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Chronic Pain Management: Can a Chiropractor Help?

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People who live with chronic pain work with doctors and physical therapists to manage their pain level. Managing pain is essential for helping to reduce future health problems, but it also helps you to live as normally as possible. Simple things like household chores and working an office job can become almost impossible for someone who is in pain on a daily basis. 
Chiropractic care can be an important part of the pain management process. If you're looking for ways to expand your pain management approach, here's what you need to know about why chiropractic care is worth exploring. 
Individualized Alternative Treatment
Everybody is unique, which presents an interesting challenge in health care. Some people with pain may have great success with medications and physical therapy treatments. Others may be less responsive to traditional pain management methods.
Chiropractic care is no different. For some, frequent spinal manipulation and hip alignment might be the golden ticket to increased comfort. Others may not find it very helpful. The internet and your circle of friends will provide plenty of anecdotes one way or the other.
However, the only way to tell if chiropractic care is an approach that will work for you is to try a session. Many offices offer a discount for the first appointment. Others are actually covered (at least in part) by health insurance plans. 
Chiropractors have faced stigma in the past that they do not provide a real medical service. However, as alternative treatments for pain continue to be explored, it's clear they have something to offer on an individual level. Other alternative treatments, such as massage, meditation, and acupuncture, are also gaining traction in mainstream medicine. 
Service Variety
Many chiropractors have expanded their field of study beyond basic back and neck adjustments. Their goal is to improve skeletal health, which means approaching the underlying causes of pain. 
For example, many people develop lower back pain because of years of poor posture. Your doctor will not coach you on sitting well in your office chair, but your chiropractor may offer postural remediation services, electrical stimulation for tight muscles, and massage as part of the treatment session. Some may even help you change sleeping positions or research better mattresses. 
Similarly, people might see a chiropractor in several sessions to help reduce pain that comes from car accidents, whiplash, or slips and falls. Some chiropractors help to relieve aches and pains during pregnancy when pain relief options are limited for women. 
Also, one case of back pain may have many causes. For example, a person may have disc problems from poor posture, but a recent injury is what put those problems into overdrive. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for pain problems, which is why a variety of approaches may be right for you. 
Reduced Risk
Finally, recognize that many forms of chiropractic care are relatively gentle forms of treatment. The risk of causing or aggravating an injury is low with this form of care. In fact, regular care may even prevent future injuries.
A recent study in New Zealand showed that elderly adults who had chiropractic treatment had reduced risk of falls. They stepped with greater care and had more stability in their postures. For someone who already struggles with pain, the increased security against future accidents can be a lifesaver.
Also, if chiropractic care works for you, you can reduce riskier forms of pain management. Prescription pain medications can be highly addictive, and they can be hard to obtain for long-term pain management.
For more information on whether seeing a chiropractor can help with your chronic pain, contact us at East Broadway Chiropractic & Rehab.