There are a staggering 25 million people or 10% of the US population, that experience chronic pain on a regular basis. Even more shocking is that 126 million people or 55% of the US population had some type of pain in the last 3 months. This information comes from a study done by the National Health Institute(NIH)(1). Many people turn to over the counter medications, and prescription opioids to lessen the pain. With the US prescription drug epidemic, a review of natural pain solutions in imperative to give patients safer and effective options.
Pain medications work in a few ways. One is by stopping the release of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, that tell your body you are in pain. If those chemicals don't get to the place in the brain they are supposed to, the perception of pain is altered, and you don't feel it. Another way medications can lessen pain is decreasing the sensations of the nerves in the affected area. While both can be effective, they also come with risks.
Let's supposed you sprained your ankle, and then you couldn't walk normally without pain, so you walk with a limp. Now let's suppose you take a pain medication, or get an injection that immediately takes the pain away. How do you walk now? Normally, but every step you take is doing more damage to your ankle. By the time the medication wears off in a day, a week or a month you're in more pain and require more medication until one day there's so much damage no amount of medication will take the pain away. At this point some people turn to surgery.
Instead of going down that path, more and more people are looking for natural alternatives for pain relief. One of the most effective, safe alternatives for pain relief is upper cervical chiropractic. Chiropractic care is the most commonly used natural health care systems in the United States. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in the area of the spine where the most concentrated area of nerves is, the brain stem. The brain stem controls many important automatic functions in the body including pain perception. If this area has even a small amount of pressure to it, pain can appear anywhere in the body. Some common areas of pain from an upper cervical misalignment are:
- Neck pain
- Pain in between the shoulder blades
- Low back pain
- Hip pain
- Foot pain
Some other common symptoms that respond well to upper cervical chiropractic are:
- Meniere's Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Lyme's Disease
Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Delray Beach
Upper cervical chiropractors do extra training after chiropractic school in order to achieve higher levels of proficiency in analysis and correction of these misalignments. The adjustments are gentle, safe and comfortable for the patient and involve no twisting, cracking or popping. During the adjustment patients are lying on their side and a gentle pressure is applied to the upper cervical spine/upper neck to take pressure of the brain stem. This takes pressure of the nerves that tell your brain about pain, and also helps connect the brain to the rest of the body to improve healing. The brain and brain stem connect through the rest of the body through the spinal cord and spinal nerves. With pressure off the whole system, the entire body works better and heals better. That is why many upper cervical doctors will tell you they didn't heal your body, but removed interference to allow your body to heal itself.
At Schrier Family Chiropractic Delray Beach, Dr. Elan is one of only a few hundred upper cervical doctors trained in NUCCA and Blair chiropractic. Their office has the newest technology, and they are 1 of less than approximately 50 offices in the world that have a CBCT(cone beam CT) on site to capture 3-D images of your spine used for analysis and treatment of your spine. If you are in pain and want a natural pain treatment, or you feel like you've tried everything out there, we can help. Call us for a complimentary consultation at 561-445-2648 or book online at www.drelan.com .
- NIH analysis shows Americans are in pain. National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 12 Aug. 2015, www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-analysis-shows-americans-are-pain .