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How to Treat Chronic Pain Using Chiropractic Care — Not Medication

The main goal of the Chiropractic health care profession is to correctly align your body, alleviate pain, and support your body’s ability to heal itself naturally. Forms of treatment include gentle chiropractic adjustments or mobilization.

Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, hands-on approach to treating your spine, muscles, joints, and most importantly, your nervous system.

At your first appointment, your chiropractor will identify the source of your pain and because chiropractors take a holistic approach, your physician will determine the best ways to treat your pain naturally. For example, if you are experiencing neck pain, your doctor may determine that your pain stems from your hips being out of alignment and begin hands-on treatment, rather than prescribing medicines.

“The American College of Physicians‘ low back pain guideline recommends spinal manipulation along with heat, massage, and acupuncture.”

The most popular and positive research about chiropractic care centers around spinal manipulation for lower back pain – which is where most patients experience pain. While “spinal manipulation” sounds like a daunting practice, it is simply a term used to describe the therapeutic movement that chiropractors use to adjust your spine. Typically this involves a quick but strong pressure application on a certain joint between two vertebrae on your spine.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor may discuss your lifestyle, diet, exercise routine, etc. to better increase your chances of alleviating your body pain. Many chiropractors believe that changing things such as your diet, along with a consistent exercise routine, can help your body achieve maximum health – naturally!

“Less than optimal lifestyle choices, such as smoking or eating a lot of processed foods, will very often slow down the healing process,” says ACPT Chiropractor, Dr. Sheryl Drake. “In the case of smoking, blood supply is reduced. Eating processed foods often makes the body work harder just to detoxify, so healing takes a backseat also. We try to prepare those patients that you may not bounce right back after an injury.”

Pain medication is a simple, quick fix for anyone who may be experiencing any type of pain – but it isn’t the best option for you, your recovery, and your body.

Pain medication touches the surface of your pain but doesn’t fully treat it and prevent it from returning – which leads many people to become reliant on painkillers. In contrast, your chiropractor’s main focus is treating your pain at its source, which helps to prevent pain from coming back. 

Seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis and making simple lifestyle changes enables your body to naturally heal itself, reducing the need for pain medicine.

So, ditch the painkillers and call our office at (518) 869-3884 today to treat your pain in a way your body will love!

Content in this article was written with information from Harvard Health Publishing and Patch.

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