Any pain that lasts for longer than three months is classed as chronic pain. The pain can be the result of an obvious underlying illness or condition but sometimes the cause of the chronic pain isn’t obvious at all. In both cases, chronic pain can limit your quality of life and create a reliance on prescription painkillers. A chiropractor can help to manage many causes of chronic pain, drug-free, and in a way that treats the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms.
How chiropractic care can help with chronic pain
Chronic pain can be incredibly complex, with both physical and mental elements feeding into the pain that you feel. The approach a chiropractor will take to your treatment is ideally suited to such a complex situation because they practice holistic care. This means treating not just the individual symptoms but you as a whole. In the case of chronic pain, this means that chiropractic care has a good chance of elevating you out of the physical and/or mental situation that is triggering your pain and giving you a treatment plan that will work long-term.
When chronic pain is being triggered by an underlying condition, such as spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, a herniated disc, etc, your chiropractor will first look at how to treat the cause of the pain. This can take the form of several different treatment methods depending on the condition that you are dealing with but can include spinal manipulation, massage, stretches, heat and ice therapy, electronic modalities, and more. You may also be given an exercise program to help strengthen any muscles that can help with supporting your body and reducing your pain.
But, as we know, chronic pain is complicated and it can bring with it a wide variety of comorbid problems. These can include depression, anxiety, insomnia, and more. Your chiropractor isn’t just there to help manage the physical causes of your chronic pain, but they are also there to help with these comorbid issues as well. Chiropractic care can relieve depression and anxiety symptoms, and chiropractors are trained in giving sleep advice and in helping you to relax enough to reduce your insomnia.
It is important to treat both the physical causes of chronic pain and the associated conditions because they both feed into each other. The higher your chronic pain, the more you are likely to be dealing with depression, anxiety, and insomnia. And the worse those are the higher your chronic pain. The beauty of the chiropractic approach is that it treats both of them together to give you the best chance of living your life with less chronic pain.
You don’t have to live with chronic pain or rely solely on medications to help you through the day. A chiropractor can help to treat both the physical causes of your chronic pain as well as the comorbid conditions that could be making it worse. They won’t just try to reduce your symptoms. Instead, they will treat your entire body and mind to improve your quality of life and reduce your chronic pain long-term.