Oriental medicine (OM), also known as Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a healing art that existed in some form or other for more than 3,000 years. Some of the earlier texts date back from the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 ACE). In the western world, it is commonly known as acupuncture. However, acupuncture is only one of several modalities that physicians of TCM use to treat patients. TCM emphasizes the role of the body in the healing process and uses herbs and natural agents to maintain health. It is an effective form of treatment and a particularly safe form of therapy. TCM is a complete medical system that takes into account every aspect of human life to promote health and well-being. It sees the body as one whole entity like a “Garden” and encompasses its physical, emotional, energetic, as well as its spiritual aspects. It emphasizes on the “Vis medicatrix” the “healing power of nature” better known as “the inborn ability of the human body to respond to the insult of illness or injury and restore itself to health in most episodes of disease or trauma (Whorton, 2002, p. 6).” The goal for treatment is boosting the ecological condition to favor self-regulatory capacity. Physicians in the eastern world are trained to examine skin, complexion, bones, channels, smells, sounds, mental state, preferences, emotions, tongue, pulse, demeanor, and body build to discern patterns that underlie a patient’s complaints. TCM’s wholistic approach to healing addresses the underlying cause of disease, and allows the body to heal itself naturally. Physicians are taught to treat the cause not just the symptoms of an illness so that the body can function more efficiently and therefore ensuring true health.
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Osteoarthritis, also known as OA or simply referred to as arthritis, is a condition associated with wear and tear of a joint space. Throughout our daily activities, we put our joints through a lot of abuse! Things like prolonged sitting or standing, poor posture, or poor lifting techniques, as well as repetitive activities such as typing or playing sports can cause irritation to various joints in your body. If this irritation to the joint spaces is left untreated for an extended period of time, you may end up developing arthritis. This condition is marked by bony changes called "bone spurs" or "osteophytes" in the joint space that can lead to decreased motion and pain in the joint space. There is also often a decrease in the joint space which can also lead to further pain and restricted motion. Since chiropractors are extensively well versed in the diagnosis, treatment and management of joint conditions, osteoarthritis is certainly one that your chiropractor will be able to diagnose and help you manage.
Symptoms of arthritis include pain and stiffness in the joints, often worse in the morning, as well as decreased range of motion in the affected joints. Patients with arthritis may have a difficult time performing seemingly simple daily activities such as driving, doing household chores, or personal grooming due to the pain and stiffness in their joints. There are no specific blood tests that can be done to check for arthritis, however, an examination done by a physician, and x-rays of the affected area, will allow you to confirm the presence of arthritis. Because arthritis develops over time, it is more common in elderly individuals. However, younger patients are not immune to this condition! Secondary arthritis is a condition in which arthritis develops after, and as a result of, a different injury to a joint space. For example, if you injure your knee playing football, you may begin to change the way you walk as a result of the pain or a change in the joint space from the injury. This may cause you to put uneven weight on parts of your knee joint, which may lead to uneven wear and tear, and therefore the onset of arthritis in the joint space. Prevention and management of this condition is possible naturally and through the use of chiropractic care. After your evaluation, your chiropractor will come up with a treatment plan to help you manage your condition and give you advise on what you can do at home to help prevent your condition from getting worse. There are several different conditions that can cause joint pain so be sure to seek out an evaluation by a doctor before attempting to treat the condition on your own. Feel free out check out the links below for more information on different common conditions that can cause joint pain. If you have further questions, feel free to contact our Daytona Beach office, and we will gladly schedule you by an evaluation for Dr. Fleming.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!