How Chiropractic Can Help Your Chronic Pain
Unsurprisingly, chronic pain can put a huge damper on your quality of life. When you’re in pain all the time, you can find it difficult to do anything else but live in it. Sports, manual labor, even just going out with your loved ones can become a monumental task. It doesn’t stop at the physical symptoms either, as the body’s self-generated torment often leaves sufferers with cognitive impairment and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. However, there is hope. Here at Vitality Precision Chiropractic, we are well-versed in using chiropractic to heal chronic pain and help you live with refreshed vitality.
The Mechanics of Pain
Pain is, in its purest sense, your body’s alarm system. If you’re in pain, it’s likely because something has gone wrong somewhere in your body. Whenever you get a cut, a muscle cramp, or an injury, your nervous system sends a signal to your brain telling it that something is wrong, and that signal is registered as pain.
Chronic pain is often the result of a nerve dysfunction, causing the signals to send continuously, often with no clear stimulus. When your nerves are constantly overloaded with signals like that, your brain may attempt to dampen the effect by reducing cognitive function as a coping mechanism. This ultimately leads to mental and physical degradation over time.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Pain medication can have some beneficial effects for reducing pain, namely the anti-inflammatory properties in most at-home medicines that can reduce irritation in the area. More often than not, though, they are a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Rather than treating the pain at its source, pain medicines usually just dull the senses enough so that you no longer feel pain for the duration of their effect. Some painkillers, namely opioids, can also have severe negative side effects, such as addiction, stomach ulcers, and liver damage. Not only that, but your body will build a tolerance to the medicine over time, meaning that you’ll need a higher dose in order to feel a difference.
Thankfully, chiropractic care gets to the root of the problem. By adjusting the spine and eliminating subluxations, pressure is taken off of the spinal cord, reducing the likelihood of errant signals elsewhere in the nervous system by targeting the source. Not only that, but as an all-natural practice, chiropractic has none of the negative side effects of pain medicines.
Our own team of chiropractors, Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan, have firsthand experience with chiropractic treating what has been deemed by other doctors are untreatable. We believe that good health comes from inside, and regular and precise adjustments are all the body needs to heal on its own. Contact us and we’ll show you what it means to live a natural, pain-free life.