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Posted on 05-14-2018

Will This Help My Arthritis?                  Article of the week May 14 to 18, 2018

A question I commonly get asked in the office is whether or not the chiropractic care that we provide will benefit arthritis.  To answer this question, it is important to understand what arthritis is and what causes it. 

There are many different kinds of arthritis but the most common type by far is osteoarthritis which is simply the wearing or degeneration of the cartilage that creates space between two bones.  As the cartilage wears and thins, the bones creep closer together and the edges of the bones can become irregular and bone spurs can also start to form.  Weight bearing joints including the knees, hips and spine are the most common joints where osteoarthritis will appear.

While other forms of arthritis can be caused by an autoimmune reaction (your body's own immune system attacking and damaging the cartilage), osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical stress. The 3 most common things related to the cause of osteoarthritis are being overweight, having a specific injury (car accident or sports injury that damaged a joint), or long-standing subluxation that puts chronic stress on a specific joint.

Subluxation simply means something is out of alignment.  If your hips or pelvis are out of alignment, it can cause one leg to be shorter and cause damage in the knee or hip joint and make you an eventual candidate for a replacement.  If your spine is out of alignment, it can cause damage and degeneration in the discs and joints of the spine.  Too many people believe that arthritis is an inevitable part of getting old.  You can prevent, manage and slow the progression of arthritis simply by making sure you are properly aligned.

The big picture of spinal arthritis has to do with the nervous system.  Remember, the main purpose of your spine is to protect your spinal cord.  Damage to the spine causes pressure, tension and choking on not only the nerves but the spinal cord itself.  This becomes a whole-body issue because these nerves control the entire body.  The health of your entire body is directly related to the health of your spine.

Looking after you spine on an ongoing basis equates to optimizing the function of your nerve system, and in turn optimizing the function and healing of your entire body. 

Yours in Health,

Dr. Tim

Grace Chiropractic – 1-3230 Monarch Drive – 705-323-9100 – http://gracechiropractic.ca

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For the first time in 10 years I didn't have a headache when I woke up - after only one adjustment!

Orillia, ON

Highly recommend Grace Chiropractic. Their approach to chiropractic care is truly life changing. Myself and my family have all been customers of Grace and have had excellent experiences. Since starting my program with Dr. Tim I have experienced significant relief and continue to receive treatments weekly!

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Orillia, ON

I have been seeing Dr. Tim and his team since December 2016. I am grateful for every adjustment I've received. Instead of just treating your current ailment, Dr. Tim goes after the overall health of your spine and nervous system as you will learn at your info session. I came to Dr. Tim with tingling hands and numbness in both my arms, not only has this improved but I'd say by February I was feeling the best I've felt for the past 7 years.....body, mind and soul. And I have my Grace team, my denne roll and the few stretches Dr. Tim has given me to thank for it! So what are you waiting for.....give my Grace family a call today....you will not regret it!!

Laura Finlay
Orillia, ON

I have been attending Grace Chiropractic for many years now. Dr Tim was the first chiropractor I saw, and he is is much more than just a chiropractor. Dr Tim and the rest of the office staff are so focused on the well being, mind, body and soul, of each of their patients. You never walk into the office without a warm greeting, and you always leave with an uplifted spirit. Dr Tim not only makes adjustments and corrects any pain, but he gives you the tools to adjust your lifestyle to ensure you are the healthiest version of yourself. I am very grateful to all the staff at Grace Chiropractic!

Rebecca Ruiter
Orillia, ON