Why Chiropractic Care Is a Good First Step for Treating Chronic Pain

The nerves in your body travel along the spine from your brain to the rest of your body. Disruptions along this pathway can leave you in varying levels of pain. Chiropractors like Jeffrey Klein, DC, and Marc Bobrowsky, DC, at Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness help relieve your pain in multiple ways.

They use chiropractic adjustments to realign spinal discs and bones, plus such healing modalities as massage and physical therapy, to relieve your pain and stiffness, promote better circulation and lymphatic draining, and improve your range of motion.

Relieve back pain without drugs or surgery

Since surgery carries many risks, your first choice to relieve back pain should always be nonsurgical. Nearly one quarter of adults in the United States experience lower back pain lasting at least one day in a three-month period, according to the The American College of Physicians (ACP).

The ACP recommends treating lower back pain with drug-free therapies such as massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation. The experts also agree that drugs, such as opioids, should only be a last resort.

Your initial chiropractic visit

After providing your medical history, you discuss your current symptoms with Dr. Klein or Dr. Bobrowsky. They then examine your spine and musculoskeletal system, which includes your muscles, ligaments and tendons, and bones, for areas of pain to determine your best course of treatment.

To lessen your pain, your doctor manipulates your spine, applying brief pressure on the joints between your vertebrae to open nerve pathways. He may also suggest additional types of treatments, including physical therapy, physiotherapy and massage.

Repetitive stress may lead to repetitive pain

Humans tend to be creatures of habit. Some habitual activities, such as improperly lifting heavy items without bending at the knees, sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen for hours using poor posture without an ergonomically correct chair, or simply repeating routine household chores, can all lead to chronic pain.

The sources of your pain

Pain can spring from a variety of causes, including:

Symptoms of back pain include:

Your crucial network of nerves

Nerve pain affects every area of your life, making even simple movements difficult. Your highly evolved network of nerves incorporates three major systems:

Sensory nerves  

Sensory nerves enable you to feel pain and other sensations by transmitting information from your muscles and skin to your brain and spinal cord. Sensory nerve damage may produce pain, tingling, burning, or lack of coordination.

Autonomic nerves

Autonomic nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body, such as digestion, blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature.

Motor nerves

Motor nerves carry information from your brain through the spinal cord to your muscles to affect your actions.

Chiropractic care promotes whole-body healing

Traditional medical care usually focuses on treating the symptoms of pain, rather than its underlying cause. Chiropractors, on the other hand, incorporate a range of treatments, including spinal adjustments, physical therapy, physiotherapy, and massage, to relieve pain and remove toxins from your system, without resorting to invasive surgery or drugs.

Our doctors at Broadway Chiropractic and Wellness in New York City use a holistic approach to help relieve your pain and restore normal function. Call us or request an appointment online today.

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