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Chiropractic Treatments Champlin MN | Chronic Pain Management Chronic pain is a devastating health problem that affects at least 116 million American adults–more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. It costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. Chronic pain affects people of all ages, races, and occupations and without treatment, pain can have a significant impact on the pain sufferer and their entire family. For every person seeking relief from chronic pain, others are inevitably affected: husbands and wives, parents and children, friends, employers and co-workers. Chronic pain can interfere with every aspect of a person’s life: work, relationships, self-esteem, and emotional well-being. The Burden Of Pain Chronic pain brings a burden of depression, anxiety, frustration, fatigue, isolation, and lowered self-esteem. Pain makes it hard to work, hard to play, hard to get support from others, and hard to live a happy life. Chronic pain can literally shatter productive lives. Pain is the most common reason why people come to a chiropractor. Whether it’s intense throbbing from a migraine headache, fibromyalgia disorder, an auto, sports or work injury, or constantly aching joints from arthritis, we all want the pain to go away — and fast!  Sometimes pain is a temporary condition that will go away on its own (like after a minor injury or after surgery). But sometimes the pain is an indicator of something more serious, and it won’t get better until it’s treated. It is important that you get it diagnosed correctly. Exercise Reduces Anxiety of Chronic Disease People with chronic pain often experience pain...

MN Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain

How Chronic Pain Can Affect Your Family, Friends and Relationships Chronic pain affects many aspects of life. It can impact a person’s ability to work, be productive, and to function. In turn, it can affect them emotionally, physically, financially and socially. This can be stressful. Our body and mind are one and because of this, emotional stress directly affects out physical well-being and conversely physical stress directly affects our emotional well-being. Living Healthy With Chronic Pain Sometimes people with chronic pain withdraw from activities, friends and depression, and increased financial problems. Others continue to be involved with friends and family and continue working. The pain is still there, but the other issues may not be as significantly affected. Focusing on pain can increase depression and take ones focus off all of the other important things going on in life. Focusing on pain uses up energy and does not do anything to diminish the pain. In addition, it increases stress for family members. It can harm personal relationships and decrease self-esteem. It is far more productive to focus on abilities rather than disabilities. This will help the mindset that a normal life can be led despite the pain. Some people react to pain by severely restricting activity. They feel this is the only way they can control the pain. This results in reconditioning and increased weakness and ultimately decreased ability to perform regular daily activities. When stamina is lost, the thoughts of becoming active again can be very daunting. Chronic pain can also affect the spouse or significant other. It is very difficult when a loved one is on pain....

Can Chronic Pain Be Treated With Chiropractic Care?

Can Chronic Pain Be Treated? Because pain is a complex puzzle, no single health care profession holds the puzzle piece that solves this puzzle; rather, each health care profession holds a critical piece that contributes to the completion of the puzzle. Pain practitioners are trained to see their patients as multifaceted, whole systems requiring a multidisciplinary viewpoint. A numerous amount of therapeutic options are available to pain patients, ranging from allopathic medicine to various complementary disciplines. Today’s pain patients may select Western medicine, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, pharmaceuticals, chiropractic, nutrition, supplementation, body work, yoga and psychology, to name a few. What does this mean to the pain patient? The path to pain reduction lies in the power of applying many different healing therapies in a way that complements the patient’s needs, beliefs and personality. While each of these therapies offers healing, the patient remains the key component to pain reduction. Pain patients must believe and affirm that they can reduce their pain and then select those therapies that will assist in doing so. There are many ways to treat chronic pain that don’t include potentially addictive medication. Massage, chiropractic and acupuncture just to name a few. There are also behavioral therapies to help people cope with the pain. Pain is the most common reason why people come to the chiropractor. Whether it’s intense throbbing from a migraine or constantly aching joints from arthritis, we all want the pain to go away — and fast!  Sometimes pain is a temporary condition that will go away on its own (like after a minor injury or after surgery). But sometimes the pain is an...

Chiropractic Care For Pain

Are You Living With Chronic Pain? Coping with chronic pain can sometimes be the hardest part for people because it’s not well understood by the medical field or the general public. It can be very isolating and very socially degrading for people. People can appear quite well and still have several chronic pain issues. Studies have shown that approximately 20 to 30 per cent of the population is living with chronic pain. Some of those people never get help. What Is Chronic Pain? While acute pain is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury and the need to take care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Chronic pain persists despite the fact that an injury has healed. Pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years. Physical effects include tense muscles, limited mobility, a lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Emotional effects include depression, anger, anxiety, and fear of re-injury. Sometimes these fears can lead to more isolation, deepening depression and increased financial problems.  Common chronic pain complaints include: Headache Low back pain Cancer pain Arthritis pain Neurogenic pain (pain resulting from damage to nerves) Psychogenic pain (pain not due to past disease or injury or any visible sign of damage inside) There may have been an initial mishap — sprained back, serious infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain — arthritis, cancer, ear infection, but some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. What Is Acute Pain? Chronic vs. Acute Pain Acute pain begins...

Does Research Support Chiropractic Care?

Research Supporting Chiropractic Care Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic treatment is both safe and effective.  The following are excerpts from a few of the more recent studies.  By examining the research supporting chiropractic care, you will find that chiropractic offers tremendous potential in meeting today’s health care challenges. For Acute and Chronic Pain “Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.” – Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Nyiendo et al. (2000), In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care. — British Medical Journal, Korthals-de Bos et al. (2003) In Comparison to Other Treatment Alternatives “Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.” – Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Haas et al. (2005) “In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy,...

Acupuncture For Headaches

Chiropractic Care For Headaches Chronic headaches can be an incapacitating condition for its sufferers. Most modern treatments are only effective at numbing the symptomatic pain of the headache. The good news is that research shows that acupuncture for headaches is effective at controlling the pain and preventing reoccurrences of headaches. Headaches are commonly classified by their symptoms into the following categories: Migraine Headaches Cluster Headaches Sinus Headaches Tension Headaches TMJ Headaches What Is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a form of Oriental Medicine that is based upon the concept that health comes from the proper the flow of Qi, or energy, in your body. If this flow of Qi in your body becomes unbalanced, pain and disease can result. By inserting acupuncture needles into specific points along meridians, or energy pathways, the flow of Qi can be corrected. Activating your Qi with acupuncture can stop your headache pain and increase your body’s natural healing abilities. What Causes Headaches? In Oriental Medicine, the cause of headaches always begins with some form of internal deficiency. This deficiency can allow the invasion of Wind to create an external condition, where the headache occurs concurrently with a common cold. In other cases, the internal deficiency can lead to an excess Yang energy rising to the head, phlegm accumulation, or blood stasis. Yang Rising headaches are often brought on by stress and occur suddenly. Phelgm accumulation headaches feel dull and occur with mental cloudiness. Blood stasis headaches generally occur at night with a sharp, stabbing pain. Chronic headaches can also occur purely from deficiency of Qi, Blood, or Kidney essence. Deficiency headaches tend to have a...