Say Goodbye to Chronic Pains!
There are a few illnesses that decrease the quality of life as drastically as chronic pain. Relief is fleeting and can leave patients feeling frustrated and depressed. Fortunately, chiropractic care has proven to be an effective tool against chronic back pain. It helps reduce chronic and acute symptoms by addressing mechanical dysfunctions and recommending appropriate exercise to set individuals on the road to recovery.
We take a look at how chiropractic care can help you deal with chronic pains.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Identifying the root cause of chronic pain is difficult but qualified chiropractors can conduct diagnosis to detect musculoskeletal complications and pinpoint the source of pain.
Common causes of chronic pain are due to underlying conditions such as osteoarthritis (inflammation and joint pain), inflammatory arthritis or spinal stenosis (nerve compression resulting from the narrowing of the spinal canal). By assessing each problem, chiropractors suggest treatment plans that are developed keeping in mind the patient’s unique conditions. Such plans include ultrasound, mobilization, traction, spinal manipulation and exercise in order to strengthen core muscles and alleviate pain.
Chronic Pain and Depression
It is common to see patients who deal with chronic pain also suffer from depression. Stress and anxiety further exacerbate the problem by nullifying the effect of the body’s natural painkillers and heightening pain sensitivity.
Individuals can get stuck in a vicious cycle as the pain makes them exercise less, weakening the muscles and increasing pain perception. This leads to a lack of sleep which ends up making the pain worse.
Certain nerves in the spine influence depression including emotional triggers caused by pain. Chiropractic adjustments help by boosting the immune system and send messages to the brain that aid in easing both depression and pain.
Chiropractic Exercise and Treatment
Manual therapy and exercise are of particular benefit to spinal stenosis patients by providing effective strategies for increasing function and self-management leading to reduced pain, greater mobility and quality of life.
A study conducted in 2012 revealed that a combination of exercise and chiropractic treatment for the neck was twice as effective in managing pain when compared with pain meds. The patients were divided into groups; some receiving chiropractic care and others only medication. The patients who experienced reduced pain due to medication were 13% whereas the number was 32% for those only undergoing chiropractic care.
A carefully developed chiropractic plan coupled with physical therapy can provide effective pain relief for people suffering from chronic pain.