There are different forms of physical trauma that can have a significant impact on one’s body and health. Obvious traumas such as car accidents or falls can create injury to muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and alter alignment and biomechanics. Less obvious trauma, such as repetitive strain or micro-trauma, can also cause soft tissue injury. Sitting at a desk over a computer for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week causes postural stresses that can result in fatigue and chronic pain.
Research has demonstrated the simple act of carrying one’s head forward, as when slouching, results in increased loading of upper back and shoulder musculature more than two and a half times normal. Bad posture, repetitive strain and muscle fatigue is one of the most common causes of injury and stress to the nervous system seen in a chiropractic office.
Chiropractic, therapeutic massage, and acupuncture are proven methods that successfully handle traumatic injury.
Two major types of chronic pain include: musculoskeletal (MSK) pain related to bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles and neuropathic pain often felt as a burning sensation or shooting pain caused by nerve or tissue damage.
In a 2011 study from Queen’s University, when asked the simple question, “Are you usually free of pain or discomfort?” 55% of the Canadian population reported to suffer non-specific chronic pain. Most of these patients report pain in their back, joints or head, whether from MSK conditions or other underlying conditions. Pain in these areas may be caused by a trauma or a physical event, like a car accident or a slip and fall, but most often the pain presents as non-specific or without a known underlying cause. However, there are numerous underlying structural or mechanical causes that can be addressed through conservative care.
The good news for chronic pain sufferers is that there is care available. Conservative care, including chiropractic, can help to alleviate acute and chronic symptoms as well as correct underlying mechanical dysfunctions and recommend exercises to keep the body moving.
A 2012 U.S. study has revealed that patients receiving chiropractic treatment combined with exercise for chronic neck pain were twice as likely to become pain-free than those receiving medication. The results of the study are encouraging for chronic pain sufferers who prefer not to take medication to manage their pain:
Chiropractic care as part of the healthcare team can play an important role in the assessment and management of chronic pain related to MSK conditions. More and more studies are providing evidence of effective relief of chronic pain through chiropractic treatment.
Source: Canadian Chiropractic Association www.chiropractic.ca
The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
A wellness approach to health means adopting a variety of healthy lifestyle habits for optimum function on all levels – physical, mental, social, and spiritual.
Chiropractic care can be an important part of a wellness lifestyle due to its focus on the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for our ability to adapt to internal and external environments and controls the function of our tissues, organs and glands.
Just as it is recommended to brush and floss teeth to maintain dental health, wellness Chiropractic care can maintain spine and nervous system health. Spinal maintenance can play a significant role in optimal daily performance and injury prevention even in the absence of symptoms or obvious dysfunction.