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Chiropractic Care for Pain Relief

Chiropractic Care For Pain Relief

Chiropractic is known as one of the safest treatments for various pain relief. In addition to being a safe form of therapy, spinal manipulation is remarkably successful, getting patients back on their feet quicker than conventional medical care. A March 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic pain. A study published in the July 15, 2003, edition of the Journal Spine found that manipulation provides better short-term relief of chronic pain. Moreover, a 2012 research article published in Spine found that only 1.5 percent of workers with back injuries whose initial point of therapy was a doctor of chiropractic required surgery, when 42.7 percent of employees whose initial contact was a surgeon ended up getting surgery.

Chiropractic For Pain Relief

In 2011, the National Institutes of Health reported that 76 million people in the United States live with chronic pain. More than 60 percent have had it for over a year. The most common types of pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are lower back pain, pain, and headaches or migraines. When patients see traditional doctors about their pain, there’s a great chance they’ll be given a prescription for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or opioids, or triptans for headaches. Unfortunately, these over the counter and prescription medications do not treat pain at its source. They only mask the symptoms.

Exploring natural choices for pain control, such as chiropractic care, is a worthwhile pursuit. Chiropractic treats pain at its source, without the nasty side effects of modern medicine. Side effects associated with pain medication include:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Constipation and other digestive problems
  • Increased pain
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Weakened immune systems
  • Liver toxicity
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Drug abuse or dependence

Chiropractic techniques help people who live with chronic pain such as carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, back pain, neck pain, headaches, arthritis and fibromyalgia, according to the NIH. They boost the ability of your body to self-heal when chiropractors perform manipulations and manipulations of their extremities. The treatments do not just mask the symptoms; they help fight oxidative stress and promote DNA repair.

The numerous advantages that chiropractic care provides motivated the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society in 2007 to recommend that doctors consider spinal manipulation when self-care isn’t effective. Individuals who received treatments for more or 12 months experienced reductions than those who didn’t in pain. Oftentimes treatments were as effective as prescription medications that are conventional.

As researchers investigate why chiropractic care is so effective, they concur that patients experience the best benefits when they pair spinal manipulation with exercise and other lifestyle changes. Exercise helps enhance range of movement and posture and relieve tension. It strengthens the muscles that could help cure the source of pain and support the body.

As a patient with pain, you have many options for managing your symptoms and regaining a healthy, active lifestyle without using OTC and prescription medications. Dr. Fisher at Gold Coast Chiropractic would be honored to help you along your pain relief journey!

What Research Shows About Chiropractic For Pain Relief

For Chronic Pain

“For patients with chronic low back pain, clinicians and patients should initially select nonpharmacologic treatment with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction (moderate-quality evidence), tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or spinal manipulation (low-quality evidence).”

Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians (2017)

“[Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.”

Goertz et al. (2013), Spine

In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.

Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal

“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”

Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

“Reduced odds of surgery were observed for…those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.”

Keeney et al (2012), Spine 

“Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”

Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Gold Coast Chiropractic Can Help

Dr. Fisher, at Gold Coast Chiropractic, believes in the power of chiropractic care to treat chronic pain. He will perform a physical exam on each patient in order to identify what exactly is going on. After this exam, he can help identify a patient’s pain at its source.

Through chiropractic adjustments and other therapies, Dr. Fisher can help treat your chronic pain! Chiropractic has been proven to treat:

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • poor posture
  • carpal tunnel
  • joint pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • neck pain
  • elbow pain
  • leg pain
  • arthritis