Chiropractors: Helping Chronic Pain Without Opioids or Other Medications

The opioid epidemic has slowly overtaken America. What started out as a method of treating patients with chronic pain has now become a menace. People are addicted, even though they may no longer inpain, and turning to street drugs in order to feed their habits. Police officers and other first responders carry opioid overdose reversal drugs on them, despite public outcry, and things just seem to be getting worse. People with actual chronic pain, such as the type that stems from arthritis, either can no longer get the medications that make their lives bearable, or they are forced into pain management and physical therapy. The end result is a major problem that seems to have very little in the way of a solution – until you consider chiropractic care.

Chiropractors Treat Pain and Inflammation

Many people with chronic pain conditions never think of going to a chiropractor. It just doesn’t dawn on them that these medical specialists can do more than just realign the spine. This is due to the fact the profession is still misunderstood. In reality, a chiropractor can relieve chronic pain and inflammation without the help of any drugs. They are trained in the fine art of pain relief, and yes, realignments are a major part of this. However, there are other factors at play, most of which a chiropractor will inform you of in order to help with your arthritis and other types of pain.

Whole Body Wellness Not Medications

The first time that you go to a chiropractor, they will sit down and ask you a lot of questions. Some of them may seem unusual, but it’s important for the practitioner to know whether or not you’ve been under a lot of stress or how much sleep you get each night. They need to know what types of food you eat. Of course, many of these questions will be about the pain that you’re in, and x-rays may possibly be taken if medically necessary in order to further diagnose any issues. Basically, before your chosen chiropractor even attempts to relieve your pain, they will be able to discern any and all of the potential causes – beyond basic arthritis and inflammation.

Why does this matter? Well, your pain might be caused by the breakdown of your cartilage, but it might be exacerbated by a lack of sleep or a lot of stress. Certain foods can wreak havoc on your system, making your inflammation worse. A chiropractor looks at your overall wellness in order to find additional solutions to your pain. They might suggest cutting certain foods and beverages out of your system or even getting more sleep at night. If stress is an issue, they might have some good solutions and suggestions. By getting to every root cause of your pain, a chiropractor is more likely to help prevent it in the future. Of course, a realignment is a part of this, but you’ll feel better overall once you make those suggested lifestyle changes. Compare this to a pain management physician, who simply provides medications.

Deconditioning Yourself and Helping Your Pain

People, in general, are conditioned to take medications to help with their problems. Pain? “Here, take pain medication.” However, there’s much more to it than that. The pain might be caused by a diet full of foods that simply aren’t good for you, a lack of exercise, or far too much stress. By making overall lifestyle changes recommended by a chiropractor, you’re deconditioning yourself from quick fixes and setting the scene for some real pain relief. No addictive medications required.

Chiropractors and Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: What You Need to Know

Through the course of a day, chiropractors see patients with numerous conditions. Some have simple aches and pains from things such as sleeping in the wrong position or standing too long. Others have arthritis or even multiple sclerosis, both of which cause pain of various types. Although multiple sclerosis is often thought of as a condition that makes it hard to move around and control your limbs, it can cause pain as well, leading suffers to head to the chiropractor for relief.

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (also known as MS) is a disorder that occurs when your immune system begins to attack the protective covering on the nerves called myelin. The nerves that are attacked are supposed to respond to the brain, sending it various signals. When that protective covering is tampered with, those signals become muddled. As a result, you may have a hard time moving around and performing everyday tasks, and you might end up with quite a bit of pain.

Those with MS tend to have “flare-ups” where the disease progresses quite a bit before calming back down. The period of “calmness” is referred to as remission. In some cases, remission can last for years at a time before another flare occurs. However, even during remission, people with MS can have quite a bit of pain, which can be treated by a chiropractor.

How Can a Chiropractor Help MS Pain?

In order to understand how a chiropractor can help provide relief for the pain caused by MS, you first need to know what they do. A chiropractor has the ability to adjust two of the three different types of joints in the body. The first is called a synovial joint. These are the ones that help the body move around. For example, elbow joints, wrist joints, hip joints, and even knee joints are all synovial joints. The second type is a cartilaginous joint, which doesn’t move as freely as synovial ones. These joints, like the ones in the spine, move a little but lack a full range of motion. The third type of joint, called a fibrous one, doesn’t move at all. The plates that make up the skull are connected by fibrous joints. A chiropractor works with the first two types of joints in order to relieve pain. They cannot do anything for the third. Chiropractors are trained in how to realign the joints in the body. They perform adjustments to the spinal column that houses the nervous system. When the spine is aligned and moving properly, the nervous system will then work properly which can lessen pain and help with inflammation. When parts of the body get out of alignment (the spine is the most common “culprit” so to speak) they cause pain. Once everything is realigned, the pain will lessen. This is why a chiropractor can help those with MS – they can take care of the misalignments and the inflammation that are hallmarks of the condition.

Swollen Joints and MS

Since MS does more than just affect the control that the brain has over the body, a chiropractor can help. Inflammation can set in and make it harder for people with MS to move their joints. In addition, when the spine ends up out of alignment, it puts pressure on certain nerves in the back, causing pain. A chiropractor can help by readjusting the spine, helping with that specific nerve pain. In addition, they can help with the inflammation, taking care of the pain in the joints. The approach taken by a chiropractor depends on where the pain is located and which portion of the spine is out of alignment.

On top of this, a chiropractor will focus on a part of the spine at the top of the neck, near the brainstem. A misalignment here can cause widespread pain throughout the body, as well as inflammation. Despite the fact that this is located near the brainstem, the technique is actually well known and practiced, making it much less intimidating than it sounds.

Always Check with A Specialist

Of course, before you head to a chiropractor for relief from pain and inflammation, you should check with your MS specialist. They will let you know whether or not seeing a chiropractor is a good idea, and if they decide that it is, more than likely have a specific list of those with the specialized skills to help.

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