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Arthritis treatment in Virginia Beach.

 

What is arthritis?arthritis

 

Arthritis affects about 40 million Americans of all ages. Degenerative arthritis (djd) or osteoarthritis afflicts the weight-bearing joints: the knees, hips and spine primarily but can affect any joint. It often manifests following an injury or from repetitive physical tasks that place excess stress upon the joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most severe type of inflammatory joint disease. It is an autoimmune disorder in which the bodies immune system attacks and damages joints and surrounding soft tissue.

 

Symptoms of arthritis.

 

Osteoarthritis comes on gradually, often after an injury to the bone or connective tissue. This pain worsens and leads to destruction and enlargement of the joint. It doesn’t migrate to other parts of the body. Osteoarthritis can do its damage painlessly over the coarse of years, and suddenly show its ugly head. Stiffness and a chronic ache are common. Generally no swelling or redness with osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis can come on suddenly or gradually, with many joints involved. It is most common in the hands, feet and arms, where it can deform joints and cause redness, extreme pain, swelling and tenderness of joints. Rheumatoid often migrates to other joints.

 

Treatment for arthritis

 

Fixation, scar tissue, and adhesion in the tissue surrounding the joints is what leads to the degeneration of arthritis. One belief is its the bodies attempt to heal itself by way of fusing the joint in an attempt to stabilize it. Either way the best way to attack it is through motion. Stretching, exercise and an active life style go a long way to keeping arthritis down. Of coarse specific chiropractic adjustments to a fixated joint can relieve symptoms and hopefully help to prevent future degeneration. Diet can play a large role in the treatment and prevention of arthritis.

Studies have shown that all arthritis symptoms are reduced, even for those with rheumatoid arthritis, after a person adopts a vegetarian diet, free of all animal foods, including-and especially-dairy products.

 

Foods to eat:

green leafy veggies, sea weeds, carrots, spirulina, barley and wheat grass, avocados, pecans, whole grains and salmon, sardines and herring.

 

Foods to avoid:

red meat, dairy and eggs, alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, excess salt, spinach, cranberries, chard, tomatoes, peppers and tobacco products.

Herbs to treat arthritis.

  • Fever few – two capsules three times per day.
  • Devils claw or wild yam – three capsules three times a day.
  • Hawthorn – two capsules three to four times per day.
  • White willow bark – two capsules for pain as needed.
  • Turmeric – two capsules three times a day.
  • Herbal remedies will reduce inflammation and pain and stimulate circulation. Try any of the above.

 

Supplements

  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Niacin amide
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Omega 3 fats

 

arthritis developementThese lists are a little old and I am sure there are a multitude of replacements. Its a good natural place to start and the bottom line is that what we put in our bodies greatly affects the way we feel and age. Get your arthritis under control today! Call New Life Chiropractic

 

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Doctor Mike Geheren and his staff have been freeing people from pain in his clinic in Virginia Beach since 1996. As a Chiropractor with experience, Dr. Mike Geheren is committed to promoting optimal health and well being of his patients.

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