Arthritis Relief

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on February 3, 2015

Arthritis Relief, Naturally
By Dr. Tim Fargo

Many of our patients suffer with arthritis pain and I thought to give you a few helpful hints on how you can relieve pain without having to resort to drugs.  The most commonly used of these drugs like Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Nuprin and Aspirin (all nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are associated with significant complications and over 16,000 deaths per year in the US.  The term “arthritis” encompasses a number of different conditions but the common denominator is inflammation of joints and there are natural things that can be done to alleviate the associated pain and swelling.
1.    Food Allergy elimination:  Food allergies and sensitivities are a common source of increased inflammation in the body.  Find out what you are sensitive to and simply eliminate it from your diet.  The most common offending foods are wheat, corn, milk and other dairy products, beef and nightshade family foods (tomato, potato, eggplant and peppers), as well as food additives.
2.    Improve your digestive efficiency:  Many people do not digest their foods properly either due to a deficiency of stomach acid and/or the enzymes produced in the pancreas which aid in the digestion of protein.  Some folks need to supplement either or both.  When you provide supplemental enzymes not only do you digest food more efficiently and thereby reduce the impact of allergy, but you also provide an aid for the reduction of inflammation.  
3.    Get the right amounts of the right kinds of dietary fats:  Fatty acids have a very significant impact on inflammation because of the impact they have on the production of chemicals that either promote inflammation or reduce it. One fatty acid in particular increases inflammation. It is called Arachadonic Acid and is present in high concentrations in red meat, egg yolks, organ meat and some fish like tilapia.  To balance these harmful fats you should consume high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids such as contained in fish oils or flax seed oil.  Fish oil supplements are incredibly powerful in the control of arthritis-related inflammation.
4.    Take the right vitamins and herbs to reduce inflammation:  The following substances have been shown through extensive research to have a very beneficial effect on inflammation:
a.    Selenium and Vitamin E have great antioxidant properties that fight inflammation.
b.    Manganese and superoxide dismutase are also potent antioxidants that fight inflammation.
c.    Vitamin C is another important antioxidant.
d.    Curcumin is a newer player and is commonly known as the spice, turmeric.  This yellow pigment in turmeric is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory agents found in nature.
e.    Ginger is another spice that has potent anti-inflammatory properties.
The nutrients listed above are often combined into a single formulation and can be easily taken in supplemental form.
5.    Get adjusted:  Yes, it really can make that much difference.  In 30 years of working with people I have found that adjusting joints that do not function well, and even those that are actively inflamed can be very beneficial.  Getting adjusted and improving mobility can improve blood and nutrient flow to involved joints and can actually reduce inflammation. Of course, the technique used must be appropriate to the area and the degree of inflammation, but I have treated hundreds of people with arthritis and have helped them reduce their pain and improve their ability to stay active and perform their daily life and recreational activities. 
If you or someone you love is suffering with arthritis pain contact our office and we can evaluate your nutritional needs, food sensitivities and need for proper joint function and alignment.  Contact us at (952) 835-6750 or [email protected]

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