Pain management has changed in the last few decades. Many now believe it’s not smart to take prescription medications or cortisone injections and expect that your muscle, spinal, or nerve pain is going to be relieved forever. You’ll need more than that!
The fact of the matter is that chiropractic pain management is a lot different than medical pain management. In one U.K. study, scientists followed 30 patients for 8 weeks to see what the difference in results was.
To measure one’s pain, you need a pain scale. Health practitioners will ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the worst possible pain you could ever have and 1 is no pain at all. Pain scales are often used to monitor a patient’s progress and to see if the current pain management strategies are working.
Chiropractic pain management involves the utilization of hands-on chiropractic manipulation, which will adjust one or more vertebrae and relieve any nerve compression that is occurring. The treatment involves several office visits; with each manipulation the nerve is allowed to heal itself a little bit more. Finally the healing is complete.
Chiropractic pain management isn’t restricted only to manipulation; other methods are used. What all the methods have in common is that they are painless, drug-free, and make a direct impact on the body physiologically. For example, cold laser will increase blood circulation to the injured tissues, decrease inflammation, and stimulate healing.
In one U.K. study, patients had chronic low back pain for more than three months. Twelve patients receiving medical pain management were treated in a hospital whereas the 18 chiropractic patients were treated in the chiropractor’s office.
At the end of the study, those receiving chiropractic care had a pain score 1.8 points lower than the medical group. The mean improvement in the patients’ conditions was much better for the chiropractic pain management group. This is just one of many studies demonstrating the benefits of chiropractic for natural, non-invasive pain relief.
So if you're searching for a way to manage pain without the effects of drugs or injections, contact your Oakleigh chiropractor, Dr. Liveriadis. He has successfully assisted hundreds of patients recovering from acute and chronic injuries. Contact North Road Chiropractic in Oakleigh, Melbourne to start feeling better today!
Wilkey, A., et al. A comparison between chiropractic management and pain clinic management for chronic low back pain in a national health service outpatient clinic. J Altern Complement Med 2008 Jun;14(5):465-73.