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The Many Roles of Pain Management for Chronic Back Pain

Thousands of people live each day with chronic pain. This pain cannot always be explained or even cured, often leading to a cycle of failed treatments and frustration. Chronic pain has become so prevalent that the practice of pain management, or pain medicine, has become much more important.

Chiropractic care is one of the many potential facets of pain management. Given its gentle, non-invasive nature, Ideal Spine encourages patients to use chiropractic as a “pillar” of their chronic pain management program.

Pain management is often considered a response to a diagnosis, but it is much more than that. The practice of pain management serves many roles in the realm of chronic back pain; its techniques are not solely for injury recovery. As chiropractors, we must understand these roles to best serve our patients’ needs through treatment methods, as well as referrals to other pain specialists.

It’s important to remind patients that pain management programs may be useful at many stages of their recovery process. Chiropractic pain management may help chronic back pain patients in the following ways:

  • Identify the source of back pain: Pain treatments like chiropractic may help in the identification of the root cause of pain. Although this generally requires a process of testing abilities and may not produce immediate results, chiropractors may eventually be able to identify where the patient’s pain is coming from. Then, they can create a more appropriate course of pain management.
  • Provide an alternative to surgery: Chiropractic care may be part of a pain management program to help a patient reduce their pain without surgery. Many people prefer to pursue non-invasive pain management methods initially, treating surgery as a last resort. Gentle chiropractic manipulations – as well as other methods like physical therapy exercises and massage – may provide the relief the patient needs without severe measures like surgical intervention.
  • Rehabilitate the patient after surgery: Some patients with chronic back pain might require surgery to stabilize the spine or repair musculoskeletal damage. After surgery, many patients experience heightened pain and seek to manage it as the body recovers. Alternative forms of pain management like chiropractic may be useful to help rehabilitate the patient and allow the body to heal properly. These treatment methods may also be useful in the long term if the patient continues to experience pain even after surgery and healing.
  • Teach patients how to manage their pain: Pain management is not a static process. It encompasses both professional treatment and patient action. To that end, pain management professionals should use their expertise to teach patients how to effectively manage their pain on their own at home. All kinds of patients – including those who have undergone surgery and who are using alternative methods in place of surgery – may benefit from a greater understanding of their agency in relation to their chronic pain.

No two patients will experience chronic pain in exactly the same way. The differing physical, neurological, and psychological aspects of pain require a unique perspective and treatment program.

At Ideal Spine, we teach chiropractors how to leverage our understanding of the body to potentially treat or alleviate pain in patients, regardless of the presence of an identifiable source. Chiropractors must remember and inform others of the many roles pain medicine has when it comes to chronic pain, to help make patients’ lives easier.

If you are a patient experiencing chronic back pain, seek a chiropractor trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to learn how their pain management programs may help you along every step of your healing journey.

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.

Breaking Down Scar Tissue Using Proven Chiropractic Techniques

Scar tissue is a big problem if left unmanaged. Patients overcoming traumatic injury often have to cope with issues presented by scar tissue – things like restricted mobility and range of motion, or lack of flexibility. While scar tissue is part of the healing process, in some cases it’s the start of yet another recovery phase.

Ideal Spine urges chiropractors to consider the presence of scar tissue when adjusting patients. Especially for patients recovering from traumatic injury, accounting for scar tissue is important. It could affect the progress of a patient, the mode of treatment, or the capability of the patient to comply with treatment. Most importantly, it could affect how you plan and execute a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) recovery strategy.

Breaking up scar tissue

The good thing about scar tissue is that it can be broken up. Moreover, breaking up scar tissue isn’t detrimental to patients – in some cases it’s actually necessary to restore full movement or range of motion. And while some degree of scar tissue will always exist to mark a wound, the pliability and softness of that tissue can be treated. Chiropractors have access to several techniques for breaking down scar tissue.

  • Graston technique. Using instrumentation, chiropractors target areas of thicker scar tissue and scrape it to gently break it down. Graston technique is useful for addressing scarring in prevalent soft-tissue areas, such as the legs, neck, and lower back.
  • Instrument adjustment. Using an ArthroStim or other pulsating instrument, chiropractors can target specific areas of scar tissue buildup. The instrument rapidly massages these areas to improve pliability and reduce stress in the tissue.
  • Affected manipulation. This technique relies on soothing the area of scar buildup before manually palpating it. Chiropractors may use light liniment oil for heat, TENS to loosen tension, or gentle numbing cream to soften sensitivity.
  • Trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy is useful in concentrating focus on heavily scarred areas of tissue, where buildup is substantial. Chiropractors focus on breaking down scar tissue while continually testing range of motion.
  • Therapeutic massage. Many chiropractors will perform (or refer) therapeutic massage for patients with widespread scar tissue. This can be helpful in improving blood flow to affected areas and gently stimulating scar tissue to improve pliability.

