To no one’s surprise, chronic pain can put a huge damper on the quality of every aspect of your life. With constant pain, it can be difficult to focus on anything else other than surviving the pain. Work, leisure, even the simple activity of just going out with your friends or loved ones can become a monumental task. Pain doesn’t stop at the physical symptoms either. Long term pain often creates an almost overwhelming sense of hopelessness and loss of enjoyment. However, there is hope. Here at Life Chiropractic of Grass Valley, we are well-versed in using chiropractic to heal chronic pain and help you live with reduced tension and increased energy.
The Mechanics of Pain
The body has a language and is always talking to us. Unfortunately, our culture hasn’t put much value on learning how to listen to the body. Pain is your body’s alarm system. When pain shows up it’s often a good indication that something has gone wrong or is out of balance somewhere in your body.
Whether it’s a cut, a muscle cramp, back or neck injury, your nervous system sends a signal to your brain telling it that something is wrong, and that signal is registered as pain. It’s a warning to limit your activity to avoid further damage.
Unfortunately, limiting activity and movement over time actually perpetuates and worsens the pain. This becomes a cycle of more pain leading to more limitations and so on. Joints are meant to move and the message we get from pain is to limit movement. That works in the short term but actually often leads to chronic pain.
This is one reason I often see people experiencing pain that we can trace to injuries years ago. The body compensated to take pressure off the injured area but over years those compensations created problems that led to chronic pain.
Chronic pain is often the result of a joint and nerve dysfunction. Without correcting this the signals are sent continuously, even though the original stimulus is long gone. Your body is always doing whatever it can to bring you back to balance and correct the cause of the pain. It does this by adapting and compensating in an effort to take pressure off of the irritated nerves. As I’ve mentioned, those compensations eventually cause more pain due to imbalances and uneven wear and tear.
3 Keys How Chiropractic Can Help
While pain medication can be effective short term in reducing pain it does nothing to change the underlying cause of the pain. Medication is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. Rather than treating the cause of the pain, pain medicines usually just block the pain signals so that you no longer feel pain for the duration of their effect. Some painkillers, opioids as well as NSAIDs, can also have severe negative side effects, such as heart problems, stomach ulcers, and liver damage.
Thankfully, chiropractic care gets to the root of the problem. By adjusting the spine and eliminating subluxations, pressure is taken off of the spinal cord, reducing the likelihood of errant signals elsewhere in the nervous system by targeting the source. Not only that, but as an all-natural practice, chiropractic has none of the negative side effects of pain medicines.
Here are the 3 Keys that chiropractic offers:
#1 Balance: chiropractic helps return your skeletal structure to balance with level pelvis, shoulders and head. This greatly reduces the stress that your joints, muscles, and nervous system have to deal with in their constant effort to return to balance.
#2 Joint Motion and Alignment: joints are intended to move. That is the entire purpose of joints, to provide motion. Chronic pain both causes joint restriction and is caused by a loss of joint mobility. Returning the joints of the hips, pelvis, and spine to improved mobility has the effect of turning down the pain.
#3 Ease of Body Motion: when you are in a state of balance and your joints are able to move as they are intended you have much greater ease in moving your body through the activities of your day. This is another dramatic reduction in the stress responsible for chronic pain.
Our chiropractors, Dr. Bill Berkowitz, has firsthand experience with chiropractic treating what has been deemed by other doctors to be untreatable. We believe that good health comes from inside, and regular and precise adjustments are all the body needs to heal on its own.
Bringing more than 3 decades of practice experience, Dr. Bill Berkowitz focuses on balancing and corrective care, applying his expertise to provide patients with predictable, repeatable and measurable results.
Dr. Bill consistently strives to enhance the well-being of his patients by addressing the root imbalances of their problems and promoting optimal balance, alignment, and function of the spine and nervous system. His commitment to delivering corrective chiropractic care has earned him a reputation for excellence among both colleagues and patients alike.
Bill’s wealth of knowledge and experience has allowed him to develop a nuanced understanding of the human body and its intricate connections. With each adjustment, he supports the body in returning to a state of balance that goes beyond mere symptom relief, focusing instead on long-term correction for his patients’ well-being.
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