While arthritis is typically an ailment senior citizens experience, younger people may also experience arthritis. There are many different types of arthritis. Senior citizens commonly experience rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, but did you know that aggressive chiropractic adjustments can cause arthritis as well? Especially in the hips area. Constant aggressive manipulations to the hips can cause rubbing of the bones which leads to wear and tear that eventually leads to arthritis. I should know because this happened to me..
My Story with Arthritis
When I had my first child, I would carry her on my hips all the time. I didn’t realize I’d be paying for this for the rest of my life. I carried her on my hips till one day my hips went out. Similar to your back going out, I had woken up one morning to go to work, was washing my hands and I felt a pinch in my back, not thinking anything of it I continued to get ready. The more I walked the more I could feel something was terribly wrong. In a matter of minutes my hips had twisted and I was down on the ground barely able to stand. It is a scary experience to say the least. I went to an aggressive chiropractor who, after several adjustments, made it better but it was never fully better so then I tried physical therapy and while that helped, it still didn’t seem to keep my hips in place. I kept having to go back to the chiropractor time after time. I eventually started seeing other aggressive chiropractors to see if they could fix it, like mine was maybe doing it the wrong way. No luck. I finally did some research and found an “atlas” chiropractor. She was different, in that she manipulated the atlas at the base of the neck first and then adjusted everything else with an activator. Finally, after months of dealing with this, she was able to get my hips back in place. But after the initial X-rays she took of my hips, she had told me that all of the aggressive manipulations I had received caused arthritis in my hips. I still have issues of my hips going out. In fact, it seems like it happens once a year because I do something to trigger it. This last time, it was because of a squat machine in the gym I workout in. Apparently, I was using my lower back muscles and pulled my hips out. Regardless, I am having to do lots of core exercises (glutes, lower back bending, abs) daily to strengthen those muscles and keep those muscles strong to hold my adjustments. That is something I will always have to do. In regard to treating arthritis..
Calcium and Vitamin D Treatment of Arthritis
Due to arthritis, I had a constant ache in my hips. Since then, I take Wobenzym to help with the aches, and it actually has helped tremendously. It is a natural, plant based enzyme supplement that works to reduce the inflammation and help support the muscles in that area. Wobenzym can get expensive. The cheapest place I’ve found for Douglas Labs Wobenzym Plus is at Healthy Plant Canada. I recommend buying this product from them. A lot of people are on drugs for their arthritis, but I wasn’t willing to go that route. Along with the Wobenzym, I’ve upped my Calcium intake (750 mg) and Vitamin D (six capsules a day). Doing this has freed me of the pain in my hips caused by arthritis.
I’ve read several stories like mine where calcium helped as well, which leads me to believe that arthritis is caused by an erosion of the bones. While, oftentimes, I believe arthritis is confused with inflammation in the body as the cause, but to me, this is the result of the erosion. It’s possible that the weakening of the bone aggravates the condition or makes it more painful.
Comfrey Treatment of Arthritis
- Comfrey Poultice – Comfrey is an herb, more commonly used in cold remedies as a tea. To make a poultice from this herb, you will need to grind up several leaves very fine, spread this mixture on a cloth adding water if it seems to dry and bind it around the area with arthritis covering with plastic if need be. Tape this all together and let sit overnight. In the morning, take it off and repeat this for at least two weeks or more till the pain is gone. You shouldn’t have to do this again after two weeks but apply as often as needed.
Starwest Botanicals Inc. sells excellent quality, organic Comfrey.
Alfalfa Treatment of Arthritis
There is an herb that is great for relieving arthritis as well-Alfalfa. Alfalfa tea, four or five glasses a day, every day will bring great relief and fight inflammation. Now, this treatment is made with the seed, not the leaves. Use 1 oz alfalfa seed (untreated) with 1 1/4 pints of hot water. You don’t want this boiling, but hot enough to cook. Use an enamel or glass pan, and not metal. Cook with the lid on for 1 1/2 hours. After cooking, strain and squeeze, pressing the seeds dry. Cool and refrigerate as soon as possible. You can add honey to taste, although I prefer no honey in my tea. To use daily, you just mix a strong base of tea with half water (or to taste) for hot or cold tea. Drink four or five glasses a day for at least two weeks to start to feel relief.
“Alfalfa seeds can provide a broad spectrum of nutrition with a vast array of vitamins and minerals…. Alfalfa is an herb rich in chlorophyll, which helps to purify the blood and eliminate uric acid. This can help relieve joint pain. Folk medicine gives high regard to this herb in cases of arthritis, rheumatism and other inflammation. Dr. Gary Null also includes alfalfa in his herbal recommendations for easing arthritis.” – Livestrong
Keep in mind the following….
“Alfalfa tea made from leaves is most likely safe, but tea made from the seeds may cause harm if taken for a long period of time. Consult your doctor before taking alfalfa tea if you have an autoimmune disease, are pregnant or breast-feeding, have had a kidney transplant, have a hormone-sensitive condition or have diabetes. Do not take alfalfa tea if you are taking blood thinners such as products containing warfarin. Talk to your doctor about taking alfalfa tea if you are taking other medications or supplements.” – Livestrong
Starwest Botanicals Inc. sells premium, organic alfalfa seeds. I recommend them as theirs is high quality and is very affordable.
Including Vitamin C in the diet and removing certain foods helps as well.
- Vitamin C Treatment of Arthritis – 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily (I’ve heard of this being really good for those with rheumatoid arthritis)
Not all Vitamin C supplements are the same and I would recommend avoiding anything that is synthetic and not naturally derived from a plant source. If you are going to take a Vitamin C supplement, I highly recommend
Pure Synergy Pure Radiance C 100% Natural Wholefood Vitamin C 90 Vegetable Capsules by The Synergy Company. It is wildcrafted from berries and provides a great source of Vitamin C. Now you’ll have to take quite a bit of these to achieve 3,000 mg a day (1 capsule is 120 mg), but you’ll find that with most Vitamin C products you buy. Unlike some other vitamins, you can’t take “too much” or overdose on Vitamin C. Your body will simply eliminate any extra Vitamin C taken in that is not absorbed.
- Environmental Sensitivity – Some scientists believe that arthritis may be caused by special sensitivity to the environment which is why I think most older people disappear to warmer areas during winter months. But this may include, not only the temperatures at which you are exposed to, but the food you eat, the chemicals you’re exposed to, and/or drugs you may have been taking.
- Food Sensitivity – Some people have relieved their arthritis pain by simply removing foods from their diet. This would include sugar, bread, citrus fruits, etc. You can experiment on your own with a food journal, but this search can also be facilitated by a nutritionist or allergist. Years and years ago, a scientist by the name of Dr. Norman Childers, came up with a theory that symptoms of arthritis could be helped by eliminating all food members of the nightshade family. Whether this is true or not, I’m unsure. Keep in mind, with elimination diets this must be done for at least a month at a time and maybe longer to achieve results.
When buying vitamins, make sure you are buying a vitamin product that is not synthesized, but rather taken from a whole food or plant source. These are much better for you. I hope one of these treatments work for you. If you try one of the treatments I’ve presented, please let me know your experience – I’d love to hear them!