Have you caught yourself groaning in pain when performing certain actions because they cause your “bad knee” or “bad wrist” to act up? You just may have chronic joint pain, and you’re not alone. More than 600,000 Canadians live with inflammatory arthritis that results from joint pain conditions.
If you’re suffering from joint pain or arthritis, call Equilibrium today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled massage therapists, chiropractors, or physiotherapists. Our clinic may be able to help alleviate your joint pain so you can get moving comfortably once again without being held back by your pain.
What is joint pain?
The joints are what form the connections between bones and help provide movement. Joint pain is a very common condition, most often occurring in the knees, shoulders, and hips. Joint pain can occur in any area of the joint, including the muscles, tendons, bone, cartilage, and ligaments. This pain can be mild or severe, but if it lasts for several weeks or months, it becomes chronic. When this happens, it’s time to contact a medical professional for help.
Many factors may be causing your joint pain, including but not limited to the following:
- An infection of the bone or joint
How can physiotherapy relieve my joint pain?
Joint pain is not something you need to handle on your own! A skilled movement specialist at Equilibrium will be able to properly assess your joint pain to find out where it’s originating from.
There are many different techniques in physiotherapy for targeting joint pain.
Treatment for this condition is focused on reducing pain, swelling, and stiffness as well as improving joint function. It can also make it easier for you to walk, bend, kneel, squat, and sit down without trouble.
Physiotherapy is often recommended by doctors for patients suffering from chronic joint pain. A physiotherapist can do a full assessment of your condition, ask questions about your joint pain in order to determine the root cause of the problem, and create a customized routine exercise program for you to do on your own.
This can speed up recovery and progress even when you’re not in the office. Another added bonus is that Equilibrium physiotherapy may also help you to avoid the need for medications or surgeries.
How can chiropractic care relieve joint pain?
Physiotherapy is not the only form of treatment that can help you if you’re suffering from joint pain — chiropractic care also exists!
A chiropractor is trained to properly adjust the spine and extremity joints with manipulation and mobilization techniques. Chiropractic adjustments help to increase mobility in the affected area, thus reducing pain and enabling a greater range of motion.
An Equilibrium chiropractor may use techniques such as mobilization, mechanical traction, or manual traction to help increase your range of motion and improve joint pain. Our chiropractor will provide a likely cause of your joint pain after asking you health-related questions or ordering diagnostic tests. Then they will choose strategic treatment methods to relieve your joint pain through adjustment therapy or joint mobilization and manipulation techniques.
If you would like to learn more about the differences and benefits of physiotherapy versus chiropractic care, call Equilibrium today.
How can massage therapy relieve joint pain?
Massage therapy is yet another form of treatment that can help relieve joint pain. It improves blood circulation, which lowers the amount of soreness your muscles experience. Better circulation means that your muscles are getting enough blood supply to prevent stiffness and tension. Your muscles and joints will work and feel better after therapeutic massage!
Flourish explains “Massage can help different forms of arthritis in specific ways. For example, if you are living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), massage can improve healthy circulation throughout the arthritic joints, reducing swelling and improving quality of life. Avoid massages on affected joints during an RA flare-up, however. For osteoarthritis, massage can help decrease swelling and pain, improve joint mobility and provide tension and stress relief.” Deep tissue massage techniques are used to decrease stiffness and manually increase the levels of oxygen and nutrients flowing to the areas you’re experiencing the most pain.
Ready to kick your joint pain?
Joint pain is not something that will go away if you ignore it, and unfortunately, it can get in the way of the things you enjoy doing every day. Thankfully, there are tons of treatment options at Equilibrium. Call us to learn more about our chiropractic, physiotherapy, and massage treatment services for joint pain today.