If you suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, you know the feeling of swollen, painful joints and fatigue.
Yet, you may not know the cause.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease. What that means is, your brain sends the wrong messages to itself. It creates a cycle of inflammation in an attempt to heal what it perceives as a problem.
The Inflammation Problem
You may have heard of the inflammation cascade.
Inflammation is your body’s way of dealing with stress and sickness. The cascade occurs when your body dumps chemicals into your blood stream and causes inflammation. This is completely normal.
Here’s an example, if you cut your finger while chopping vegetables, your body sends a flood of white blood cells to kill off any potential bacteria. Your finger will swell and feel tender.
This is an important part of healing.
The problem is when your body doesn’t know when to stop. That’s the problem with an auto-immune disease like rheumatoid arthritis.
Your nerves send the message to your brain that something is wrong so the brain releases the chemicals that cause inflammation so your body can heal. Your joints may be swollen and tender. You may feel tired all the time. That sends more signals to your body that something is wrong.
This vicious cycle suppresses your immune system. A chiropractor can reverse this process.
How Chiropractic Care Relieves Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain
Subluxation is the medical term for spinal misalignment. This misalignment leads to pressure and irritation of your nerves. Your nerves send stress messages to your brain. As you’ve seen above, that leads to inflammation.
If you can take the pressure off your nerve endings and allow the correct messages to move from your brain to your nerves, you can reduce this cycle.
That’s where chiropractic care comes in. It can help by re aligning your spine.
By re aligning your spine, your body will be under less stress which improves your immune system and creates less inflammation. It creates a health cycle.
Plus, if rheumatoid arthritis has left you with stiff joints, chiropractic care can help you gain more mobility within them. This means you’ll have a greater range of motion.
Chiropractor Dr. Jeff McQuaite in Doylestown, Pa, works with patients who have rheumatoid arthritis so you feel better. Make your appointment today and get on your way to health.