Chronic back pain is a growing problem in adults across the nation. Caused by many underlying problems – and sometimes no identified problem at all – chronic pain can affect all aspects of daily life, physically and emotionally.
Finding a way to manage back pain is crucial for providing chronic pain patients comfort and ease. But treatments like pain medication and surgery are invasive and often detrimental. Using Ideal Spine’s Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques, regular chiropractic may be a critical aspect in back pain management. A chief goal is to reduce the patient’s risk of developing depression.
The link between depression and chronic pain
Research shows people with chronic pain are likely to suffer from a mood disorder like anxiety or depression. The reverse is also true – people with depression may suffer from worsened symptoms of pain.
Chronic pain can contribute to depression in many ways. Most notably, persistent feelings of pain are enough to bring someone down, worsening feelings of hopelessness and sadness.
Chronic pain is considered pain that lasts longer than six months or longer than an injury normally takes to heal. Experiencing pain for this amount of time or longer can be physically and mentally draining.
Chronic pain is also known to make people feel isolated and misunderstood, driving a wedge between the patient and their family and friends. On top of that, chronic pain can make it difficult to sleep, accomplish daily tasks, or even concentrate. All these things can lead to or worsen feelings of depression.
Chiropractic plays a key role in pain management
Fortunately, there are options for people with chronic pain to manage their back pain long term. One of these is chiropractic.
Chiropractic care offers the benefits of being non-invasive and gentle with few side effects. It is often a much more conservative option than pain medications or invasive surgery, and can be used as a long-term form of treatment. Even if the patient has not shown signs of depression, back pain management techniques like chiropractic play an important role in preventing a mood disorder later on.
Patients with chronic pain may benefit from a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan, incorporating adjustments, massage, stretches, and physical therapy. Through manual manipulations and targeted massage or exercise, chiropractors may be able to rebalance the body and open up pathways to promote proper blood and nutrient flow.
Together, these things may improve mobility and healing, while reducing day-to-day pain. This, in turn, may contribute to a reduced risk of depressive symptoms.
Depressive conditions require constant care
While chiropractic may offer pain management solutions, chronic pain patients should also use other methods to treat both back pain and depression. These may include at-home pain relief, exercise, meditation, cognitive therapy, and support groups.
Ideal Spine provides chiropractors with the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) training they need to most effectively treat patients with spinal and biomechanical problems. If you are a patient suffering from chronic back pain, seek out a CBP-certified chiropractor to discuss treatment options. It’s enlightening to learn what chiropractic may do to help both your body and mind!
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.