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How to Deal with Chronic Pain

By Sandy Schroeder

Chronic pain can simply turn your life upside down.  It settles in your neck, back, or elsewhere in your body, and hangs on.  There is a strong psychological impact when you realize your pain is there 24/7.  It can cloud your work, relationships and mental health.

Fighting back to reach better ground can start with a visit to The Joint Chiropractic wellness center near you. The Joint’s doctors will start with the pain you are having, seeking to find relief and maintain normal routines, without using pain medications or surgery.

Chiropractic Support

Chiropractic is based on a philosophy of achieving and maintaining spinal health. The spine houses the delicate nervous system that controls everything we do. Your chiropractor believes a healthier spine may help you achieve better health.

When you come in seeking pain relief, a spinal adjustment is used to correct dysfunctions. In the process, pain relief may be achieved for neck, back, sciatica and other joints. From the initial results, you and your chiropractor can shape a treatment plan to help you deal with the pain. 

At the same time, you can fight the pain with mental strength tactics like these from Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen:

  • Your Pain – Give numbers to your pain, between one and 10, to connect what you are doing, and how it makes you feel. Take a task like grocery shopping and give it a number. Then keep a running list with numbers for the things you do during the day. After a week, look for high pain numbers, and readjust your schedule. You may feel worse after a long stretch of sitting and want to break up the time. Or you may need to do more short shopping trips than one long one.
  • Don’t Push Through – Discover the art of pacing yourself, accomplishing tasks before you are in more pain. In tasks like typing, paying bills, folding laundry or driving, look for the amount of time that works before pain flares. It’s easier to prevent pain than it is to lower it once it flares.

Wherever you are with chronic pain, staying active, not giving up, and seeking the best possible sources available, will help. I have seen a variety of friends and relatives use chiropractic help to deal with chronic pain. Over time they made their way through lower back pain, sciatica, and other joint issues, with chiropractic assistance.

Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you, and find out more. The Joint has simplified everything. An affordable wellness program eliminates the need for insurance. Clinics are open seven days a week and no appointments are needed. 

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