Pain is serious business. Although pain can present itself in many different ways, recurring pain of any sort demands attention of a healthcare practitioner. In a society where instant gratification drives our decisions in many ways, it’s not surprising that many people opt to take over-the-counter and prescription medications for their pain. While popping a pill certainly alleviates the pain temporarily, we must remember that pain is our body’s way of telling us that something needs attention. Numbing the pain with a pill is effective for the moment, but it does little to address the underlying cause.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I see hundreds of patients every month who deal with chronic and intermittent pain. For some, the pain manifests itself as a headache, for others it is a shooting pain down their leg, or a tingling in their arms, or a dull ache in their low back. That pain has a source, a place where the nerves are abnormally firing from because something is placing abnormal pressure on them (commonly called a “pinched nerve”). It is my job to identify the location of the pressure on the nerve, through physical exam, x-rays, and other advanced testing methods, and relieve that pressure through gentle, focused manipulation techniques used in chiropractic adjustments.
In most cases, x-rays and physical examination will quickly show the source of the pain as a misalignment in the spine, known as a subluxation. In some cases, subluxations are occurring in another area of the skeleton, and those can also be adjusted through chiropractic manipulation therapy. At Senara, we take a whole body approach to these issues, and if there are muscular issues that are also contributing to the pain we prescribe physical therapy and myofascial release massage therapy treatments when medically necessary. Additionally, acupuncture, nutrition counseling, and supplements are available to help with pain management and treatment.
Taking a proactive approach to your pain begins with identifying the root cause of the pain, and then continues by actively working to keep pressure points from impeding nerve function through regular chiropractic care. When a proactive approach is taken, focusing not only on the source of the pain but the whole body as well, the body can function optimally as a self-healing and self-regulating system. This will decrease the need for medications and support the body in staying healthy long-term.
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We look forward to helping you to Live Life Well,
Dr Keith Kramer