Effective Pain Management with Chiropractic Care
Suffering from chronic pain is one of the biggest indicators of a poor quality of life. Acute pain is an important function for alerting our bodies to potential problems and encouraging rest when it is needed. However, chronic pain can be debilitating. It affects both our mental and physical health leading to issues like depression and avoiding our normal daily activities. Pain is an ambiguous issue that is often accompanied with a lot of stigma when people are suffering chronically.
Chronic pain can usually be prevented by properly addressing acute pain. This is done with better attention to the true underlying cause of pain such as spine misalignment, poor movement patterns, and generalized inflammation. The Western world’s standard treatment for pain involves medication and invasive treatments. Instead, addressing chronic pain holistically can restore hope for better pain management or even a full recovery that is sustainable.
Common Pain Problems
Acute pain is pretty straightforward. Often, we sustain a fall, move wrong, or spend too long in a poor posture that leaves us feeling sore, stiff, and potentially swollen. These types of issues usually resolve within a few hours or days. But what happens when the pain continues? When pain continues for longer than 6 weeks it is considered chronic. Here are some of the most common chronic pain issues:
- Low back pain
- Arthritic joint pain (knees, hips, shoulders, hands, spine, etc.)
- Post-traumatic pain
- Psychosomatic pain (unknown origin)
- Chronic Pain Syndrome
- And More
Addressing the Underlying Issue
There are a lot of factors that play a role in the development of chronic pain. These include past injuries, pain beliefs, general health, and more. With any of these issues, often there are some major underlying issues that have been ignored for a long time. Without realizing it, these root problems are then manifested into a wide array of issues like pain, poor movement patterns, depression, and poor overall quality of life.
The body’s ability to function in homeostasis free of pain relies on one primary factor: nerve health. Nerves are the communication highway of the body that modulate every bodily function from hormone release and stress levels to perception of pain. Nerve health and integrity can be vastly compromised when the spine misalignment occurs. Misalignment of the spine is more common than people realize and often requires a trained professional to properly address. Without proper treatment, misalignment and poor nerve flow can lead to tissue damage, overactive pain signals, and inflammation.
Why Chiropractic Care is Best for Pain Management
Chiropractors are the experts in spine alignment. Specifically, chiropractors certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) are specialized experts in providing research based holistic care for the spine. They are trained to recognize the subtle changes in the spine that can lead to poor nerve flow and chronic pain, regardless of whether the onset was from an injury or unknown.
Seeking treatment from a CBP certified practitioner can help you feel in better control of your pain symptoms. First, they will focus on offering pain relief before moving on to sustainable treatment that will give you lasting results. The non-invasive techniques used include manipulation, soft tissue massage, pain modalities, lifestyle education, posture management, exercise, and more.
Preventing Chronic Pain
CBP care is also a great way to prevent the onset of chronic pain. If you are having off and on pain, have a random onset of pain, suffer an injury, or just feel off- you can prevent long term problems with chiropractic care. Prevention is always the best strategy from treatment. Yet, we often ignore pain problems until they start affecting our normal daily lives. At this point, the road to recovery will be longer and productivity has already been lost.
Wouldn’t it be great to prevent your pain from getting to this point? A CBP provider can recognize changes in your spine alignment in both static and dynamic positions that can be addressed before they manifest as pain. This can prevent unnecessary pain. Not sure if you even need care? Getting in touch with a chiropractor for an initial consultation can help determine if there are any impairments that could be addressed before they ever become a true problem.
Feel Your Best
Chiropractic care can provide you the following benefits when dealing with chronic pain:
- Improved movement patterns to decrease strain on the body
- Decreased pain with daily activities
- Reduced inflammation secondary to restored nerve flow and improved circulation
- Less reliance on harsh pain medications for daily function
- Better coping strategies for pain, stress, and anxiety
Regardless of whether you are already experiencing pain or want to prevent long term issues, getting in touch with Dr. Cynthia Boyd and her team of experts at Symmetry Health Center in Alameda or Oakland, CA is a great first step. They can help guide you in deciding what treatment options are best for you. Chiropractic care is one of the top options for addressing pain holistically to provide the best long term results. See what Symmetry Health Center has to offer you today!