Treating chronic pain, what is it and what can I do?

chronic painWhat is chronic Pain? It is pain that has persisted for more than six months although in some definitions it is considered chronic if it is over three months. To confuse maters more you could have acute exacerbation’s of a chronic pain condition that seem short lived but the chronic condition is an underling-factor in the acute condition. what are some of the common cause of chronic pain? Chronic pain can be caused by problems or irritations of the nervous system, injuries or degeneration of the joints, muscle injuries.

erve problems can be one of the causes of chronic pain. Interference with the nerve occurs when the nerves is  pinched, choked, stretched or chaffed. This can cause pain, numbness, tingling and other abnormal sensations. These types of nerve problems are correctable by a Doctor of Chiropractic . A Chiropractor can reduce or eliminate the pain by re-aligning the spine. Alignment is achieved through the use of safe, gentle and very specific adjustment to the spine and extremities.   These adjustments take the pressure off the nerves, allowing them to calm down and feel better.

oint problems are another factor in chronic pain or chronic pain syndrome. Healthy joint motion  should be fluid, free and smooth against each other. This motion is like ice gliding on ice.  Dysfunctional joints move like rusty old hinges and needs a shot of WD-40 oil, or the chiropractic adjustment.  When this happens, it sets the stage for arthritis, degenerative joint disease and chronic pain. It must be remember that for joints movement is health. Chiropractors are experts in joint movement and how it affects both nerves and muscles as well as the organ systems nearby.

uscles are under constant stress. Muscle attracted to injured nerves or joints are beyond stressed. If a muscle is injured due to the structures around it or direct trauma this will cause pain. This will cause the muscle to go into spasm, or worse develop trigger points. Trigger points are extremely painful spasms that can cause referred pain to travel up into your head, into your arm or down your leg often referred to as sciatica or carpal tunnel. These are some of the conditions that chiropractors are skilled at treating.

We fix these problems through a combination of acupressure therapy, stretches, laser and specific exercises.   If you’re suffering with muscle spasms, Mahler Family Chiropractic Center is your first stop on your road to recovery. Our unique approach to chiropractic care and unique methods restore joint motion, enhance flexibility, improve balance, and restore coordination. We also strengthen and stabilise the spine  as well as correct postural and structural distortions. Our clinical focus is to get you out of pain and  keep you out of pain by finding and correcting the root causes of the pain syndromes.

I welcome you to call us today to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. Is it not time to find out how our unique approach can get you out of pain, give you more energy, improve your posture, restore your flexibility, and improve your quality of life. If you have been suffering with chronic pain, call us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.   We can get together and discuss your case.   We look forward to hearing from you soon.  Please also feel free to visit us at our facility in Kingston, PA.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
http://mahler-chiropractic.com
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The Physiology of Pain

 

The physiology of pain can often be complicated. The bottom line is that pain is chiropractors can help with fibromyalgiaall in your head and is also based on your life experiences. Pain is also the bodies last warning system that something is wrong and often comes after months or even years of dysfunction.

So what is pain? Pain is the brains interpretation of the nerve signals being sent from the injured region of the body. There are several factors on how pain is perceived by an individual. One of the most important factors is life experience what is the worst pain ever to a child will often not phase an adult who has lived through several traumatic events. Second is the emotional state of the patient. Yes I did say the emotional state, people who are depressed or have other normal physiological factors may ether magnify painful symptoms or ignore them all together. Finally the quality of the signal is an important factor if the signal for pain that the brain must interpret is reduced or amplified by forces on the nerves themselves (chiropractic subluxations being one type), it is like using a dimmer switch on a light and the intensity of the pain may change. This is often seen when there is disc involvement or in sciatica.

As well as these three main factors on the quality of pain there are several factor that effect the location of the sensation of pain. Again location can be effected by interference with the nerve and how it transmits the signal. If there is pain in the right leg it may not be the right leg at all. In some instances pressure may be placed on the nerve as it exits the spine or even in the spine, but since the brain thinks this nerve ends at the foot it thinks you have foot pain. This is the same mechanism that causes phantom leg syndrome in amputees.

To further complicate the situation there are disease that excite the nervous system and produce the symptoms of pain in areas that may have no injury at all. Some of these conditions are fibromyalgia and RSD. Finely there is the double crush syndrome. This is often seen in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), and is when pressure is put on the nerve in two or more locations. In the case of CTS this is often the neck and wrist with some shoulder involvement. What happens is when the wrist puts pressure on the nerve there may be no symptoms but when the neck and wrist or shoulder and wrist or all three act up the hands go numb or become very painful to the point of being debilitating.

All of these factors make managing pain difficult in some case. If your pain doesn’t resolve in a reasonable amount of time you may have one or more of these factors. In these case it takes a professional with many years of experience to help track down the cause and place you on the road to recovery.

At Mahler Family Chiropractic Center we have over 10 years of experience helping people with these problems.

By: Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC

www.mahler-chiropractic.com

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