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Managing Lupus Symptoms with Chiropractic Care

Published Date: 
March 20, 2023
A young woman with lupus is suffering from joint pain in her finger.

A chiropractor can help ease pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility by providing various manipulation techniques to the spine, joints, and muscles. In addition, they may provide lifestyle advice to help manage stress levels that could exacerbate lupus symptoms. 

However, chiropractic care should always be used in conjunction with the guidance of a doctor or healthcare provider. It is essential to understand that chiropractic treatment and other natural treatments may not be suitable for everyone. Some people with lupus require conventional medicine. Discuss all options with your primary healthcare provider before seeing a chiropractor. Additionally, if symptoms persist after trying conservative treatments, it is crucial to seek medical attention.

Understanding Lupus

Lupus or systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, leading to inflammation and damage to various body parts.

Symptoms of lupus include: 

  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain 
  • Swelling
  • Skin rash or lesions
  • Kidney problems
  • Chest pain when taking a deep breath

No single test or symptom can be used to diagnose lupus, so diagnosis is based on a combination of symptoms and laboratory tests. Lupus treatment options vary from patient to patient but typically include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, antimalarial drugs, and immunosuppressive agents. 

Partnering with a knowledgeable healthcare professional to develop the best treatment plan for your individual needs is essential.

The exact cause of lupus is unknown, but it’s thought to be an autoimmune condition. This means that your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues in your body. Lupus can affect any part of the body, including the skin, joints, and organs.

Person holding up a purple support ribbon.

It's believed that genetics may play a role in the development of lupus, as the disease is more common in certain ethnic groups. In addition, environmental factors such as infections or exposure to certain drugs may also trigger the development of lupus. Stress can also be a contributing factor. It weakens the immune system and makes it more prone to an attack.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Lupus?

Chiropractic care can help people with lupus in a variety of ways. It is believed that proper alignment of the spine and other joints can improve the range of motion, reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and ease pain associated with the condition. 

In addition, chiropractic adjustments may help to regulate the nervous system, which could have a beneficial effect on lupus symptoms. 

Additionally, chiropractors often utilize other modalities, such as massage and stretching, which can help to reduce pain and stiffness.

A man is getting a chiropractic adjustment to help manage Lupus symptoms.

Finally, you should not overlook the emotional benefits of receiving chiropractic care; many patients report feeling more energized and less stressed after regular sessions with their practitioner.

Managing Lupus Symptoms with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can be an effective way to manage some of the symptoms associated with lupus. It is a non-invasive approach that works directly on the nervous system and helps to restore balance and functionality throughout the body. Chiropractors can help improve joint mobility, reduce inflammation, alleviate muscle pain, reduce stress, and improve sleep.

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to help manage lupus symptoms, including:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Traction

These treatments can help reduce inflammation and pain in the joints, increase the range of motion, and improve balance. In addition to these physical therapies, chiropractors may recommend lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, stress management techniques, and relaxation therapies.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Lupus Patients

Chiropractic care is a form of natural and holistic healthcare. It focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders related to the musculoskeletal system. The practice is based on the belief that misalignments in the spine can cause health problems by affecting the nervous system. Treatment usually involves manual adjustment or manipulation of the spine and other joints. The goal is to reduce pain, improve mobility, and restore normal body function. It is a drug-free approach to healthcare that can help improve overall health and well-being. Chiropractic care has been used for centuries as an effective way to treat pain and other related conditions.

Chiropractic care can provide many benefits to lupus patients. It is an integral part of a holistic treatment plan that should include diet, exercise, and medications prescribed by your healthcare provider. Chiropractic care helps relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and increase joint mobility. It also helps to improve overall wellness, reduce stress levels, and improve the quality of life. 

Chiropractic adjustments can also help reduce the frequency and severity of a lupus flare. Additionally, chiropractors use non-invasive therapies to treat other underlying lupus symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, and joint pain. 

By correcting misalignments in the spine and other joints, chiropractic care can restore balance in the body and reduce inflammation. This is especially important for lupus patients who often suffer from chronic pain, fatigue, and stiffness. Chiropractic care can also help improve circulation, which helps the body to heal more quickly. It can also assist with improving digestion and eliminating toxins from the body, both of which are important for lupus patients to maintain a state of good health. 


Overall, chiropractic care can be an effective way to help manage lupus symptoms and improve overall wellness. It is important to discuss any changes in your health with your healthcare provider before starting chiropractic care. Additionally, it is important to find a chiropractor who has experience working with lupus patients and can provide the proper care and advice. With the right treatment plan, lupus patients can find relief from their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Ultimately, deciding if a chiropractor is right for you is an individual decision and should be discussed with your primary healthcare provider. They will be able to tell you what treatments may be most beneficial for your particular case of lupus, as well as any potential risks associated with treatment.

If you or someone you love has lupus, contact Accident Care Chiropractic or your local chiropractor.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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