If there’s one thing we can all agree upon, it’s that pain is bad and as human beings, we are conditioned to avoid it at all costs. Of course, as much as we may dislike pain, our bodies use it as the most basic warning system to let us know when we are doing something that could hurt us. So, while we may not care for it, there is a point to pain- it keeps us safe.
Chronic pain, on the other hand, does not benefit our bodies. As a matter of fact, it wears down both our physical and emotional walls, and can be completely debilitating. Chronic pain raises stress levels, frequently leads to depression and generally sucks the energy and fun out of life.
Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat chronic pain. It takes a holistic, noninvasive, drug-free approach to treating pain and injuries. With chronic pain, drug therapies can lose effectiveness over time and lead to dependency issues. Spinal adjustments have none of those side effects.
While there are many different types of chronic pain, two in particular can cause pain throughout the entire body: arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, and its symptoms typically include pain and stiffness, swelling, reduced range of motion and redness. When discussing arthritis, most people think of the type that affects the hands, but any joint in the body can become arthritic. The main characteristic of arthritis is a wearing down of the cartilage inside joints, which provides a cushion between the bones to prevent them from rubbing together. As the cartilage wears away, any joint movement will become painful.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that is characterized by pain in the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons, along with fatigue and tender areas that are spread throughout the entire body. People suffering from fibromyalgia can feel pain from even the slightest touch. Fibromyalgia is most often a diagnosis of last resort; women are more susceptible to this disease than men and risk factors increase along with age.
Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat both arthritis and fibromyalgia because of the way that it works. The Chiropractor adjusts the neck and spine, which in turn, improves nerve function, relieves pressure in the joints, and promotes the body’s ability to heal itself. With regular Chiropractic care, patients can look forward to an increased range of motion and lessening of inflammation due to increased blood flow.
If you are suffering from any sort of pain, especially chronic pain stemming from arthritis or fibromyalgia, be sure to speak to your Chiropractor about ways that you can change your lifestyle or routine to help reduce your pain and promote a healthier lifestyle. There are plenty of safe, all-natural options available to those who cope with chronic pain.
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