If you’re experiencing chronic pain, you’re not alone; over 86 million Americans are afflicted by this debilitating condition, according to webmd.com.
Basically, there are two types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain is short-lasting, typically going away as soon as your body heals itself. Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts for upwards of 6 months after the injury has healed.
John J. Bonica, an anesthesiologist who is known as the founding father of the pain field, describes chronic pain as “a pathological process that causes continuous pain” or pain that recurs at regular intervals for several months or even years.
To make matters worse, sometimes chronic pain sufferers have no idea what is causing their pain. This situation is compounded in situations where we unable to diagnose the problem correctly, leaving the patient and loved ones often wondering if it’s all in their heads. Because of this, low self-esteem, anger and depression often coincide with physical discomfort in a combination that can severely inhibit your daily activities.
Fibromyalgia is a common chronic pain condition that includes pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, fatigue and tender joints that experience pain upon even slight pressure. Fibromyalgia isn’t life-threatening, and your symptoms will often vary, often getting worse after strenuous activity, stress, and weather changes, among other factors. Unfortunately, though, the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia probably won’t ever disappear completely.
- Other chronic pain conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and arthritis.
- As many sufferers know, chronic pain is often resistant to medical treatments.
- The key to relief is in effective pain management.
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Chronic pain sufferers who are surrounded by healthy loved ones may start to feel resentful in their loneliness, but joining a support group filled with other chronic pain sufferers is a powerful coping mechanism.
You’ll feel less alone and will most likely benefit from hearing how others have learned to cope with chronic pain, maybe even picking up a few helpful tips. You might also gain a few lifelong friends. At the very least, regular support group meetings will give you something to look forward to (remember the distractions mentioned above?).
You should also be aware, we have made great strides in our office in chronic pain management.
Nutrition and lifestyle interventions as well as new treatment modalities are allowing our patients to minimize drug use and live happier, more fulfilled lives!
Consider manual therapy as a treatment option.
Quite simply, manual therapy is a treatment that is performed manually by your chiropractor, not by a machine or other device.
Common manual therapy options include:
- Massage, which can relax stiff muscles, improve poor circulation, and ease soft tissue pain often experienced by chronic pain sufferers.
- Mobilization, a technique that twists, pulls, or pushes joints into position through the use of slow, measured movements. This technique helps with flexibility and alignment, in addition to easing pain by loosening tight tissues around sore joints.
- Manipulation uses more rapid movements to move the bones and joints into their rightful positions.
The treatments above are just a sampling of the techniques we can use to help ease your pain.
Please, Call us today @781-659-7989 to learn more treatment options that might be right for you, a friend or loved one!
You’ll be glad you did!