There are many ways you can combat pain in the wake of an injury. One of the most common ways is through the use of prescription medication. However, given the rise in opioid addiction throughout the country, alternative forms of pain management may be warranted.
Chiropractic care, like physical therapy, has long been regarded as an alternate way to treat musculoskeletal problems that often result from injuries. When faced with pain, you may want to consider the benefits that chiropractors provide. Take a look at four advantages this type of pain management route may have.
- Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help Speed Recovery: When you suffer an injury that leaves you in a heap of pain, you will do almost anything to help speed recovery. A chiropractic adjustment, while perhaps not in the area of the injury, can still benefit your body overall. When muscles are torn or ligaments injured, blood flow may be restricted from these areas. The skeletal system around the injury may start to shift, especially if this pain is in the back area. An adjustment of the bones in the vicinity of the damage may help relieve pressure on the affected tissue and allow blood to flow unimpeded. New blood flow means oxygen can make its way to the area helping to restore functionality and repair it.
- Adjustments Help Increase Mobility: Pain doesn’t make you want to move around too much. Ceasing movement in an injured area is one of the worst things a person can do. It aids in the formation of scar tissue. This tissue is hard and challenging to remove once it settles in. This does not have to be the case. A correctly applied adjustment to the proper area can help you regain mobility you may have lost due to an injury.
- Chiropractic Manipulation Decreases Inflammation: Swollen muscles are often attributed to small tears that are often difficult to detect. However, an increase in blood flow to the inflamed area can stimulate muscle regeneration and repair the micro-tears that often lead to sore and swollen muscles. Chiropractic adjustment can help spur the recirculation of blood through the area and as a result, help reduce the swelling caused by these tears.
- Modifications to Spinal Alignment Can Help Ease Pain Elsewhere: The spine is the main pathway for nerves to pass on their way to other areas of the body. When a misalignment disrupts the route, it can cause a glitch in the way nerve signals are processed by the brain. Getting the spinal column back into alignment, therefore, can help these nerve pathways to travel unimpeded and for the brain to process information correctly.
Speak to a chiropractor for more information on the benefits this type of practice can provide.