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Do I have Arthritis?

This is a question we get asked of, a lot. Firstly, did you know that there are about 100 different forms of arthritis and arthritis related diseases?

The great news is that Chiropractic with Chiropractic-Led massage can be two effective ways of managing (along with appropriate nutrition and exercise advice) the most common forms such as Osteoarthritis (OA), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) and Fibromyalgia.

By far the most common type of arthritis that we see and help with here in the centre is Osteoarthritis. This is commonly referred to as the “wear and tear” arthritis. It predominately effects the weight bearing and most used joints of the body such as the thumbs, shoulders, spine, hips and knees. Incorrect and overuse of these joints over time, causes a breakdown of the cartilage which protects the joints. If you have this type of arthritis you may be suffering from joint pain / stiffness and sometimes swelling of the joints can occur. Pain normally worsens with use and eases with rest.

Whilst OA is the mechanical wearing down of the joints, RA is an autoimmune disease where the body incorrectly attacks its own body tissues, including the cartilage between the bones. If your joint pain is at its worse in the morning and you suffer bouts of severe fatigue, then we would ask your GP for a blood test to check for RA.


Fibromyalgia is something we are helping with more and more these days. Fibromyalgia has a long list of symptoms, including fatigue with muscle and joint pains and these symptoms can come and go with stress being a common trigger.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is similar to RA in that it too is an autoimmune disease, the body attacks itself. In PsA it is the connective tissues such as the tendons and ligaments which become effected, as well as in some cases causing skin complaints (Psoriasis.)

The great news is that the slowing down and in some cases, the repairing of joints effected by OA, is possible with a course of appropriate Chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care may not be able to reverse the cause of RA/PsA and Fibromyalgia but appropriate care combined with Chiropractic Led-massage, can in most cases ease some of the symptoms and in our opinion, should be considered as an option for those looking for a way to manage these conditions.

A body with a well aligned spine and joints functions better than one that doesn’t. Chiropractic is well placed to steer your body back to health.

Want to find out if Chiropractic care could help you? Give our warm and uplifting team a call today: 0161 763 1700.