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Arthritis: Exercise, Chiropractic Care, and Laser Therapy

September 25, 2017, 1:32 pm

What is the one of the most helpful ways to prevent and treat arthritis?  Exercise! Balanced with rest, it is critical for the treatment of arthritis. Chiropractic Care and Laser Therapy also provide great benefits to one suffering with arthritis.

Years ago, doctors hardly ever told arthritis patients to “go take a hike” or “go for a swim.” Arthritis was considered an inherent part of the aging process and a signal to a patient that it’s time to slow down. But not so anymore, recent research and clinical findings show that there is much more to life for arthritis patients than the traditional recommendation of bed rest and drug therapy.

pic runningExercise is critical in successful arthritis management. It helps maintain healthy and strong muscles, joint mobility, flexibility, endurance, and helps control weight.  Rest, on the other hand, helps to decrease active joint inflammation, pain, and fatigue. For best results, arthritis patients need a good balance between the two: more rest during the active phase of arthritis, and more exercise during remission.  During acute systematic flares or local joint flares of arthritis, patients should put joints gently through their full range of motion once a day, with periods of rest.  To see how much rest is best during flares of arthritis, patients should talk to their health care providers.

Chiropractic care can also greatly help the arthritic patient.  Chiropractic adjustments help restore the body’s natural ability to function and heal itself, providing more relief to patients with arthritis.  Chiropractic care can reduce pain, help increase range of motion, lessen stiffness, and help increase circulation and nerve function to all areas of the body by removing interference to those nerves. Chiropractic helps the body to heal itself. Chiropractic is also a great alternative to drugs and other invasive therapies.

Laser therapy has also shown great benefits in reducing pain during flare ups. Laser therapy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the affected area.  This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.

To find out more about chiropractic and laser therapy as treatments for arthritis and other conditions, please click the following links:

Chiropractic

Laser Therapy

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor certified in Class IV Laser Therapy.  He provides chiropractic, laser, and other wellness therapies for patients with arthritis and many other conditions in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute!

Chiropractic for Joint Pain

October 14, 2016, 10:08 pm

Did you know that Chiropractic can be very effective for Joint Pain?  Chiropractic is associated with back and neck pain, but is also effective for pain in joints and extremities.  Many chiropractors are able to treat joint pain, in fact, the spine and skull are made up of joints! Joints are where two bones connect with each other.  They are the space between the bones that allow for proper movement and function.  Your body has three main types of joints: Fixed Joints that barely move, such as the sutures in your skull; Cartilaginous Joints that are between joints that are joined by cartilage (see diagram); and Synovial Joints that move in many different directions, such as your shoulder, hip, elbow, ankle joints, etc.  When the joints move properly, your muscles and ligaments function at optimal levels, affording you no pain.  However, when the joints do not work properly, this leads to many problems.  When joints do not work properly, muscles and ligaments cannot function properly either.  They may shorten or elongate, depending on the underlying joint problem, leading to irritation of local tissues and nerves.  This leads to pain and dysfunction that compounds until the underlying issue is resolved.

Chiropractic Joint Pain
What causes joints not to work properly?  There are three main factors that cause joint dysfunction.  Mechanical dysfunction occurs with macro trauma (big trauma) such as an auto accident or other injury, and micro trauma as in repetitive use injury (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow). Chemical factors include diet and environmental toxins.  If your diet is inflammatory, your joints will be more likely to swell easier and be more susceptible to injury.  Mental stress affects hormones, chemicals, muscle tension, stomach acid, etc. Stress can affect the body’s environment such that healthy joint function (and other body function) is hard to maintain.
Many joint injuries can be fixed naturally, without surgery…through chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractors correct the underlying cause of joint dysfunction so that the body can restore normal ranges of motion. Chiropractic adjustments also allow the area of pain (the surrounding soft tissues) resulting from the dysfunction to heal.

Many are familiar with the following lyrics of a popular children’s song, “The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the hip bone…” This children’s song illustrates a foundational biomechanical principle. If the bones in the body are connected, they will affect each other in a positive or negative way.

The term used to describe this relationship is the Kinetic Chain. If the feet are connected to the legs and the legs are connected to the back, then it is safe to conclude that a condition in the feet can affect the low back. If the shoulders are connected to the neck, then structural problems of the bones in the shoulder can directly affect neck pain. Because there is such an intimate relationship and influence of one joint to every other in the body, chiropractic adjustments of the joint and extremities is essential for providing quality health care.

For more information on joint and extremity adjusting through chiropractic, please see our Sports Injury page HERE.

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor who specializes in treating joint pain, sports injuries and non-athletic extremity conditions.  He is a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (C.C.E.P.) and provides care in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute!

Arthritis: Exercise is a Critical Key

February 12, 2016, 9:11 pm

What is the one of the most helpful ways to prevent and treat arthritis?  Exercise! Balanced with rest, it is critical for treatment of arthritis.

Years ago, doctors hardly ever told arthritis patients to “go take a hike” or “go for a swim.” Arthritis was considered an inherent part of the aging process and a signal to a patient that it’s time to slow down. But not so anymore, recent research and clinical findings show that there is much more to life for arthritis patients than the traditional recommendation of bed rest and drug therapy.

pic runningExercise is critical in successful arthritis management. It helps maintain healthy and strong muscles, joint mobility, flexibility, endurance, and helps control weight.  Rest, on the other hand, helps to decrease active joint inflammation, pain, and fatigue. For best results, arthritis patients need a good balance between the two: more rest during the active phase of arthritis, and more exercise during remission.  During acute systematic flares or local joint flares of arthritis, patients should put joints gently through their full range of motion once a day, with periods of rest.  To see how much rest is best during flares of arthritis, patients should talk to their health care providers.

Chiropractic care can also greatly help the arthritic patient.  Chiropractic helps restore the body’s natural ability to function and heal itself, providing more relief to patients with arthritis.  Chiropractic can reduce pain, help increase range of motion, lessen stiffness, and help increase circulation and nerve function to all areas of the body by removing interference to those nerves.

Laser therapy has also shown great benefits in reducing pain during flare ups. Laser therapy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the affected area.  This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.

To find out more about chiropractic and laser therapy as treatments for arthritis and other conditions, please click the following links:

Chiropractic

Laser Therapy

Dr. Trent Burrup is a chiropractor certified in Class IV Laser Therapy and provides care for patients with arthritis and many other conditions in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas including West Jordan, South Jordan, Sandy, Draper, Taylorsville, Murray, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Holiday, Millcreek, West Valley City, and South Salt Lake.  We also provide service to patients that come from the Utah County area and as far north as Logan, and even some from out of state…come experience the difference at The Institute!