If you live with arthritis pain we know you are in need of relief. Painful joints are very distracting and it takes away the pleasure from everyday life. While chiropractic can not cure arthritis it can make it easier to live with.
There are over 150 techniques that chiropractors employ to manually adjust the spine, muscles, and joints with varying degrees of gentle force. Which techniques are used is dependent on the condition(s) of the patient. No two patients can be treated in the exact same way.
Your chiropractor may use manual spinal adjustments or manipulate soft tissue to help relieve tenderness and muscle spasms. You may also be asked to do traction which slowly stretches the joints to increase range of movement, as well as ultrasound, ice, and heat. At-home physical therapy exercises they may assign you can do wonders as well. The stronger the muscles around the arthritic area the better the bones hold in place from an adjustment.
Chiropractors focus on the relationships between function and structure, explains Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C. who has been in private practice right here in Southwest Florida for 17 years.
If the alignment of a joint is not proper then it can’t work as it was designed. The goal of treatment with our office is to restore proper joint function. The freer the movement you have the better you will feel.
If you have neck or back pain because of osteoarthritis, chiropractic is one of the safest routes of therapy. It is important to note that if you have an inflammatory disease (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis) you need to be more careful and really talk with your doctor and listen to your body. If your medical doctor has told you that you have active swelling in your joints, chiropractic may not be the right path for you.
That doesn’t mean we can’t help. It just means we need to take a different route of treatment for your case. A consultation is advisable to get you going on some alternative safe and effective therapies.
They may include:
Electrotherapy. These tiny electric pulses are not painful. They treat soft tissue injuries by stimulating nerves and muscles.
Ultrasound. Many think of ultrasound as imaging technology, but when applied to soft tissues and joints, sound waves can also produce a massaging effect that helps reduce swelling and decrease pain and stiffness.
Low-level cold laser. This therapy uses a non-heat-producing laser or light that penetrates deep into the tissue, sometimes reducing inflammation.
Infrared sauna. Imagine having a hot compress warm up your joints from the inside. These rooms use controlled amounts of heat to relieve pain and increase circulation.
Even Medical Doctors Agree
In 2017, The American College of Physicians released updated guidelines. They now support the use of non-pharmacologic therapies. This includes chiropractic as well as acupuncture, as first-line treatment of pain, before medication.
If you are living with arthritis call the office of Dr. Kaster today at 239-332-2555. We would love to see how we can help you feel better and live well.
Chiropractor | Nutritionist in Ft Myers, FL.
Chiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?
Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor, and nutritionist in Fort Myers can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.