Suffering from the effects of daily chronic pain can be completely draining. The discomfort that you experience can severely impact upon your overall quality of life and quite often others are totally oblivious to your struggles. Research is only starting to reveal the extent to which chronic pain impacts upon someones mental wellbeing (i.e depression and anxiety).
Historically management for chronic pain sufferers has been via medications, while these may address your pain can leave you open to nasty long term side effects. Needless to say that this approach is not always the most appropriate treatment and these days people are much more aware about alternative approaches.
Chiropractic Management For Chronic Pain Sufferers
Chiropractic care is an extremely gentle and non-invasive musculoskeletal approach that is appropriate for all individuals. Chiropractors may employ various techniques that are designed to improve the general function of the body, improve movement and reduce pain. Common techniques are spinal manipulative therapy, spinal mobilisation therapy, exercise, nutritional advice and lifestyle advice. It is important to recognize that treatment that may be beneficial for one individual suffering chronic pain may not be the same to someone else as everyone’s needs and preferences are different.
- A Chiropractic study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined the effect of Chiropractic care and exercise compared to that of medication usage for chronic pain sufferers. The study included a total of 272 people who were followed up over a twelve week period. The results demonstrated that 32% of people receiving Chiropractic care became pain free, 30% improved via exercise while only 13% noted significant improvement with medication.
Other Approaches That Are Worthy Of Mention
- Acupuncture is rapidly growing in popularity for its potential benefits for facilitating whole body relaxation. Many individuals have noted improvements in chronic pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis
- Medical Marijuana, while not legal in Australia just yet the Victorian government is undertaking interesting research into this area which may lead to legalisation and pain relief for sufferers
- Exercise has many known benefits, particularly for aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. As well as this, movement improves brain function, reduces anixety/depression and may lower pain levels
- Supplementation & Vitamins such as Fish oils, topical agents (Capsaicin), glucosamine and more can relieve chronic pain symptoms. It is important to discuss any supplements with a health professional before considering adding these to your daily diet
- Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and Hypnosis are alternative avenues worth consideration and discussion with your health practitioner