Chiropractic for Pain Management

According to the statistics released by the National Institute of Health, more than 76 million Americans live with chronic pain. It also states that over 60 percent of adults who have pain live with it for over a year. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common type of pain includes; lower back pain, neck pain, severe headaches, or migraines. While many people who visit traditional physicians to find a solution for their pain are given a prescription for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but it is not the only option available. A Study found that chiropractic care in conjunction with exercises and other life adjustments can help eliminate the real cause of the pain and allow the body to heal itself.

Pain is a distressing feeling caused by a damaging and intense feeling. According to the International Association for the Study of pain – pain is an unpleasant emotional experience that is associated with a potential or actual tissue damage. However, it is a complex and subjective experience, and giving it a specific definition is a challenge. In medical parlance, it is regarded as a symptom, a proof of an underlying condition. 

When an individual is in pain, he tends to withdraw from potentially damaging situations, in other not to hurt that part of the body while it heals. Most pains resolve when the triggering stimulus is eliminated, and the body heals. But in other conditions, the pain persists despite removal of the causal stimulus, and completion of the healing process. And some other time, an individual may experience pains even in the absence of a detectable stimulus, disease, or damage.

Pain has been identified as a common reason why people visit physicians in developed countries of the world. It is prevalent in all medical conditions, and it usually negatively impact an individual’s quality of life and general functioning. Chiropractic treatment has been proven to reduce low back pain intensity or unpleasantness. 

Chiropractic for back Pain Management

What are the causes of pain?

Identifying the cause of the pain can be difficult, but chiropractors are highly trained in assessing and diagnoses of musculoskeletal disorders that can help identify the origins of pain. Most pains are caused by many underlying conditions, such as spinal stenosis (this is the narrowing of the spinal canal that may cause nerve compression), osteoarthritis (a form of joint pain and inflammation). 

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and assess the extent of musculoskeletal disorders and suggest a personalized treatment plan that may involve spinal manipulation or mobilization, ultrasound, traction, or any other therapies that will help eradicate your pain. This may also include exercises to strengthen body muscles and spine, as well as tweaking your lifestyle. 

Chronic or recurrent pain can also manifest in the form of headaches. It can be debilitating and will be classified as chronic pain if you experience three in a row. Headaches can be triggered by nutritional and environmental factors caused by cervical spine or associated musculature or stress. 

Chiropractors will assess and identify potential sources of pain. Depending on what triggers the pain, chiropractic treatment will address the underlying causes such as muscular tension, joint dysfunction, or It might be a provide nutritional advice to help eradicate symptoms or reduce frequency.

Many people suffering from pain also suffer from other comorbid conditions. Studies have established the link between pain and insomnia, and depression or mood disorders. In this case, you might require co-management from a team of healthcare professionals to address your needs. Chiropractors will partner with your physician effectively eliminate your pain and its associated comorbidities.

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Possible Effects of Prescription Painkillers

Natural pain management options such as chiropractic care is a worthwhile pursuit, as prescription drugs have many dangerous side effects. According to Cleveland Clinic, painkillers decrease pain perception, and this is worrisome, as the body is dependent on pain signals to send alert to your brain about injuries and ailments. The following are the other side effects of pain medication:

• Gastrointestinal bleeding

• Liver toxicity

• Weakened immune systems

• Drug abuse or dependence

• Depression

• Infertility

• Increased pain

• Constipation and other digestive problems

• Hormonal imbalances

Benefits and Risks of Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care uses many techniques such as Spinal manipulation which is considered safe, and effective to treat pain. Whether acute pain which is a more common form of pain or chronic pain, which last more than six weeks, Chiropractic Care will help you get better.

Studies have shown that chiropractic care can treat neck pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and many more. This can be achieved by applying targeted moderate pressure and/or deep tissue massage.

It is not advisable for people with inflammatory arthritis, spinal cord compression, osteoporosis, or those on blood-thinning medications to undergo spinal manipulation. Additionally, people with a history of cancer should first be cleared by their medical doctor before Chiropractic Care.

Treatments will be based on the diagnosis of your pain. The chiropractor should be well informed about your medical history, including your present medical conditions, traumatic/surgical history, current medications, and other and lifestyle factors.

Is Chiropractic Care Effective for Pain Management?

Yes!

Chiropractic care benefits individuals who are living with pain, including but not limited to conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many more. Through perform spinal manipulations and the manipulations of the extremities, chiropractors trigger your body’s ability to self-heal. This procedure does not mask the symptoms; instead, it combats oxidative stress caused by free radicals and stimulates the DNA repair on a cellular level.

The American College of Physicians in 2007 highlighted the numerous benefits of chiropractic care. In many studies, patients who received chiropractic care for 12 weeks or longer felt an improvement in pain than those who did not. It was also found that chiropractic care is as effective as traditional prescription medications. Studies are still on to explore if the potency of chiropractic manipulations is dependent on the length and frequency of treatments.

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