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Posted on 05-19-2016

Gouty arthritis affects the knees, ankles and feet and is caused by an excess of uric acid that the kidneys cannot process. If you suffer from gout, you likely know that it often causes uncomfortable swelling and severe nighttime pain. But did you know that chiropractic care can relieve and lessen gout symptoms?

Besides the possibility of a person's body simply making too much uric acid, diet is often a major contributor. Certain foods contain high amounts of purine, which raises uric acid levels. While occasional intake of purine-rich foods might have no impact, regular consumption may.

That's where your chiropractor comes in. First, you will need to discuss your normal diet. Then, they will be able to educate you on which foods to avoid or cut back on to limit gout flare ups. Such foods may include certain types of meat and fish.

Your chiropractor may also suggest some foods that naturally reduce uric acid levels and inflammation. This can help to restore your body's balance.

Last but not least, adjustments may help to relieve some symptoms, such as swelling and tension. There may even be exercises that you can do on your own to decrease discomfort.

Of course, everyone is different and therefore, the treatment of gout depends much on the individual. Here at Lexington Family Chiropractic, we'd be happy to help you to determine the best course of treatment so that you can beat gout! Feel free to contact us with any questions or to make an appointment.

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