Can chiropractic care help with chronic pain?
Many people are in chronic pain every day. Chronic pain is technically defined as pain that has persisted for six months or more, and either comes and goes or is simply consistent over time. Chronic pain can occur all over the body, and have numerous causes. Sometimes, when it can’t be identified or diagnosed by medical doctors, symptoms are treated instead. It is quite common for chronic pain and discomfort to be dealt with by prescribing pain medications, which, rather than treating the issue at its root cause, only masks symptoms and the underlying condition. There are so many reasons that chronic pain can exist, and nobody wants to live with it. If you’ve found yourself asking “can chiropractic care help with chronic pain?” read on to discover exactly how chiropractic care may be able to change your life.
What’s causing my chronic pain?
Are you experiencing chronic back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or pain elsewhere in your body? Do you feel constant digestive distress, which includes acid reflux, constipation, flatulence, or indigestion? Do you experience regular migraines or headaches? If you’re experiencing chronic pain or a condition that simply won’t go away and can’t be diagnosed, you may be among the millions of Americans who have been left without solutions for their daily discomfort.
There are many things that could be causing your chronic pain. Oftentimes, it’s imbalances in the body systems that are responsible for pain and discomfort. These imbalances can be caused by a variety of factors, which include congenital issues, injury and accident-caused issues, stress-caused issues, and lifestyle imbalances.
If your condition doesn’t seem to have a “root cause,” and you’ve simply been prescribed medication or told that your symptoms are incurable, it may be time to investigate alternative forms of treatment.
Can chiropractic help with chronic pain?
There are many issues that cause chronic pain, and many of them are commonly dismissed as normal, untreatable, or permanent. If this is what you’re experiencing, it may be a result of imbalances in your neuromusculoskeletal system.
It’s very common for the neuromusculoskeletal system to become imbalanced. This is because the neuromusculoskeletal system is made up of three separate but interrelated systems, which are rarely treated, and even less often are treated together.
Fortunately, this is where chiropractic care fills in the gap. Chiropractic care addresses the neuromusculoskeletal system in a complete and holistic way. It addresses the nervous system, the muscular system, and the skeletal system, which together make up the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care is unique in that it treats the entire neuromusculoskeletal system simultaneously, which can create significant relief and changes in the body much faster than treatments that just treat one at a time, like massage therapy.
How does chiropractic care work?
How can chiropractic care provide relief for symptoms that seem unrelated to your joints and bones? Well for starters, chiropractic care doesn’t just treat bones and joints. As previously mentioned, chiropractic care addresses many of your body’s systems at once, beginning with the nervous system, the skeletal system, and the muscular system. When an expert chiropractor provides treatment, for example, an adjustment or spinal traction, these three major body systems are affected. To understand just how powerful chiropractic care can be on the entire body, it’s important to know how each of these systems plays a role in your health.
The role of the skeletal system.
The skeletal system is the system that’s usually associated with chiropractic care. When people see adjustments and treatments in chiropractic, they usually see expert chiropractors moving bones and joints. The image of bones cracking and moving is largely responsible for the understandable misconception that chiropractic care is “fancy back-cracking.”
Fortunately, chiropractic care is so much more than fancy back cracking, although moving the bones and joints is an essential component of chiropractic care. Expert chiropractors spend time studying your unique anatomy to ensure that when they move and adjust your skeletal anatomy, it’s in the proper direction for your body. X-rays and digital analyses are used to understand the alignment of your spine and joints, and then interventions are carefully applied accordingly.
The skeletal system in the body holds up the entire physical structure. It also plays an intricate role in the functioning of every other system, especially the nervous system. Misalignments or breaks in the skeletal system can cause severe pain, cause other systems to misfire or function abnormally, and even partially or completely immobilize the body. The skeletal system protects the organs of the body, facilitates movement and mobility, and serves as a central hub for the nervous system. Without it, the body is severely limited in its ability to function.
The role of the muscular system.
Most people don’t realize that chiropractic care is a powerful therapeutic for the muscular system. This is probably because of the emphasis placed on bones and joints when chiropractic care is discussed and shown on social media. Chiropractic care can really help the muscular system, however, and when treated correctly, can result in major benefits and improvements to dysfunctional muscles.
Chiropractic care can help to support the health of the muscular system by releasing tense muscles, improving the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and improving the malleability and flexibility of the muscle. If the muscular system is strained, the body’s mobility will be inhibited, there will be pain, tension, and discomfort present, and various positions and postures will be unpleasant.
If the muscular system is imbalanced, an expert chiropractor can help correct the problem by applying manual manipulations and using a variety of tools and techniques to physically address the muscle. In some cases, a traditional chiropractic adjustment can be enormously beneficial to tight muscles. This is because sometimes the muscles over-compensate because of misaligned joints, and when corrected, the muscles can relax and return to their original position.
The role of the nervous system.
The nervous system is one of the most important systems in the body. Although all body systems are important, the nervous system oversees many of the chemical and electrical processes that help other body systems work properly. This is why when the nervous system is imbalanced, nothing in the body is balanced.
An imbalanced nervous system can result in pain, sleep disorders, brain fog, exhaustion, lethargy, headaches, migraines, numbness and tingling, digestive dysfunction, and more. It’s difficult to treat nervous system disorders by just treating symptoms. Too often, people attempt to do so with pain medication, over-the-counter potions for digestive problems, and medication for altering brain chemistry.
An expert chiropractor can help to rebalance the nervous system by using a series of techniques and tools. Notably, chiropractic adjustments and decompression therapy can both stimulate balance in the nervous system. When the joints and bones of the body are realigned properly, the nervous system is able to function properly. A little understood fact about the nervous system is that it relies heavily on the flow of nerve energy, which is much like blood flow, but instead through the nerves of the body, rather than the veins. When nerve energy is interrupted and the flow is impaired, chemical and electrical messages are unable to pass through the body. This affects everything from brain function to digestive function.
Did You Know: Digestion & the Nervous System
Did you know that the digestive system has its own nervous system? It’s called the enteric nervous system, and it runs the length of the entire digestive tract! When the nervous system is imbalanced due to an interruption of nerve flow, the enteric nervous system can be disrupted. This can cause imbalances in the entire digestive system, leading to chronic nausea, indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, GERD, Crohn’s, and more.
How chiropractic care can help chronic pain.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, it’s worth it to explore how the neuromusculoskeletal system may be exacerbating or causing the pain. Chiropractic care is a treatment designed specifically to treat the neuromusculoskeletal system. When the neuromusculoskeletal system is imbalanced, chiropractic care can be an extremely valuable treatment for reducing pain and other dysfunction.
Chiropractic treatments like adjustments, spinal traction, and manual manipulation are all intended to nourish tight or injured muscles, improve nerve energy flow, and properly align the joints. As a threefold intervention, chiropractic care often produces transformational results in patients who have been suffering from chronic pain and conditions.
Stuck on pain medication(s)? Have you been told there’s no treatment for your condition?
Imbalances and dysfunction in the neuromusculoskeletal system are often overlooked by standard medical practice. If you’re suffering from pain and discomfort and have been told that there is no treatment for your condition other than trying to minimize symptoms, it’s time to look elsewhere and begin your holistic, full-body care regimen today.
At Elevation Spine and Wellness, Dr. Nick Smith is dedicated to treating each and every patient with an individualized care plan designed specifically for their unique body. Rather than obligate you to a generalized system, Dr. Nick Smith will provide you with a complete comprehensive assessment and then develop the specialized treatment plan that you are worthy of. No one should have to live with chronic pain or discomfort. Call us today to book your first appointment and begin the journey toward the best health of your life!