Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists & Naturopathic Physicians located in Federal Way, WA


Arthritis services offered in Federal Way, WA

Up to 58 million Americans have arthritis, a group of more than 100 diseases that affect the joints. At Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, Washington, the experienced team offers various holistic and minimally invasive treatments to relieve arthritis. Call Northwest Wellness today to request an arthritis consultation, or request your appointment online.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term for swollen or tender joints. The team at Northwest Wellness specializes in treating the two most common types:


Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage –– a smooth substance that pads the joints –– breaks down because of general wear-and-tear.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis causes your immune system to attack and destroy the lining of your joints. There’s no cure, but healthy lifestyle changes can reduce swelling and prevent the condition from worsening.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Your Northwest Wellness provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms. Then, they check your joints for redness, swelling, or bruising and gently press on them to identify sensitive areas. 

How is arthritis treated?

The team at Northwest Wellness treats arthritis using holistic and minimally invasive measures. They may recommend:

Low-level light therapy (LLLT)

LLLT is an FDA-approved procedure for musculoskeletal pain. During treatment, your Northwest Wellness provider runs a handheld device over your arthritic joint. The device emits laser light at specific wavelengths, penetrating your skin and stimulating the tissues beneath.

A series of LLLT treatments can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and encourage your body’s healing process. LLLT is safe, but it isn’t for everyone, including pregnant people and people with cancer.

Massage therapy

During a massage, your Northwest Wellness provider uses their hands, forearms, and elbows to manipulate your skin and other soft tissues. Massage increases circulation relieves muscle tension, and breaks up tight muscle knots. You may associate massage therapy with a day at the spa, but it's an effective treatment for various musculoskeletal issues, including arthritis.


Acupuncture uses a series of small needles to stimulate your nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues. Your Northwest Wellness provider inserts the needles at specific “meridians” to encourage your body’s healing process.

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic care is similar to massage in that it involves the manual manipulation of your muscles, joints, and soft tissues. The difference is that chiropractic focuses on the relationship between your musculoskeletal health and your general health. Specifically, it aligns your spine to encourage optimal well-being.

Call Northwest Wellness today to explore arthritis treatment, or make your appointment online.