Chiropractic Care & Osteopathy for Chronic Pain Management
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic Pain is defined as pain lasting longer than 6 months, which exists when the initial injury or tissue damage is no longer the source of pain. It affects approximately 1 in 5 people, and can last for years, impacting quality of life and the ability to complete everyday tasks such as work, exercise or school. Chronic pain is different from an acute injury such as a broken bone or sprain which typically exists for less than 3 months. Chiropractors and osteopaths can assist in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.
Chronic pain can exist in all areas of the body. Most commonly, osteopaths and chiropractors treat chronic back pain, headaches or migraines and chronic neck, shoulder, hip or heel pain. Your chiro or osteo will conduct holistic assessment and treatment with the overall goal of reducing your pain and increasing your ability to partake in daily activities.
Current research into chronic pain suggests that the best treatment involves a multidisciplinary approach with physical and psychological assistance. This is because chronic pain is a complex condition which requires a holistic approach. Working with an osteopath or chiropractor as a part of your treatment team could be beneficial as they will identify and correct imbalances and assist you to regain strength and flexibility.
How can Chiropractic Care or Osteopathy assist in the Management of Chronic Pain?
Chiropractic care is focused on the structure and functioning of the body, particularly the spine. As chronic pain is largely linked to the functioning of the central nervous system, it is vital that the spinal cord and the nervous system are functioning optimally. A visit to the chiropractor may involve assessment, manual spinal manipulation and other relevant treatments as determined by your chiropractor.
Osteopathy is focused on the holistic functioning of the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs. Osteopathy is centred around the philosophy that the body can self-regulate and heal. Treatment from your osteopath may involve stretching, massage, mobilisation or other treatments to ensure your body is balanced and can heal naturally.
So if you are experiencing chronic pain, call us now on 03 9470 1010 for an appointment at our Melbourne CBD & Reservoir clinics.