Finding Pain Relief: 3 Ways a Chiropractor Can Help
Chronic pain can be debilitating. The disruption it causes to your normal routines can cause everything from problems at your job to being able to properly care for yourself and your family. Chronic pain has a cause, and just treating the symptoms never provides lasting relief. Here are three ways that chiropractic care can help you with chronic pain relief.
Correcting Spinal Alignment Issues
Imagine a main support beam in a building being damaged. It supports the weight of the entire structure, so damaging it causes weakening and cracks throughout the rest of the building. Your spine is like that. Now, imagine all of the wiring of that building traveling though the center of that damaged main beam. The entire electrical and communications network of the building could be harmed. Your spinal column carries the nerves that allow your brain to communicate back and forth with your entire body. Spinal misalignment puts pressure on the delicate nerves that carry information, and this can lead to many health issues, including chronic pain. Take the pressure off the nerves, and healing begins.
Alternative to Surgery
Ask to see the surgery forms you will need to sign well in advance of any back surgery. Take some time to read them over. You will see that no guarantees are given for the success of the planned operation, but plenty of risks are mentioned. Invasive treatments should be used as a last resort. If there is no life-threatening trauma that needs immediate surgical intervention, such as sudden onset cauda equina syndrome, then non-invasive chiropractic is a very reasonable medical intervention to explore. Chiropractic medical intervention can also diminish or eliminate the need for narcotic painkillers often used in treating severe chronic back pain.
Stopping Pain Before It Happens
Chronic pain sufferers often have periods where the pain is at a minimum. It may follow cycles of ups and downs that are not entirely predictable. Chiropractic medicine also helps in understanding how to mitigate pain before it takes hold. Many clinics offer instruction and advice to patients on how to prevent chronic pain from reestablishing itself. For most chronic back pain sufferers there is no silver bullet that fixes the problem, not even surgery. Chiropractic addresses the pain at its root, and offers solutions to correct issues that led to the pain in the first place.
If you suffer with anything from headaches to pain in your neck, shoulders, back, hips arms or legs, spinal issues may be the source of your pain. Shooting pains that run down your leg into your foot may be sciatic nerve pain, and that is rooted in your back. If you are not getting your chronic pain issues managed in the way you would like, take the time to see what modern chiropractic medicine offers for chronic pain sufferers.
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. The information in this article is credited to Forest Park Chiropractic & Acupuncture.