If you’ve ever had a headache, you know how irritating and frustrating they can be. And you’re not alone: approximately 4.5 million Canadians suffer from recurring migraines and tension headaches. Millions of dollars are spent on over the counter medications and prescription drugs to help combat the pain, but unfortunately for many people, they provide minimal relief. Probably not what you wanted to hear!
September is Arthritis Awareness month, and while you may not suffer from arthritis, you probably know someone who does.
Arthritis comes in many forms (over 100) and affects people of all ages. According to the Arthritis Society, 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from arthritis, 59.5% of them being women. It is Canada’s most prevalent chronic health condition.
Although there are many different types of arthritis, the most commonly diagnosed and most commonly known type is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that leads to a breakdown of joint cartilage and the underlying bone. It progresses slowly, and can cause joint stiffness, swelling, and pain, which will most often come and go. Over time, symptoms can worsen and become more constant, affecting many daily activities and quality of life.
While there is no cure, chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for managing OA and its symptoms. Studies have shown that chiropractic treatments and patient education are more effective for treating OA when compared to daily stretching or education alone. Chiropractors can help maintain alignment, preventing excess stress on the joints affected, reduce pain, help relax overused muscles, and provide lifestyle and dietary recommendations. The goal isn’t to get rid of the disease, but to help reduce symptoms to allow you to continue enjoying your daily activities and hobbies.
If you or someone you know is suffering from OA, and current methods of care and treatment aren’t reducing its symptoms, consider adding chiropractic care to your treatment options.