If you have ongoing pain, you’ve probably heard every suggestion under the sun. Icing, heating, over the counter pain medication, prescription pain meds, specific stretches, essential oils, homeopathic salves — the list goes on and on. There are plenty of different pain treatment methods out there to help you avoid surgery, but not all of them work the way your friends and family swear they will. Whether you feel as if you’ve tried every method under the sun or not, there’s one great option that can help with everything from sciatica to chronic pain to a sports-related injury. If you’re someone who has tried a myriad of different treatments, there’s no need to feel skeptical. Here are the facts that make chiropractors stand out:
Healing Pain Is Our Specialty
The central focus of all chiropractic care is the spine and nervous system — the two parts of your body that play the major role in any feeling of pain. Chiropractors receive a Doctor of Chiropractic degree after many years of training and study, complete with a heavy science basis; in Illinois, they are then licensed as physicians. However, unlike a surgeon, a chiropractor’s focus is an entire system and how affects the entire body, rather than honing in on one small portion of the body. Specifically, chiropractors focus on the spine, nervous system, and joint function as one cohesive system.
What this means, in essence, is that chiropractors use techniques centered on spine and joint care to help relieve pain and heal injuries naturally — without invasive surgery or prescribing medication. The nervous system controls all the sensations you feel throughout your body, both good and bad. And, since it’s so deeply intertwined with your spine, focusing in on spinal care can have a big impact on your nervous system and the pain you feel. Even if you feel pain in your wrist or leg, rather than your back, it can be connected to your spine’s wellbeing.
Treating Injuries, Not Symptoms
One of the most prevalent differences that makes chiropractors stand out is the focus on whole-body health and well-being. Chiropractic care offers pain relief and better healing of injuries. By focusing on spinal and nervous system treatment, your chiropractor will dig into the root cause of your pain rather than simply treating the symptoms. And, because chiropractors focus on whole-body joint and nervous system health, they may find injuries that seem unrelated to your pain. For example, the sciatic nerve starts in the lower back and runs down each leg to the foot. So, if something happens to your lower back that affects the sciatic nerve, you might feel some pain in your lower back, but you may also feel that pain in your thighs, knees, or calves. Because your nervous system spans through the entirety of your body, focusing in on the health of the spine and nervous system can often soothe pain throughout your body without the need for surgery.
Working With Other Treatments
Chiropractic care also works well to supplement other treatments, in large part because it is a non-invasive care option. It can be used to help heal injuries both before (or sometimes in place of) surgery, but it can also be a good option to help your body heal more strongly after surgery. Again, since the focus is on helping your nervous system heal, chiropractic techniques can be a great way to help soothe pain naturally.
In addition, chiropractic care can be a helpful supplement to other healing techniques, such as physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Be sure to speak with your chiropractor about all other treatments you are receiving as well as what your pain symptoms are so they can provide you with well-rounded, tailored treatments and advice.
Treating Pain Origins
Many medications treat the symptoms but don’t actually help heal the underlying cause. Chiropractic treatments can get to the root of your pain, provide relief, and help those injuries or issues heal. For specialized chiropractic health in Peoria, the Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa team can help. Our chiropractic team works hand-in-hand with our physical therapists, acupuncturists, and massage therapists to provide you with well-rounded, natural care. Contact us today to help your body heal naturally!