The Natural & Affordable Way to Maintain Healthy Joints

Many experience joint pain and stiffness as our bodies age, particularly in weight-bearing joints like the hips, knees, and spine. Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative joint disease affecting millions of people worldwide. It causes chronic pain and limits mobility. However, growing evidence suggests that chiropractic care prevents osteoarthritis.

How Does Chiropractic Prevent Osteoarthritis?

Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that promotes healing and well-being without using drugs or surgery. It involves manually adjusting the spine and other joints to correct misalignments or subluxations that interfere with the body’s natural ability to move, function, and heal. While chiropractic is often associated with treating back pain, its benefits extend far beyond that.

One of the ways chiropractic care can prevent osteoarthritis is by improving joint mobility and function. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper alignment to the spine and other joints, promoting better circulation to the specific joints.  Better circulation improves the access of nutrients to the joints, allowing them to heal.   This, in turn, can help prevent osteoarthritis’s development or slow its progression.

How Does Osteoarthritis Start in the Spine?

Spinal stress often creates muscle tension and joint injury. This stress can be from a sudden injury, bad posture, or emotional stress. With this tension is a decreased movement in the affected spinal segments. Within 30 days of immobility, a process begins that microscopically changes the texture of the joint. Over the years, this joint will harden, become stiffer and eventually fuse. This fusion is an evolutionary response of the body to conserve resources since a fused joint is much easier to maintain. This process of fusion is referred to as osteoarthritis or spinal degeneration.

Can Stretching Prevent Osteoarthritis?

Stretching will help your joints in the same way that brushing your teeth will help prevent cavities. Stretches move all your spinal joints globally but do not isolate the individual tight joints under the threat of fusion. This is why chiropractic adjustment is necessary. The chiropractor is trained to feel each joint in the spine, find the dysfunctional joints and adjust as needed. This improves the movement between each vertebra. If stretching your spine is like brushing your teeth, then the chiropractic adjustment is like flossing your teeth.

Stretching Can Cause Instability Around Stiff Joints

Your spine is a stack of independently moving vertebrae. If we try to stretch a tight area, we usually place the sites above and below it under too much stress. Stretching will make these adjacent segments unstable while the stiff joint remains immobile. This causes more problems, such as instability, and, unfortunately, rarely corrects the tightened joint.

Does Stretching Work Better if I Get Adjusted Regularly?

Regular adjustments ensure that each spinal segment is mobile. It also prevents nerve issues that can cause muscle tightness. If you get adjusted regularly, this spinal and nerve dysfunction is minimized, your stretches will cause fewer problems, and you will be more likely to feel and live your best.

Do Adjustments Prevent Injury?

In addition to improving joint function, chiropractic care may help reduce the risk of joint injury. Athletes, for example, may be at higher risk of developing osteoarthritis in the knee, elbows, shoulders or ankles following an injury. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help to keep the joints properly aligned and functioning optimally, reducing the likelihood of injury and osteoarthritis.

Reducing Stress to Improve Joint Health

Finally, chiropractic care can also help to reduce stress and promote overall well-being. This can have a positive impact on joint health. Chronic stress and anxiety can contribute to inflammation and pain throughout the body, including the joints. By promoting relaxation and reducing stress, chiropractic care may help to prevent or reduce the severity of osteoarthritis.

In conclusion, chiropractic care offers a safe and effective way to prevent or delay the onset of osteoarthritis. By improving joint function, reducing the risk of injury, and promoting overall well-being, chiropractic care can help people of all ages maintain healthy joints and enjoy an active lifestyle well into their golden years.