Chronic Pain Treatment From Old Bridge Spine and Wellness
Chronic pain can have a major effect on your life. For many people, it prevents them from living fully. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help relieve chronic pain in many cases by correcting the musculoskeletal problems that cause pain in the first place. At Old Bridge Spine and Wellness in Old Bridge, also serving the areas of Freehold and Matawan, you’ll find a chiropractor who can not only relieve pain but also help you regain your overall health.
What is Chronic Pain?
There are essentially three kinds of pain: transient, intractable, and chronic. Transient pain is the sort that is acute but short-lasting – think of stubbing your toe. Intractable pain is overwhelming – severe, constant, and life-controlling – such as the pain from cancer. Chronic pain is a type of pain that continues for a long period of time – usually three months or more. In many cases, typical pain management strategies are not very effective for this kind of pain. There’s good evidence that chronic pain actually alters the brain structure and affects the entire nervous system.
What Causes Chronic Pain?
Many musculoskeletal and nervous system issues can result in chronic pain. Among these are herniated discs, spinal conditions such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid and traumatic arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines. Stress is nearly always a factor in chronic pain, and depression may also occur. In addition to the pain itself, most patients also have other health issues, such as obesity, sleep disorders, and changes in libido. People with chronic pain often use prescription medications or self-medicate with non-prescription drugs or alcohol and nicotine. It is also common for people with pain to change their gait or body mechanics, which leads to other sources of pain from stress on the musculoskeletal system.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Chronic Pain
In almost all cases, the musculoskeletal system is affected by chronic pain, even when the source of the pain is something seemingly unrelated like irritable bowel syndrome. This occurs because patients guard or restrict movement, setting the stage for muscle tension and spasm. In addition, because the nerves which control body systems and organs run off the spine, any spinal misalignments affect other functions like heart rate, digestion, and blood pressure. Spinal and other joint adjustments help resolve the musculoskeletal issues. Other treatments, like acupuncture or massage, can also help relieve pain and reduce stress. Nutritional counseling ensures optimal nutrition for health and daily life.
Our Chiropractor Can Help You Relieve Your Pain
If you suffer from acute or chronic pain, please contact Old Bridge Spine and Wellness at (732) 316-5895 for an appointment with one of our chiropractors. We offer a variety of services, including physical therapy and sports medicine, at our office serving the areas of Matawan, Old Bridge, and Freehold. We also have evening and Saturday hours available for your convenience.