THE CHIROPRACTIC APPROACH
Chiropractic is not a treatment for arthritis, but if you have arthritis you must have your spine checked for spinal nerve stress by a chiropracton Spinal nerve stress damages the nervous system, stresses the immune system, puts the body in a weakened state and can set the stage for sicknesses and diseases of all kinds – arthritis included. Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and free the body from spinal nerve stress. Research has shown that most patients with rheumatoid arthritis have severe spinal rnisalignments, especially in the upper neck area.
Another study showed that nearly 90% of osteoartritis sufferers improved under chiropractic care. Many other studies have shown the benefit of spinal adjustments for arthritis sufferers.
Chiropractic teaches us to respect and work with the natural wisdom of the body and to improve our health by removing interferences to normal body function. Along with removing spinal nerve stress, you may need to change your eating habits, lose weight, quit smoking, exercise and deal with emotional stress differently. Search out the most natural, conservative methods before submitting to more dangerous (drug and medical) care. The body has a wisdom that far exceeds our own. It can cure diseases that have no known cure. It has done so in arthritis eases where thc disease simply disappears.
A SYSTEMIC DISEASE
Arthritis is a disease of the whole body (a systematic disease) that is most dramatically seen in the joints. The word “arthritis” may include more than 100 conditions, many that were formerly known as “rheumatism.” Very few people with arthritis are crippled. In fact, arthritis may have the condition for many years, even decades, and never know it! You may have some arthritis right now.
Osteoarthritis or OA, also called degenerative joint disease, is the most common arthritis of all; almost everyone over the age of 50 has a touch of it. As one text says: “Arthritis is almost as inevitable…as graying of the hair.” In many people it causes pain and in some it causes partial or even total incapacitation. OA is considered the result of too much spinal stress that creates wear and tear on the joints. It is often a sign that the spinal column is unbalanced. Bone growths called “lipping” and “spurring; which are the signs that the body’s defense body is trying to strengthen the area by building up more bone. Sometimes the bony growth may compress nerves, cause pain and affect the health of internal organs. Recent research has shown that chiropractic care can reverse some of the effects of osteoarthritis – something previously considered impossible.
RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA)
This is the crippler that can destroy joints, affect the heart, blood vessels, eyes, skin, muscles and other organs. It’s accompanied by fatigue, weight loss and acute pain. It often appears suddenly in someone in their 30s or 40s – it may disappear just as suddenly!
VERY FEW PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS ARE CRIPPLED. IN FACT, ARTHRITICS MAY HAVE THE CONDITION FOR MANY YEARS, EVEN DECADES AND NEVER KNOW IT! YOU MAY HAVE ARTHRITIS NOW!
No one seems to know what causes it or why some recover and others do not. The best medical care can provide is physical therapy such as hot water baths and drugs for the pain and inflammation. Growing evidence has led many researchers to believe that RA is an immune system (autoimmune) disease; the body is attacking itself because the immune system is malfuctioning.
JUVENILE RHEUMATOID (JRA)
This is similar to adult RA except it occurs in children. In over half the cases the disease simply disappears. In less than one-sixth of the cases is there severe disability. Other organs can be affected, plus high fever, rash and pain in the joints. Again, no one knows its cause, cure, treatment, how it comes about or why it disappears in so many cases. It’s cause is being linked by some to childhood immunizations. There now exists a growing theoretical concern which Iink immunizations to the huge increase in recent decades this includes auto-immune diseases, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, lymphoma, and even leukemia.
SOME OTHER TYPES OF ARTHRITIS
Ankylosing spondylitis or Maric-Strumpell disease is a form of rheumatoid arthritis that can fuse the spine! A chiropractor/researcher analyzed the skeleton of a victim of this disease and showed severe is alignments that were preserved in death in the fused joints!
Gout is an arthritis characterized by chemical crystals deposited in the large toe but it can spread to other joints. We should not get too hung up on the names of different forms of arthritis, as one researcher cautions us: “Too many doctors… spend wasted time naming the patient’s rheumatic diseases…. More time should be spent on conducting chiropractic analysis to identity subluxations…and carefully research a patient’s history to uncover personal habits that may have contributed to the development of the condition.”
THE MEDICAL APPPROACH: TO ARTHRITIS
The medical profession offers no cure for arthritis; the underlying cause is unknown. Therefore treatment of symptoms – a lifetime of taking drugs, heat, hot packs or exercises in warm water and similar treatments – are suggested. If a joint becomes severely deteriorated then surgery may be considered. Such as an Artificial knee replacement.
Aspirin, while it may reduce pain, stiffness and inflammation, often requires eight to 24 tablets a day and can cause stomach irritation, bleeding and ulcers. Drugs such as TylenolJM, IndocinTM, Advill and NaprosynTM can cause kidney damage and hemorrhage of the esophagus,stom- ach, duodenum and small intestine. Approximately 10,000 arthritic sufferers die every year from the gastrointestinal complications of various arthritis drugs.’
Steroids, with prolonged use, may cause thinning and weakening of the bones. Gold salts may cause skin rashes and mouth ulcers.
Robert Mendelsohn, M.D. cautioned people to be wary of new arthritis drugs, “If you rush to take it, do so with the full knowledge that you are being a guinea pig. The longer a drug is on the market, the more will be known about its side effects.
This occurred when Oraflex went on the market. It was removed from the market in the same year by its manufacturer, after 73 deaths from the drug were reported.