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Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is classified into two major types. The first is musculoskeletal (MSK) pain which is related to the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and the second is nerve pain or neuropathic pain often felt as a burning sensation or shooting pain that is caused directly by nerve or tissue damage. In its most simplistic form pain is defined as being chronic if it persists for at least three months. If you have been experiencing pain for three months or more then you definitely have chronic pain that must be dealt with immediately.

Many people wonder just how common chronic pain is in the Canadian population. A 2011 study from Queen’s University, conducted a study in which they assessed the prevalence of chronic pain in the Canadian population by asking the simple question “Are you usually free of pain or discomfort?” Their findings pinpointed that chronic pain affects 55% of the Canadian population. Furthermore, they found that patients primarily reported having pain in their back, joints or head, whether it was from MSK conditions or other underlying conditions. It is important to know that pain in these areas can be directly caused by a trauma or physical event such as a car accident or a slip and fall. But, it is crucial to know that most often the pain is presented as non-specific or without a definitive underlying cause. However, the large variety of underlying structural and/or mechanical causes can be specifically addressed though proper conservative care.

Time for the good news! Chronic pain sufferers have available care at their fingertips! Conservative care, including chiropractic, alleviates both acute and chronic symptoms as well as correcting a variety of underlying mechanical dysfunctions and further recommending exercises to keep the body moving. A 2012 U.S. study following 272 neck-pain patients for over 12 weeks randomly assigned participants to one of three groups: 91 to the spinal manipulation therapy group, 90 to the medication group, and 91 to the home exercise group. After analyzing the results, they found that patients receiving chiropractic treatment in combination with exercise for chronic pain were twice as likely to become pain-free than those receiving medication. Most importantly, this clearly identifies the benefits of receiving the proper chiropractic treatment instead of relying on medication. In addition, the results presented are encouraging as they provide an option for chronic pain sufferers who prefer not to take medication to manage their pain.

In sum, regular chiropractic care is vital towards alleviating any sort of chronic pain. Chiropractic care, as part of the healthcare system, plays a vital role in both the assessment and management of chronic pain related to MSK conditions. As time proceeds, so does the abundance of studies providing evidence of effective relief of chronic pain directly through chiropractic treatment. If you are suffering from chronic pain and want immediate relief take the next step and book an appointment!

So if you or loved are suffering from Chronic Pain please make sure that the spine is evaluated as soon as possible as it is a likely source and could be contributing to the symptoms of chronic pain.

And remember make posture a priority and not a liability!

Need help with Chronic Pain then please give us a call at 604-535-7373 or book online at https://injoylife.ca/contact-us/

Headaches – A Chiropractic Approach

Headaches detrimentally affect all Canadians at least once in their lifetime. Yet, the specific reasons for the cause of the headache differs between individuals.  By definition a Headache is a pain in the head with the pain being above the eyes or the ears, behind the head (occipital), or in the back of the upper neck. Headache, like chest pain or back ache, has many causes.

All headaches are considered primary headaches or secondary headaches. According to medicinenet.com Primary headaches are not associated with other diseases. Examples of primary headaches are migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by other diseases. The associated disease may be minor or major.

Headaches can be triggered from a variety of different environments, food, stress, dehydration, and other reasons. In addition, headaches or pain in the head and upper cervical region may be caused directly from muscles, joints, ligaments, or nerves.

How may a Chiropractor help?

A Chiropractor will assess, diagnose and manage a treatment plan for your headaches. Chiropractic Doctors (DC) regularly treat headaches. Most prominently, scientific studies have provided evidence pinpointing that chiropractic care, including spinal adjustments, may be an effective treatment for cervicogenic and tension-type headaches. Furthermore, chiropractic care may help to decrease both the intensity and frequency of migraines. After a full, in-depth assessment has been conducted, the chiropractor may recommend manual therapies, modalities and lifestyle recommendations including rehabilitation. Each patient will be provided with an individualized plan pertaining specifically to the patient’s needs and examination findings. Various treatment options may include:

  • Patient education and reassurance
  • Spinal Adjustments
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Modalities including Acupuncture and Laser
  • Rehabilitation and exercises
  • Ergonomic and lifestyle changes
  • Referral and co-management

So if you or loved are suffering from Headaches please make sure that the spine is evaluated as soon as possible as it is a likely source for these symptoms.

And remember make posture a priority and not a liability!

Need help with Headaches then please give us a call at 604-535-7373 or book online at https://injoylife.ca/contact-us/