3 Non-Medication Treatments for Arthritis

3 Non-Medication Treatments for Arthritis

If you have arthritis, you may have talked with your primary care physician or your rheumatologist about medical therapies that can help relieve your pain and stiffness. Perhaps you take medication on a regular basis or when your arthritis symptoms flare up.

Certainly, medication can play an important role in arthritis treatment. But it is not the only option for alleviating symptoms. Some useful non-medication methods can also help with symptom relief.

For some people, non-medication lifestyle approaches can be used in place of arthritis drugs. For others, these alternatives can work in tandem with arthritis medicines.

Either way, the caring providers at Atlas Health Center in the Marina District of San Francisco, would like to share the following information with you about effective non-drug treatments for arthritis.

Chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic care works by putting your spine and the structures that support it into better alignment. When your spine is aligned through spinal adjustment and other methods, your body’s natural healing can take place more effectively.

Chiropractic adjustments also helps your body by increasing mobility, relieving pressure on your joints, and reducing pain.

Not only is chiropractic care effective for arthritis, but it is safe. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation considers it one of the safest treatments available for arthritis.

Keep in mind that it is crucial for your chiropractor to have experience treating arthritis to avoid harming your joints. Here at Atlas Health Center, our providers are proud of our experience providing skilled arthritis care.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture uses very thin needles to stimulate the action of your nervous system. When you receive acupuncture for arthritis, the procedure causes your body to release its own natural healing chemicals. These healing chemicals help relieve some of the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.

Acupuncture is a type of ancient Chinese medicine. Tradition says it relieves pain by unblocking the qi, or life energy, that flows through your body. Although Western science doesn’t necessarily endorse these traditional beliefs, science does confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for certain medical conditions.

Exercise

When you’re in pain, you may feel tempted to remain sedentary in hopes of feeling better. However, activity can actually help relieve and prevent some arthritis-related pain.

Some types of exercise can address arthritis symptoms by improving mobility, reducing joint pain, helping to strengthen and stretch your muscles, and providing an overall sense of well-being.

Your doctor can tell you which exercises are best for you. In general, however, the following exercises tend to help people with arthritis because they work your body without harming your joints:

Helping you alleviate arthritis symptoms

The providers at Atlas Health Center would like to help you optimize your wellness by customizing a care plan that addresses all of your health needs. To schedule an evaluation, call our San Francisco office at 415-549-0555 or book an appointment online now.

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