Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions the ends of bones in your joints gradually deteriorates. Cartilage is a firm, slippery tissue that permits nearly frictionless joint motion. In osteoarthritis, the slick surface of the cartilage becomes rough. Eventually, if the cartilage wears down completely, you may be left with bone rubbing on bone.
Chiropractic and Massage and its role in reducing arthritis.
Factors that may increase your risk of osteoarthritis include:
Older age. The risk of osteoarthritis increases with age.
Sex. Women are more likely to develop osteoarthritis, though it isn't clear why.
Obesity. Carrying extra body weight contributes to osteoarthritis in several ways. It puts added stress on weight-bearing joints, such as your hips and knees. In addition, fat tissue produces proteins that may cause harmful inflammation in and around your joints.
Joint injuries. Injuries, such as those that occur when playing sports or from an accident, may increase the risk of osteoarthritis.
Certain occupations. If your job includes tasks that place repetitive stress on a particular joint, that joint may eventually develop osteoarthritis.
Genetics. Some people inherit a tendency to develop osteoarthritis.
Bone deformities. Some people are born with malformed joints or defective cartilage, which can increase the risk of osteoarthritis.
Other diseases. Having diabetes or other rheumatic diseases such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis can increase your risk of osteoarthritis.
So what can you do to maintain joint integrity and reduce your risk for arthritis, in addition to reducing excessive joint stress from occupational and recreational activities and maintain a healthy weight?
We believe everyone should maintain good body biomechanics with chiropractic, massage, proper nutrition, and exercise. Living a healthy lifestyle helps reduce joint stress and the processes that leads to arthritis. Proper exercise is important to maintain flexibility, strength and balance. Chiropractic reduces and restores abnormal posture and spinal/extremity fixation (subluxation). The subluxation process will lead to inflammation and muscle spasm that left uncorrected creates degenerative changes (see diagram below). Massage will reduce muscular adhesions and imbalance of soft tissues which also lead to faulty biomechanics. We recommend a healthy diet, following the USDA’s choosemyplate.gov Dietary Guidelines. Supplements can be helpful.
Check with Dr. Parks for recommendations that fit your needs and care plan.