Too often, we treat pain with medications. Unfortunately, many pain medications have bad side effects, and can be addictive. At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we encourage patients struggling with pain to consider all of their alternatives before resigning themselves to long-term medication use.
Some drug free treatment options to manage pain include:
Once seen as bizarre, acupuncture is rapidly becoming a mainstream treatment for pain. Studies have found that it works for pain caused by many conditions, including fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, back injuries, and sports injuries.
Regular physical activity has big benefits for people with many different painful conditions. Study after study has found that physical activity can help relieve chronic pain, as well as boost energy and mood.
In general, chiropractic care evaluates the spine or any extremity joint (i.e. knee, shoulder) and its supportive soft tissues to determine proper body mechanics and movement. It also assesses if pain and dysfunction are due to one or more possibilities, including degenerative changes, arthritis, sprains, strains, muscle imbalances, muscle spasms, weakness, entrapments of nerves or inter-vertebral disk herniations.
At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, our experienced, board-certified Chiropractic physicians focus treatment in the field of Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation, evaluating the impact of a condition on the whole person, not just their symptoms.
They see patients of all ages who are experiencing a wide range of problems; from back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel, knee injuries, frozen shoulders, muscle weakness, or any injury which makes it difficult to function at home, in the workplace or during recreational and athletic activities.
Supplements and Vitamins
There is evidence that certain dietary supplements and vitamins can help with certain types of pain. Fish oil is often used to reduce pain associated with swelling. Topical capsaicin, derived from chili peppers, may also help with arthritis, diabetic nerve pain, and other conditions.
Reducing stress is crucial in pain management. There are number of stress reduction approaches, including:
- Yoga: There’s good evidence that yoga can help with chronic pain, specifically fibromyalgia, neck pain, back pain, and arthritis.
- Relaxation Therapy: This is actually a category of techniques that help people calm the body and release tension, a process that might also reduce pain. Research shows that relaxation therapy can help with fibromyalgia, headaches, osteoarthritis and other conditions.
- Music Therapy: This approach gets people to either perform or listen to music. Studies have found that it can help with many different pain conditions, like osteoarthritis and cancer pain.
- Biofeedback: This approach teaches you how to control normally involuntary bodily functions, like blood pressure or your heart rate. Studies have found that it can also help with headaches, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.
- Massage: Research indicates that massage can help ease pain from rheumatoid arthritis, neck and back injuries, and fibromyalgia.
At Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center, we offer alternative pain management treatments, including:
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