How Alternative Medicine Can Help With Chronic Pain

How Alternative Medicine Can Help With Chronic Pain

Pain can be a complex issue that affects all areas of your life. Whether the pain is caused by an automobile accident, chronic illness, or has an unknown cause, it can impact every facet of your life. While pain cannot always be eliminated it can be reduced to a tolerable level, which will in turn enhance function, mood and quality of life. In the past decade, there has been a growing acceptance of alternative medicine for treating pain.

Some of these alternative methods include:

Chiropractic Treatment and Massage

Chiropractic is a system of therapy focused on the structure of the body, particularly the spine. Chiropractors manipulate the body’s alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to help the body heal itself.

While the mainstay of chiropractic care is spinal manipulation, it may also include other treatments, including manual or manipulative therapies, postural and exercise education, and ergonomic training. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we will work in conjunction with  your primary care doctor or surgeon to treat your pain.

Massage is also being increasingly used by people suffering from pain, mostly to manage chronic back and neck problems. Massage can reduce stress and relieve tension by enhancing blood flow. This treatment also can reduce the presence of toxins that may generate and sustain pain.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is thought to decrease chronic pain by increasing the release of endorphins, chemicals that block pain. Many acu-points are near nerves. When stimulated, these nerves cause a dull ache or feeling of fullness in the muscle. The stimulated muscle sends a message to the central nervous system, causing the release of endorphins that block the message of pain from being delivered to the brain.

Acupuncture may be useful as an accompanying treatment for many pain-related conditions, including headache, low back pain, menstrual cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and myofascial pain.

Dietary Approaches

Some researchers believe changing dietary fat intake and/or eating plant foods that contain anti-inflammatory agents can help ease pain by limiting inflammation.

Weight loss achieved by a combination of dietary changes and increased physical activity has also been shown to alleviate osteoarthritis pain.

At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we have a nutritionist on staff that can help you be the healthiest version of yourself.

Injection Therapy

At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we can develop a pain management program just for you and your level of pain. Below is a list of common pain services that are provided at our clinic. Please follow the links for more information.

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