Pain is a common part of the human experience. We all go through varying degrees of pain throughout our lives, whether it is acute, chronic, traumatic, or severe.
Pain is a useful tool, telling you when something is dangerous to your body, or has gone wrong in it. It is easy to understand what your body is telling you when you touch something hot, but what should you do when you feel pain but don’t know why?
The trick to pain management is not simply making the pain go away or masking it with pain medications. It is important to figure out what the pain is trying to tell you. Only then can you develop a care plan that heals the cause of your pain.
How Do These Therapies Work?
Chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy all share a similar approach to pain treatment. They emphasize that acute, chronic, and neuropathic pain can often be treated without resorting to surgery or addictive medications. While each type of therapy has its unique benefits, using two or more in tandem can enhance their ability to heal and relieve pain.
Chiropractic Care Impacts More than Just Your Spine
Chiropractic therapy is based on the knowledge that your body is not made of individual, isolated parts. Rather, your skeleton, muscles, and nervous system are all radically interconnected. While over a third of patients who seek chiropractic care are looking for relief from back pain, chiropractors treat a myriad of problems. Car accidents, muscle strains, sports injuries, various joint and muscle pains, headaches, and a limited range of motion are all important reasons to seek chiropractic care.
Chiropractors most often use hands-on spinal manipulation, paired with other alternative treatments or strengthening regimens to bring your body’s musculoskeletal system back into proper alignment. Correct alignment allows for the proper transmission of nerve pulses through the body. If your vertebrae are out of alignment due to injury, muscle tension, or emotional stress, this can negatively impact a whole host of bone, joint, muscle, and nervous system functions, which eventually leads to pain. Spinal manipulation brings your spine back into proper alignment, often decompressing affected nerves which allows your nervous system to function optimally.
At Temecula Center for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Hazen uses the Cox Technique, a method that combines spinal manipulation with decompression techniques. It is a gentle, non-force chiropractic approach used by 67.3% of chiropractic physicians. This combination of chiropractic and osteopathic techniques is extremely effective for non-surgical pain relief, especially in cases of disc herniation and stenosis. The Cox Technique is unique in that it is effective for both complex and less complex conditions. The spinal and extremity adjustments are geared to your body and needs for maximum pain relief.
The goal of any quality chiropractor is to eventually reduce the frequency of your appointments. Due to this, chiropractors will coach you on proper posture to help keep your body in alignment and will often give you an at-home muscle strengthening regimen. Strengthening the muscles around the properly aligned bones will help keep those bones in place, allowing for decreased reoccurrence of pain. Not only that, strengthening and stretching often means less tension in the muscles, which will ultimately lead to fewer musculoskeletal issues.