wrist Pain

Wrist PainChronic wrist pain affects thousands of Americans. Generally, it’s chalked up to carpal tunnel syndrome and is caused by repetitive tasks like sewing and cleaning. Wrist pain can even be caused by playing sports like bowling. This is where sites like Skilled Bowlers provide advice on how to prevent this by using bowling wrist braces. It is important though to understand that there are ways to care for the pains. When it comes to using the computer, if you spend the bulk of your time typing, you may also feel wrist pain.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, it’s “most expensive of work-related injuries” with workers losing an estimated $30,000 medical bills and lost work time.

Plus, it’s painful.

It can also affect your non-work activities. Simple household tasks like cooking or opening jars might become more difficult leaving you to wonder if you can ever be pain-free again.

How Does Chronic Wrist Pain Develop?

Thirteen small bones make up your wrist and there’s a median nerve that runs down your forearm and into your wrist. Along with the bones are tendons, nerves and tissue.

There are a variety of reasons wrist pains like carpal tunnel can develop. Smaller wrist size leads to smaller carpal tunnel which can compress the median nerve. In other cases, it’s due to an injury, poor ergonomics and even diseases like diabetes.

Simple Exercises to Help

Some simple exercises can help alleviate your pain such as circling your wrists first one way and then another. Another exercise is to lift your arms and open and close your fists ten times. You can do these whenever you feel you need a break.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Wrist Pain

However, chiropractic care can also help. A recent study appeared in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxuation Research, December 2014 which says spinal manipulation combined with ice, cold laser and exercises helped at least one participate improve.

A typical chiropractic visit will include spinal and perhaps wrist manipulation. This re-aligns the spine, neck and all the other bones within your body to alleviate pressure so your pain disappears.

Practicing good ergonomics will help prevent wrist pain. You can also wear a splint or a soft brace to keep your wrists straight while working.