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How Homeopathy and Chiropractic Can Help Relieve Arthritis Pain?

A survey completed in 2007, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), showed that 38% of people in the United States are using forms of homeopathic or non-conventional medicine treatment options when it comes to their health care. Out of that 38%, there are more women than men using these methods. Additionally, it is often people with higher income levels and higher education that turn to homeopathy.

 There are a plethora of treatments that are considered to be homeopathic or non-conventional including:

●    Acupuncture
●    Chiropractic manipulation
●    Diet therapies
●    Massage
●    Meditation

Each of these can be administered to treat a vast number of health conditions. One common reason that over 35 million people in the country are seeking out chiropractic care is for pain. It isn't always necessarily back pain that brings these patients into the office either. A good number of the individuals looking for relief are dealing with arthritis. Discover how homeopathy and chiropractic care combined can help in relieving this ailment.

Symptoms Associated with Arthritis Pain

No two patients are ever going to be the same. They may be similar, but every person is an individual, and they have conditions and symptoms that are unique. Arthritis happens when there is inflammation in the joints. This is one health condition that generally tends to get worse with age. The main types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. When a person comes in complaining of or having any or all of these symptoms, it's likely they have arthritis:

●    A decrease in range of motion
●    Redness
●    Swelling
●    Stiffness
●    Pain and discomfort in the area affected
The reason for arthritis is often damage to the area or wear-and-tear of the cartilage over time. If the condition is severe enough, it can result in a bone on bone grinding which can lead to all of these symptoms listed above.

If a person visits a medical doctor, there is a high probability that he or she is going to be given a regimen of medication or even be given a recommendation for surgery. Those over-the-counter and prescription drugs come with a variety of undesirable side effects and surgery is as about as invasive as it can get. That's why people are seeking out homeopathy and chiropractic care to assist them through their time dealing with arthritis pain.

Homeopathic Treatments for Arthritis Pain
Homeopathy is still controversial amonst the medical field, mainly because, while homeopathic medicines are regulated by the FDA, they are not reviewed as prescription drugs are.   That doesn’t mean that people aren’t using them though.  Homeopathic medicines are what many people turn to for natural treatment because they know that they are going to see results and that they are safe.

The best way to treat arthritis pain with homeopathic methods is by starting with the remedies that are available as soon as the disease starts affecting the body. The longer a person waits, the less likely the methods implemented by homeopathic professionals are going to be effective. When arthritis reaches a certain level, it is no longer curable, and no form of treatment is going to work. You may get some relief from homeopathic medicines, but the arthritis is going to progress nonetheless.

The premise of homeopathic medicine or treatment is that healing occurs when a person is given a medicinal substance or combination of substances. It is different than the suppression that occurs with pharmaceutical medications. Chiropractors can get homeopathic compounds to treat their patients from health food stores and homeopathic suppliers to help with arthritis pain. The  most common types used include:

●    Arnica – joint pains due to or made worse by injury
●    Bryonia - for pain that gets worse with movement
●    Caulophyllum - small joint issues
●    Colchicum - arthritis pain with changes in weather
●    Guaiacum - small joint including fingers and wrists
●    Kali bichromicum - pain in a small area that gets worse in early morning hours (2:00 AM - 4:00 AM)
●    Ledum - pain in ankles, first toe, balls of the feet
●    Rhus tox - stiffness
●    Rhododendron - restlessness of legs
●    Ruta - arthritis after trauma

Administering Homeopathic Medications
To start a patient on a homeopathic treatment plan it is recommended to begin dosages at a 30C or diluted 30 times by 100. In severe cases, the dosage can be given at a 200C level. The remedies can be taken three to five times a day for two or three days in a row. It has also been proven that they can be taken hourly for the most severe pain. When the discomforts start to be relieved, then the dosage can be reduced.

When the homeopathic remedy that has been given to an individual patient is no longer working, it should be re-evaluated. When other symptoms arise in conjunction with existing ones, patients have to look at the new issue they are dealing with as a whole instead of individual problems. Then, the best remedy for the entire condition can be given for the most effective form of treatment.

How A Chiropractor Can Help
Chiropractors often work within a team to provide healthcare to their patients. It may be a medical doctor, a massage therapist, and the chiropractor for instance that join together to put together a treatment plan that works towards achieving overall health and wellness for the individual. No two treatment plans are ever going to be the same, so it's essential to fully understand the person's medical history and current state of health to create a program that's going to be effective.

Some chiropractors will work alongside homeopathic professionals right inside of their office for the convenience to the patients that wish to receive this type of care. Not all chiropractors are qualified to decide what kinds of homeopathic medicines are going to work in a particular case, so that's why this combination of forces works so well. While the professional of homeopathy works on creating a mixture of substances that are going to benefit the patient, the chiropractor can work on the physical body.

Chiropractors knowledgeable in the treatment of arthritis pain know that there should be no direct contact with the inflamed joint causing the discomfort. That will only lead to more pain and problems. Instead, they work on the surrounding tissues to help in alleviating the pain. Chiropractors at Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab Anchorage office and throughout the United States can also implement additional therapies including:

●    Infrared sauna - heat application for increased circulation and pain relief
●    Cold or low-level laser - reduction of inflammation deep in the tissues
●    Electrotherapy - stimulation of muscles and nerves
●    Ultrasounds - reduction of swelling and lowering of stiffness and pain

A consultation with a chiropractor and homeopathic professional will help in creating a treatment plan that works for each individual that is dealing with arthritis pain. Adjustments can be made to the natural health care option when something isn't working without any concern for side effects that could occur with more traditional medical treatment options.

About Dr. Brent Wells


Dr. Brent Wells is a graduate of the University of Nevada where he earned his bachelor's of science degree before moving on to complete his doctorate from Western States Chiropractic College. He founded Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab in Alaska in 1998. He became passionate about the chiropractic field after his experiences with hurried, unprofessional healthcare providers. The goal for Dr. Wells is to treat his patients with compassion while providing them with a better quality of life through his professional treatment. Dr. Wells is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians.




Works Cited
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Key Facts About the Chiropractic Profession. (n.d.). Retrieved August 7, 2018, from American Chiropractic Association: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/deep-vein-thrombosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352557
The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States. (n.d.). Retrieved September 11, 2018, from National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: https://nccih.nih.gov/research/statistics/2007/camsurvey_fs1.htm