Application of these techniques depends on the patient and the scarring. Graston technique may be best applied to the Achilles after surgery, while trigger point therapy and therapeutic massage may be best suited for soft tissue scarring after whiplash, for example.

Pay mind to scar tissue during adjustments

Scar tissue from recent injuries can often be felt during palpation, and radiological imaging will show old scar tissue. Chiropractors should take note of these areas when formulating a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment schedule. Often, scar tissue will need its own focus, which may extend the CBP plan. It may also require a more thorough adjustment plan, to better acclimate the body.

Ideal Spine encourages chiropractors to consult with their patients and perform proper investigations before adjustments. Scar tissue may be something we all live with, but it has broad ramifications in treating other physiological conditions and spinal misalignments.

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.

The Opioid Crisis has Reached its Boiling Point

For years, Ideal Spine has preached chiropractic as a safer alternative to prescription painkillers for those living with chronic pain. Now, after more than a decade of momentum, the opioid crisis has come to a head. More than ever, people need to break free from opioid dependence and address their chronic pain, instead of masking it. Chiropractic is well-positioned to help.

A landmark ruling in the opioid crisis

In April 2019, the first precedent for opioid manufacturer liability was handed down in Oklahoma courts. Purdue Pharma, makers of Oxycontin, settled with the court system to the tune of $270 million for misrepresenting the addictive nature of its brand-name painkiller. The company chose to settle rather than face as many as 2,300 lawsuits, spanning 23 states.

Based on the settlement amount alone, this settlement is a drop in the bucket. What’s more important is the precedent set. Purdue Pharma and its Oxycontin painkiller are just two of the many players in the opioid crisis. In this David vs. Goliath legal battle, David has prevailed—giving those affected by opioid addiction grounds to pursue other Goliaths and their addictive prescriptions.

Alternative treatments surge

Despite the landmark settlement, the opioid crisis is anything but new. It’s been front-page news for the better part of a decade. As such, people living with chronic pain have begun shying away from conventional prescription medications. Instead, they’ve begun exploring alternative therapies. Anecdotal evidence suggests it’s been effective to some degree, since demand for alternative healing is higher than ever before.

At the forefront is chiropractic—particularly Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). A marriage of evidence-based therapy and traditional chiropractic adjustment techniques, it’s a modality people have come to trust for incremental, measurable results.

Where painkillers and prescription opioids suppressed pain and covered symptoms, CBP and other chiropractic modalities strive to treat the source of pain. Misalignment of the spine. Compressed nerves. Strained muscle groups. These are some of the core causes of chronic pain and the focus of chiropractic adjustments. Through routine adjustment, pain patients may be able to actively correct the condition causing them grief, instead of masking and/or unintentionally aggravating it.

Post-painkiller recourse

As the assault on opioid addiction continues, chiropractors nationwide need to position themselves alongside sobriety. Patients kicking an opioid addiction or those refusing prescription painkillers will be looking for answers to their pain. It’s important for chiropractors to be transparent about their abilities and their course of action in addressing chronic conditions.

It starts with education. What is chiropractic? How can adjustments improve health beyond the spine? How does a chiropractor trace symptoms to a root cause? Taking the time to explain chiropractic and the CBP approach to diagnosis and treatment gives credence to the practice. More importantly, it gives people hope in an era when the conventional solution is now the most harmful: Prescription pain medication.

Ideal Spine advocates individualized patient care using holistic, measured practices. Through CBP, we encourage incremental treatment aimed at restoring wellness and wellbeing to people suffering from chronic pain. In a time when the opioid crisis has reached its boiling point, we see the need for chiropractic like never before.

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.

Sport Specialization May be Causing Long-Term Problems for Athletes

Sports are part of many kids lives from the time they’re old enough to walk until they reach college age. A few lucky ones even go on to play professionally in some capacity. And while parents scramble to help their child become the best athlete possible in their formative years, forcing them to focus on one sport may be doing more harm than good.

Conditions like tennis elbow (epicondylitis) or runner’s knee (Chondromalacia) are aptly named because they’re common to a single sport. The same movements put ongoing stress on the same parts of the body, leading to strains, sprains, and tears. At Ideal Spine, we strive to help parents and budding athletes realize the value in practicing many sports, instead of specializing.

Specialization is limiting

Consider a sport like baseball. Throwing, catching, and swinging are all unique motions a player may go through hundreds of times per game. So, of course, this is where they’re focus their training. They’ll lift weights to work their chest, core, arms, shoulders, and back. They’ll stretch out to these motions. Ultimately, a baseball player needs to isolate a majority of their training to these same areas, so they’re ready when game-time comes.

But this is a double-edged sword. Problems are quick to develop in two ways.

