Chronic Pain and its Link to Chiropractic Care
To your chiropractor, chronic pain is a big deal. After all, pain is the way your body communicates that things are not as they should be, and they should be paid attention to. The problem is that if people suffer from pain on a daily basis, they tend to discount it and not give it the attention it should be given.
What is Chronic Pain?
This is an umbrella term that covers a lot of different conditions. The definition may be slightly different from condition to condition, but it’s basically any pain that lasts more than 3 months. It can be anything from a headache to lower back pain, and everything in between.
Why Chronic Pain is Hard to Treat
There are a lot of diseases and conditions out there that can’t be cured, but there are two things about chronic pain that make it different from something like cancer. The first is that pain is largely something that is subjective – meaning that the patient has to describe it and communicate how it makes them feel. There is no other way to measure pain. The fact that pain is basically invisible makes it difficult for people to understand and give attention to. So, often sufferers are left feeling like maybe people don’t believe them.
Also, women are more likely to have chronic pain. Researchers don’t know if this is because of hormone differences between men and women, but this along with the fact that it’s subjective mean that it’s underfunded as well as under treated by mainstream medicine. It’s a public health issue that has essentially been ignored.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
Your chiropractor wants to get to the root of the cause for your chronic pain. Chiropractors will encourage you to try and stay active and can help to come up with an exercise plan tailored to you and your physical ability. Just because you have chronic pain, it doesn’t mean there’s not something you can do in terms of exercise. You may also find that exercise helps to alleviate some of the pain.
You can also talk to your chiropractor about ways in which you can use meditation, relaxation or some other therapy to help direct your mind away from the pain your experience on a daily basis. It’s also a good idea to help get your family involved, as family support has been found to have a big impact on chronic pain.
Feel free to ask your doctor of chiropractic any questions you may have about your chronic pain and what you can do to help it!