Chronic pain contributes to poor quality of life and people who suffer from chronic conditions are often unable to complete simple every-day tasks without pain. Although complete remission of pain may not be achievable, pain can be managed with a patient-centred multidisciplinary approach to allow improved participation in activities of daily living thus reduced suffering and improved quality of life.
Untreated, chronic pain can be a debilitating issue which may permeate all areas of life. It can affect people’s sleep; place strain on relationships; restrict the ability to work and earn an income; limit social activities; affect self esteem and emotional wellbeing.
Adopting a holistic approach to the treatment and management of chronic pain can bring about positive results and greatly enhance quality of life. As part of a comprehensive management plan, massage can be of great assistance as it has the capacity to affect all the body’s systems and is particularly effective when the pain is of a muscular nature.
When the body experiences trauma, muscles contract around the painful site in an attempt to reduce further injury. If pain is ongoing, the muscles can become habitually tight. These tight muscles can restrict the range of motion in joints and press on nerves, thereby causing numbness, tingling or loss of strength. Massage helps to loosen tight muscles and lengthen muscle fibres. It can increase joint mobility by breaking up scar tissue and increasing pliability of connective tissue, thereby reducing the pressure placed on the joint and surrounding structures. Myofascial release techniques help shift chronic strain patterns which may develop from compensatory postures adopted to accommodate pain.
Chronically tight muscles do not contract and relax like normal muscles which results in reduced blood flow and oxygenation of tissue. The result is a build up of waste products in muscle.
Your therapist may recommend more specific self massage techniques and home stretching and/or strengthening routines to further enhance the benefits of your massage session. By keeping a regular treatment schedule and adhering to suggested home maintenance regimes, many people experiencing chronic pain find they are much better able to manage their condition, experiencing a reduction in pain symptoms and an enhanced quality of life. If you or someone you know is experiencing chronic pain, why not call the office today and book an appointment with one of the friendly massage professionals. Chronic pain, like many other conditions is manageable with the right tools.
Chiropractic and Chronic Pain
Ever since the first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, sufferers of chronic and persistent pain have turned to chiropractic for successful management of their conditions.
There are 3 approaches that make chiropractic so effective in dealing with difficult conditions. Firstly, chiropractors are uniquely placed to assess and treat imbalances in neurological function. That is, many chronic lower-back, neck and shoulder pain headache and limb pain conditions have impaired nerve function as a deeply embedded factor in each condition. If the nervous system is not properly assessed and treated, then no amount of exercise, coping or medication can restore proper sensation or motor control to the body. Gentle chiropractic adjustments to the spine are integral to restoring nerve function and re-educating the body to better function.
Secondly, the hands-on approach employed in chiropractic means that aberrant joint function and abnormal muscle conditions including myositis, fibromyalgia and tendinitis, are quickly recognised and treated. Most people who have enjoyed the benefits of chiropractic are aware how well joint problems are skilfully addressed. Our office specialises in combining thorough muscle assessment with traditional chiropractic approaches.
The reputation of chiropractic to give relief for acute spinal pain is well known. Many research studies over the past 20 years also confirm how effective these treatments are for chronic spinal pain.
A newer therapeutic strategy is a separate science of chiropractic rehabilitation. A revolution has occurred in the past 20 years in the field of chronic pain and many chiropractors have been at the forefront in creating new management approaches and collecting research evidence to support the new theories. A radical rethink has occurred about the way we manage the neurological, mechanical and behavioural aspects of chronic pain. Science has driven new developments in exercise science, soft tissue injury and manual therapies, and the behaviour of pain and suffering.
At Health plus Chiropractic, we have been both early adopters and champions of modern developments in the rehabilitation of chronic pain. Anthony has even taught this area to Masters degree chiropractic students at Macquarie University. You would be surprised to see what we have to offer. If you know someone who has been suffering for too long, tell them how we can help.
Podiatry and Chronic Pain
A podiatrist can assess biomechanical function and determine if any weaknesses in gait are contributing to symptoms, and prescribe orthotics to protect joints by either controlling movement, deflecting pressure or accommodating deformities. They can also advise on footwear, exercise prescription, strapping/taping/padding or other treatment modalities that can improve symptoms and reduce foot pain, allowing your feet to cope with the demands of daily living and activity participation.