First, overwork. Training the same muscles and isolating the same movements can cause everything from tendonitis to muscle strains and tears. All it takes is one throw too far or a swing that’s off-kilter to force these muscles into the red, causing injury.

Second, is underutilization of other muscle groups and motions. A baseball player may not focus too much on strengthening their calves or practicing dexterous footwork. This leaves them open to something like an Achilles tear.

Long-term ramifications

Even if an athlete is lucky enough to avoid injury, specialization is still problematic in the long run. Overwork and isolation in certain areas of the body leave these areas compromised later in life. Someone who has thrown 5,000 pitches in their young career may develop range of motion issues in their shoulder in just a few shorts years after playing. The more duress put on the body, the more it’ll compensate by altering natural biomechanics.

Why cross training is the answer

The answer to preventing athletic injuries isn’t to stop playing sports. It’s to cross train. Enroll kids in complementary sports that encourage total body conditioning and offset muscle groups. Playing soccer in the spring and baseball in the fall trains the upper and lower body, while giving both time to rest in the offseason. Track and field meets volleyball. Football complements swimming. The body gets exposure to total training, for optimal balance.

Ideal Spine also advocates a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) maintenance schedule, to offset the stress of intense training. Addressing things like range of motion restriction and areas of inflammation, CBP may aid in recovery, helping cross-training athletes avoid injury and maintain their athletic prowess.

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.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods Could be What’s Missing from a Well-Rounded Treatment Plan

Although they are known for solving problems related to the alignment and physiology of the spine, chiropractors do much more than simply provide adjustments. Each individual patient should receive a personalized treatment plan that covers aspects apart from what occurs in the chiropractic office, including at-home pain relief, stretches, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments.

Without all these aspects, a treatment plan may not prove to be successful. At Ideal Spine, we urge chiropractic professionals to understand the importance of incorporating numerous treatment opportunities into their patients’ plans for the best results.

One aspect often overlooked in treatment plans is diet. The food the patient eats could cause inflammatory responses that cause or worsen pain in the neck, back, pelvis, and more. Adding anti-inflammatory foods to a treatment plan could improve sensations of pain, mobility, and comfort during chiropractic treatment.

The role of chronic inflammation in pain

Inflammation is a normal body response that helps mitigate infection and heal damaged tissues. Unfortunately, too much inflammation can change from helpful to harmful. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a variety of health problems in the long term, but it can also cause short-term issues like reduced mobility and pain.

Chiropractic may help alleviate some inflammation and improve the symptoms that occur alongside inflammation. However, this is often not enough, as chronic inflammation can be worsened by many lifestyle factors, including stress, sleep, and diet.

Changing one’s diet from being filled with proinflammatory foods to being filled with anti-inflammatory foods may help mitigate chronic inflammation throughout the body over time. Paired with the more immediate relief potentially provided by chiropractic, nutritional changes may help relieve pain and reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medications.

Top anti-inflammatory foods

Some foods are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Increasing these types of foods in your diet, while simultaneously cutting out foods that increase inflammatory responses like sugar, may help reduce inflammation and, by extension, pain.

  • Fatty fish: Fatty fish are some of the best anti-inflammatory foods because they contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids help combat other acids in the body that promote inflammation. Salmon, sardines, and herring are a few examples of anti-inflammatory-rich fish.
  • Green tea: Green tea contains an antioxidant compound (also called a catechin) called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG is known to bolster the immune system as well as help reduce inflammation.
  • Dark, leafy greens: Dark, leafy vegetables like collards, kale, and spinach contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids and antioxidants, both of which help combat inflammatory responses.
  • Turmeric: The popular spice, turmeric, has been shown to contain a variety of healing substances, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, is believed to be the main source of the spice’s health benefits.
  • Nuts: Most nuts, as well as seeds, contain omega-3 fatty acids and other anti-inflammatory compounds. Eating a handful of nuts and seeds as a snack each day may reduce inflammation and also have other health benefits.

In addition to adding anti-inflammatory foods to the diet, people suffering from chronic inflammation should also reduce consumption of proinflammatory foods such as red meat, margarine, and refined carbohydrates.

At Ideal Spine, we teach chiropractic professionals how to treat patients holistically, using a combination of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques and at-home treatments for well-rounded care. Contact us today to learn more about our methods.

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.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is Proof Back Surgery is a Last Resort

In the case of chronic back pain, patients don’t always believe they have a lot of choice. When faced with persistent aches and pains and the desire to avoid long-term painkiller use, conventional medicine typically suggests that patients undergo back surgery to stabilize and rectify the back problem. Unfortunately, back surgery isn’t always the miraculous cure patients expect it to be.

