Ask anyone living with chronic pain about their experience, and they will give you an honest answer.
Their quality of life is low, every day is a challenge, and few people have given them hope.
Unfortunately, the first step in treating chronic pain is managing it, rather than addressing it.
If patients are successful in treating the pain in the short run, many relapses.
Without understanding the root cause of their pain, the cycle is doomed to repeat.
Fortunately, there are options for those looking to heal. With the right methods, you can be free from chronic pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes in the mind body connection.
This connection exists through the life force that flows through all living things called qi (pronounced “chee”).
The qi flowing through us keeps our wellbeing in harmony.
TCM says an out of balance qi results in many of the diseases and disorders we face today, including chronic pain.
The team at Atlantic Chiropractic uses acupuncture to reestablish the flow of qi and bring healing to the body.
By placing fine needles along specific pathways called meridians, they restore balance to your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self.
By restoring harmony, you can rid yourself of what is causing your chronic pain.
Far too often pain management techniques involve pain suppression through medication.
Instead of focusing on healing the underlying cause of the pain, doctors and patients are satisfied when there is an absence of pain.
Unfortunately, without proper healing, pain management is rarely an effective permanent solution.
Patients often experience pain relapse, often coming back worse than before.
The Body Science Therapy clinic looks beyond pain management to heal the underlying injury.
They use an integrated approach to treatment by offering non-invasive, customized therapy programs.
Through physiotherapy, you will not only address the specific cause of your pain, but you will improve overall muscle functioning as well.
Sometimes muscles suffer from tension that could benefit from a massage.
Using a hands-on approach, a massage therapist will manipulate your body’s soft tissue to provide much needed relief.
These techniques will release any knots causing pain that have built up in your muscles.
With a release in the tension and stiffness, you’ll likely find an improvement in your mobility.
You will also find increased blood circulation to your muscles.
With better circulation, you will experience an overall improvement in your muscular health.
Healthy muscles also mean enhanced healing and recovery for injuries, as well.
Chronic stress can cause chronic pain. Stress can cause tense muscles, migraines, and even painful digestive problems.
Without a regular stress management routine, you risk the stress/pain cycle to repeat over and over.
Yoga and tai chi aim to bring your mind and body into balance.
They focus on movements and breathing exercises proven to reduce stress and uplift your general mood.
Meditation is another proven stress reducer. By taking time for intentional relaxation, you will find everyday stress melting away.
As you meditate, try to find a calm center to focus on and allow your breath to flow smoothly.
Even 10 minutes/day will improve your overall well-being.
There is no need to live like you have no hope.
Understanding what is causing your chronic pain is the first step to healing.
The connection between the mind and body creates possibilities for healing where you may not have thought possible.
It’s possible to live pain free.