There are many reasons people experience spine, muscle, and nervous system pain including physical trauma, repetitive motion, poor posture, overuse, and wear and tear. Your pain may be so severe that it keeps you from falling asleep, leaving you fatigued and unable to focus on simple tasks. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce muscle, spine, and nervous system pain:
Physical activity helps to increase flexibility, strength, and joint mobility. It is an essential aspect of your overall health and can help reduce your pain. Exercise lubricates your joints by encouraging fluid to circulate. It increases blood flow, meaning more nutrients are delivered to body tissues to assist in the healing process. Non-weight bearing exercises (like swimming) are especially useful at managing arthritic pain. Be sure to ask your chiropractor for the best workouts and stretches based on your type of pain.
Studies have proven that spinal manipulation can decrease back pain and increase mobility. Many patients experience an enhanced range of motion and report fast pain relief from manual therapy. Your chiropractor can see if spinal manipulation is right for you.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is effective in reducing long-term pain. Relaxation and coping techniques can help decrease muscle tension, heart rate, and blood pressure. Reducing your level of stress is also helpful. Try incorporating stress-relieving exercises into your daily life like yoga and meditation. Just a few minutes each day of doing either can put your mind and body to rest.
This is proven to be clinically beneficial in treating pain, especially shoulder and lower back and pain. Acupuncture is one tool that many chiropractors incorporate into their practice to offer complete care to patients.
Some medications are beneficial in the management of chronic pain. Although, there is still some types of medicine that carry a risk of addiction. Starting treatment plans that do not involve the use of any medications—like any of the first four methods mentioned above—are a good first step to managing pain before starting any pharmaceutical treatment. If you are considering medicine, talk to your family doctor to find out more first.
Chronic pain can be managed in several different ways beyond the five listed above. It is essential to consider all avenues before approaching treatment with medication. If you have any questions, visit a qualified health professional like Dr Forest Eaton at Burnaby Heights Chiropractic to see what option will work best for you.