If you are living with joint or back pain, you are probably miserable. You don’t have to live with pain, stiffness, and aches. Visiting a chiropractor can be very effective for some patients and has few side effects.
How Chiropractic Works
Chiropractors work by using varying techniques to adjust the spine and joints. These adjustments help eliminate restrictions in the spine and often alleviates pain and increases mobility. They can also adjust joints to help relieve tension, similar to the way they adjust the spine. The focus usually starts with the spine to correct any misalignments, which may relieve back, neck and sciatica pain, as well as headaches and migraine.
What Joints can Be Adjusted?
Some of the most common adjustments include the back, neck, wrists, ankles, knees, elbows, and shoulders. An adjustment in any of these areas might bring about a reduction of pain as well as an improvement in the mobility of that particular joint.
Receiving a chiropractic adjustment for back or joint pain is one part of a comprehensive plan. Recommendations will be given depending on the type of condition. Often times the pain is only a symptom of a broader underlying dysfunction. Depending on the patient’s willingness, a more comprehensive plan may be advised to not only get out of pain but to also correct the underlying condition which brought about the pain.
Much like learning to ride a bike, your brain creates hardwired patterns for things that we commonly repeat. This eventually results in automatic, unconscious patterns and habits that are sometimes helpful and sometimes problematic. Your body can sometimes adopt poor movement patterns for a variety of reasons that can become hard wired over time and lead to pain and dysfunction. The heart of a chiropractic adjustment is to train the body and the brain to create more optional biomechanical patterns so that you can live with less or no pain, higher functioning, and more resilience.
One of the first treatments your chiropractor might suggest is dietary changes. This is different than dieting. Dietary changes do not need to mean deprivation. The best change you can make to your diet is simply to switch to foods that allow the body to heal and don’t burden it with any added stress such as with an anti-inflammatory diet. At Complete Care, we offer one-on-one coaching to help you with that transition.
Although being in pain can make exercise a special challenge, daily activity can be the key to healing. Very often, pain is the result of deconditioning or loss of strength over time. If this is the case therapeutic exercises and stretches will likely be recommended. These are typically very short and very easy to do.
Exercise does not have to be prolonged, or strenuous. In many cases, simple stretches or therapeutic exercises a couple of times a day can help with healing.
Better sleep practices
- Avoid technology or bright lights before bedtime
- Avoiding caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime
- Consistent sleep schedule
- Create a bedtime routine
- Avoid alcohol before bedtime
Massage therapy is a powerful tool for chronic pain. Not only does it alleviate strained, sore or tight muscles that may be causing your pain it has other benefits.
Massage can help:
- Increases serotonin, which reduces pain naturally
- Naturally increases deep sleep
- Increases range of motion
- Lowers anxiety and improves mood
- Increases blood flow
Other less commonly known reasons to get adjusted
- Pregnancy – can speed up delivery time
- Motor vehicle accident
- Work related Injury
- Improved immune system (allergies, asthma, sinusitis)
- Child scoliosis check
- Ear infections
- Breech baby positioning