How Chiropractic Helps with Chronic Pain and Depression
Did you know that 100 million Americans deal with chronic pain on a regular basis? In contrast to acute pain, chronic pain can last for weeks, months, or years. Interestingly, some people suffer from this kind of pain without any definable injury or signs of body damage. Whether it’s caused by headaches, arthritis, or something else, there’s no question that chronic pain can be debilitating. Chronic pain has the potential to result in a domino effect, forcing previously active people away from being able to perform routine tasks, take care of children, or even engage in leisure activities. These changes can lead to depression, agitation, and anger. In this blog post, we will explain the relationship between chronic pain and depression, while also touching on how beneficial chiropractic can be in this regard.
Depression and Chronic Pain
As mentioned in this wellness information from the American Chiropractic Association, up to 80 percent of people with chronic pain also experience some degree of depression. Folks who fall into this category are easily agitated, unable to perform normal activities, and simply can’t concentrate.
Keep in mind that the first step of coping with this is getting to the root of the cause. If you’ve ever gone to a chiropractic clinic, you know that back pain specialists strive to get to the source of the issue rather than just masking the problem. Believe it or not, addressing the core of the pain will help the pain subside. Should you choose to consult your local chiropractor for advice with depression and chronic pain, they may advise you to stay active, as well as engage in techniques such as relaxation training, hypnosis, biofeedback, and guided imagery as coping mechanisms. Depending on your situation, a professional might also consider cognitive therapy, distraction, and dissociation. Not to mention, involving your family in the recovery process can be just as beneficial.
Seeking Help from a Chiropractor
Dating back centuries, chiropractic has been used to naturally heal and provide long-term pain relief. Patients tend to associate chiropractors with back pain and that’s about it. But that’s not accurate! Think of chiropractic offices as wellness centers instead. At Northern Nevada Chiropractic, we expand well beyond the relief of just back and neck pain. Every day, we reduce and eliminate a variety of health issues and their symptoms through comprehensive spine health care. At your initial consultation, it may be determined that other services such as massage, acupuncture, and/or physical therapy will be helpful in your treatment plan.
There’s no one-size-fits-all mentality when it comes to your health, nor should that be the case in terms of your chiropractic treatment. Led by Dr. Daniel Welch, our team of chiropractors will team with you in your effort to achieve optimal wellness.
If you struggle with chronic pain and depression on a regular basis, please don’t hesitate to discuss potential solutions with us. We are more than happy to help!
Contact Northern Nevada Chiropractic to schedule your first appointment.