If you suffer from chronic pain, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2019, 20.4% of U.S. adults live with chronic pain. Some of the most common types of chronic pain occur in the back, hips, knees, and feet. Headaches, if they persist, can also be considered a chronic pain condition. There are many causes of chronic pain, but regardless of its origin, the mental and physical distress can feel unbearable.
However, the good news is that chronic aches and pains can be alleviated without the need for surgery or opioid treatment. Chiropractic care for chronic pain is a great non-invasive option that combats pain by improving your range of motion, and chiropractors that utilize Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP) also work to align your spine, targeting the pain and discomfort at its source. In addition, this practice helps address any underlying issues that may be affecting your body’s natural state.
Causes of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain can occur anywhere in your body and can last weeks, months, or even years. The pain you experience may be persistent, or it may come and go. Sometimes chronic pain has an obvious cause, such as a long-lasting illness like arthritis or severe injury that can create ongoing discomfort. However, sometimes the cause of chronic pain is genetic or can be the result of an injury or personal choices, including the following:
- Poor posture from sitting, using a computer, or even texting
- Untreated scoliosis
- Obesity or extra weight that puts excess strain on the back and knees
- Undiagnosed injuries sustained in minor or major car accidents
- Loss of lumbar curvature (lordosis) while lifting and carrying of heavy objects
- Plantar fasciitis and sciatica from a leg length inequality (also known as having a short leg)
- Poor sleep posture or sleeping on an old or worn mattress
- Accelerated aging of the spine due to spinal misalignment
Seeking chiropractic care for chronic pain can not only help alleviate your symptoms but can also improve your overall health.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain
The spinal cord is the main meeting point for the nervous system, with nerves from every part of your body that run to and from it. Think of the spinal cord as having “gates” in which messages about pain arrive from all over the body. The Gate Control Theory of Pain explains that these gates are mechanisms in which pain signals can be let through or blocked. When the gates are open, more pain messages can pass through to the brain, and you are more likely to experience a high level of pain; however, if the gates are closed, then fewer messages are released, and you likely will experience less pain.
Chiropractic care for chronic pain should focus on spinal curvature restoration to permanently help close the gates that lead to pain. It can help slow or stop the progression of degeneration and arthritis by balancing uneven pressures on the spinal structures. These uneven pressures cause wear and tear and lead to disc compression and potential fractures. A corrective chiropractic treatment plan can help with disc degeneration and radically reduce the rate of breakdown.
Many chiropractors, especially those who utilize Chiropractic BioPhysics®, also encourage incorporating exercises and stretches that will not only relieve your discomfort but improve your postural health, providing you with long-term improvements in your overall health.
There are a variety of low-impact exercises and stretches that can help work the muscles around the pain area and those that hold up the spine, including the following:
- Water aerobics
- Lower back stretches
- Neck stretches
- Hamstring stretches
- Lateral trunk bends
- Side stretches
If exercise worsens pain, seek a Chiropractic BioPhysics® chiropractor as soon as possible.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® Technique
Chiropractors who utilize Chiropractic BioPhysics®, such as the doctors at PostureWorks, work to align your spine, targeting pain and discomfort at their source. A combination of traditional chiropractic techniques, physiotherapy, and neuromuscular re-education works to correct posture and spinal misalignments, helping you find short- and long-term pain relief. In addition, this practice helps address any underlying issues that may be affecting your body’s natural state.
Long-term Chiropractic BioPhysics® care not only helps remove stress from the entire body, including the nervous system, but it also improves posture, circulation, nerve signaling, and the overall structure of the body. It’s time to properly align your spine and get new pathways pumping positive energy into your nervous system. Chiropractic care for chronic pain can help you alleviate pain and get you to your optimal health.
Chiropractic BioPhysics®, or CBP, is a deeply researched and results-oriented corrective care technique. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health and optimal function while eliminating the source of pain and circulatory and nervous dysfunction. CBP is conservative, evidence-based, and non-invasive. To learn more about how to make the most of chiropractic care for chronic pain or to schedule your appointment with PostureWorks, contact us today.