Thousands of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Unlike acute pain, which typically has a sole cause and cure and is a direct response that serves a protective function, chronic pain can last from six months to a few years, may be incurable, and does not typically serve to protect the body from harm.
Another unfortunate characteristic of chronic pain is that it is very inconsistent—no two people will experience chronic pain the same way, even if the pain has the same cause. In the same vein, chronic pain can be extremely unpredictable. One day, a patient may be able to move freely and feel little discomfort, while other days, they may be bed-ridden with intense flare-ups.
The chiropractors at Graybar Chiropractic treat North Carolina patients with chronic pain each day—chiropractic is one of many forms of treatment for chronic pain, particularly for pain in the back, neck, arms and legs. When dealing with unpredictable chronic pain, we know it’s important to maintain both routine and emergent pain management techniques to get you through the easiest and the toughest days.
Short-term pain management
Some of the most common forms of chronic pain management work well in the short-term, but not necessarily in the long-term. That does not mean these methods are ineffective; in fact, these treatments may be the best option for days where chronic pain is the most unpredictable and increase from discomfort to searing pain and immobility.
Over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications may help reduce inflammation – a common cause of pain in conditions like arthritis and herniated discs – or relax muscles in the painful area to provide relief.
Other short-term, at-home techniques may include stretching, yoga and exercises – all of which can help boost mobility and ease some discomfort – as well as mental focus techniques like meditation, imagery control, and distraction from the pain.
Long-term pain management
Although treatments like medications and meditation might work to ease pain in the short-term, inconsistent chronic pain may be helped in the long-term by more routine forms of therapy. These may include massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, and more.
Chiropractic is also a great treatment for chronic pain management. The goal of chiropractic in chronic pain is to re-align the spine and surrounding tissues for comprehensive pain relief, as well as to stabilize the muscles around the spine and other bones and joints, and to improve mobility in painful areas.
With routine care from a chiropractor, patients with chronic pain may see more consistent relief from pain and make their condition more consistently manageable. Additionally, chiropractors can provide useful exercises and stretches designed to alleviate specific pain to do at home, providing patients with the resources they need to improve their health on their own without becoming dependent on medications.
Using our holistic approach to wellness called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), Graybar Chiropractic seeks to minimize chronic pain symptoms in North Carolina patients and help you experience life to the fullest. If you suffer from unpredictable chronic back pain, call us today to learn more about our treatment options.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.