One in ten people in Canada between the ages of 12 and 44 live with chronic pain. Those who suffer with chronic pain know how debilitating it can be and are often willing to try anything to make the pain go away. Here are some types of conditions associated with chronic pain and three alternative treatments some patients have found effective.

Defining Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. It can either be described as excruciating, mild or incapacitating. While some people have pain on a continuous basis, others have episodic pain. There are many types of conditions where chronic pain is prevalent. Some of these conditions include:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Chronic myofascial pain syndrome (CMPS)

If you have chronic pain or suffer with any of the above conditions, these alternative types of treatments may be able to help. For more information, contact Airdrie Chiropractic or a similar location.

Spinal Adjustments

Chiropractic medicine has long been sought as a treatment for acute and chronic back pain, but it has also proven to be effective for conditions that produce chronic pain. When a spinal adjustment is performed, it reduces subluxations in the spine. These subluxations can hinder the functionality of the nervous system. When they are removed, nerve irritability is reduced, bodily function is restored and the range of motion increases - all which help to alleviate pain.

Massage Therapy

Many studies have been done on the role of massage therapy and pain management. Massage therapy has especially been proven effective when patients are consistent and see a massage therapist on a regular basis. When massage therapy is used to help treat chronic pain, therapists take a holistic approach instead of merely focusing on the site of the pain. They concentrate on the entire body and all of its systems and how it relates to the soft tissue.

The Feldenkrais Method

Developed by Moshe Feldenkrais, the goal of this alternative type of treatment is to draw awareness to movement and how the body works together in order to reduce pain and increase function. One study showed that 80 percent of the participants who used Feldenkrais to treat their pain said they were completely or almost completely satisfied by the treatment with some of them showing dramatic improvement.

If you are one in ten Canadians who suffer with chronic pain, you may want to consider chiropractic care, massage therapy, or Feldenkrais as a form of alternative treatment.