Dealing with pain can be a very difficult experience, and seeking treatment that will make the pain go away is normally a priority. Medications and surgery can sometimes help, depending on what is causing the pain, but they don't always deal with the root cause of the problem. Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for many causes of pain, both acute and chronic.
Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach to the body, with the view that damage in any one of the body's systems can affect all of the others. It uses a variety of treatment methods to deal with the root cause of pain that is both acute and chronic.
Chiropractic care for acute injuries
Acute injuries can happen for a wide variety of reasons, from a trip or fall, a sports injury, an accident at home, or a car accident. Whatever the reason, the first port of call is, of course, to get checked by a physician to make sure that there haven't been any serious or life-threatening injuries. How the injury is treated from then on, however, can have a powerful impact on how well it heals.
Any acute injury has the potential to become a chronic one if it is not fully treated in the beginning. For example, if an injury causes the person to overcompensate and bear more weight on one side, this can cause wear and tear, and ultimately pain. Chiropractic care can help to stop acute injuries from causing long-term pain and discomfort by making sure that the body is aligned properly as the injury heals.
Chiropractic care can help in the treatment of acute injuries such as whiplash, pulled muscles, sports injuries, knee injuries, hip injuries, and neck injuries.
Chiropractic care for chronic pain
Chronic pain is pain that goes on for more than six months. This type of pain can harm the patient's quality of life and can limit their ability to work, enjoy hobbies, and take care of themselves. Chronic pain can be the result of previous injuries, genetic conditions, and certain diseases.
Many types of chronic pain can be treated with chiropractic care, and a large number of people who seek out help from chiropractic care do so because they want relief from chronic pain. Chiropractic care can, of course, be effective for pain that stems from the neck and spine, but through its holistic approach to pain management, it can also be effective for chronic pain that stems from the nerves and the soft tissue (such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissue).
Chiropractic care uses a variety of treatments to help treat chronic pain depending on the cause of the pain, including:
• spinal adjustments and spinal mobilization
• soft tissue therapies, such as massage, active release technique, and trigger point therapy
• heat and cold therapy
• manual therapy of the extremity joints
• technology-based therapies, such as ultrasound, TENs, and electrical stimulation
Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for both acute and chronic pain. Using a wide variety of methods, it can treat pain at its root cause, rather than by masking it. This means that chiropractic care can help to reduce pain in the long-term and prevent it from coming back.