Pain is something we’ve all experienced at one moment or another. Whether you stub your toe, burn your tongue, sprain an ankle, or live with arthritis, pain is a part of being human. Acute pain (sudden and short term) is the body’s alarming system, telling you the coffee is too hot, or the knife is too sharp. But when pain becomes chronic—typically lasting longer than 3 months, the warning signal malfunctions and can become the primary problem.
Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care. And the pain itself isn’t the only problem. Chronic pain is linked to anxiety, depression, a reduced quality of life and an increased risk of opioid addiction in the other mental stresses that can lead to insomnia and chronic fatigue.
Types of Pain
“Pain and our experience of pain are two different things,” explains by Dr ravinder Kumar, DO, who works in private integrative pain practice in Ghaziabad, India bcause pain can be multi factorial, the chronic pain we feel is sometimes amplified and shows up in areas of the body other than where it originates.
Chronic pain has 2 Major Categories:-
- Neuropathic pain comes from the physical damaging of the nerves themselves typically caused by inflammation or infection
- Nociceptive pain doesn’t cause nerve damage. Instead, it’s generated from the body’s reaction to a painful event such as a pulled muscle or broken bone.
When you injure yourself, nociceptors respond by sending a signal to the spinal cord. That signal travels to the brain via the spinothalamic tract which acts as a relay system to the brain. It’s basically a game of tag between neurotransmitters (aka chemical messengers).
Imagine a sprained ankle. Inflammatory cytokines released by immune cells activate nociceptors which respond by releasing a neurotransmitter. This neurotransmitter sends a message to the spine. A separate neurotransmitter receives this message and travels the spinothalamic tract to relay the pain message to the thalamus.
The thalamus sends a message to your brain communicating the location and type of pain. The process is part the ascending pathway.
Because what goes up must come down there’s also a descending pathway. The descending pathway is made up of neurons that regulate and inhibit the body’s response to the ascending pathway’s pain signaling.
The pain message travels to your brain via the ascending pathway and your brain responds via the descending pathway. During episodes of acute pain this system works to protect the body from further harm by activating a network of brain regions that affect somatosensory and emotional responses.
How Chiropractic Treatment help in Pain?
The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words cheir (hands) and praxis (practice). As the name suggests, it is a hands-on therapy.
Chiropractic manipulation is the application of pressure to a person’s spine or other parts of their body by a qualified chiropractic doctor, or chiropractor. This pressure allows a chiropractor to adjust and correct alignment.
Chiropractic manipulation aims to reduce pain and improve mechanical function, or the way a person moves.
Chiropractic adjustment uses to remove restricted joint movement. This facilitates receptors inside the joint and reduces pain signals from the joint. The brain interprets the release in joint movement and reduces pain.
Other treatments the chiropractor may offer include:-
- heat and ice
- electrical stimulation
- relaxation techniques
- counselling around lifestyle factors that affect musculoskeletal health
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