Back surgery is extremely invasive and expensive, and it may even cause more problems than it solves in the end. This is the case with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Rather than encourage patients to pursue invasive surgery, the spinal experts at Ideal Spine urge patients to pursue alternative treatment methods and treat back surgery as a last resort.

What is failed back surgery syndrome?

The term “failed back surgery syndrome” represents the experience many patients have in which they continue to experience back pain even after spinal surgery. The pain may be a continuation of pain from before surgery or new pain caused by an additional spinal problem.

FBSS is not necessarily indicative of a problem with the surgical procedure itself. The unfortunate truth is that back surgery is not 100 percent effective, and the problem causing pain may not even be able to be fixed through surgery.

In many cases, the root cause of a patient’s pain is not properly identified before surgery or is unable to be rectified through surgery because it encompasses many parts. Surgery is most likely to fix singular, easily identified problems such as an unstable joint or a pinched nerve. However, other problems that cause back pain may not be alleviated through surgery comprehensively or at all.

Because back surgery is so invasive and can have a long recovery period, it can be extremely frustrating for patients with back pain to discover that their pain has not been alleviated after the fact. Sometimes, the patient is unable to undergo another surgery for quite some time and must instead live with the pain.

Using chiropractic as an alternative to surgery

For these reasons, it is advisable for patients with back pain to seek alternative methods of treatment prior to exploring back surgery as an option. Chiropractic care is one alternative that may help patients manage chronic pain in a non-invasive and gentle way.

Chiropractic care may alleviate discomfort or pain caused by a variety of spinal problems, including pinched nerves, bulging discs, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, and more. Chiropractic treatment plans may use a variety of methods in a comprehensive approach to potentially provide back pain relief, increased mobility, and strength. These may include Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques like adjustments, as well as physical therapy, massage, and at-home treatments.

Additionally, chiropractic is safe for long-term treatment, meaning patients may return over time if new problems with the spine develop, as is common with spinal degeneration or compression issues.

Due to back surgery’s high risk for complications and FBSS, back surgery should be treated as a last resort after exhausting other potentially effective treatment methods. Chiropractors who are trained in the Ideal Spine methods should encourage patients to seek alternative treatments, including chiropractic, in order to reduce the risk for continued pain after invasive surgery.

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.

The Opioid Crisis has Peaked: Chiropractic is More Important than Ever

The opioid crisis isn’t a new story. It’s been raging for the better part of a decade, growing more severe and deadly with each passing year. Now, it seems as though it’s finally come to a head.

Not only are opioid prescriptions on crackdown, harder and harder to get from responsible doctors, landmark lawsuits about opioid distribution are beginning to set precedent. Huge names like Allergan and Johnson & Johnson are paying out millions to families affected by addiction, death, and medication abuse. More lawsuits are on the horizon.

At the forefront of it all is a generation of people who are well aware of the detriment of opioids. They’ve seen what addiction does and are more educated about how to care for their bodies. These people are turning to alternative medicine for relief from pain, starting with chiropractic.

Ideal Spine recognizes that now, more than ever before, is the time to provide education to people seeking opioid-free relief from pain. That includes education about chiropractic process, emphasis on evidence-based treatment, and setting expectation for patients trusting chiropractic over prescriptions.

Dispelling myths, setting expectations

The opioid crisis has disillusioned traditional medicine for many people. This is both a good and bad thing. On the good side, many people have taken their health into their own hands, leading healthier lives to minimize their exposure to the medical community. On the bad side, many people also turn to the internet for diagnosis, which is often detrimental to their health.

In the middle of all this are people seeking answers from alternative medicine. They consult massage therapists about aches and pains. They work with acupuncturists to restore homeostasis and balance. Most importantly, they trust chiropractors to help them maintain spine health.

But there are a lot of misconceptions and myths out there about alternative medicine – especially chiropractic. They range from outrageous medical claims, to doubts about the efficacy of spinal manipulations. Welcoming patients to alternative medicine means being a foremost source of authority on validating what’s true, dispelling myths, and setting expectations.

Addressing the person, not the symptoms

Many people seeking relief from chronic pain are shunning opioids. But that means they’re looking for answers elsewhere. They’re often seeking the convenience of a pill, with the personalized treatment they’d get from a clinical practitioner. This puts chiropractors in a precarious spot.

The best way to validate patients and help them on the path to wellness is through a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. It combines the personalized process of patient care with evidence-based treatment. It gives pain patients the approach the need to hopefully make meaningful progress toward a pain-free life. Expert adjustments. At-home exercises and self-care. Referrals to various therapies. They all come together within the scope of a CBP plan to bring holistic relief to a patient. And, in the process, educate patients more about their pain, their spine, and their lifestyle.

A future without opioids

We’re still a long way from the end of the opioid crisis. But we’re taking strides toward ending it. As more people understand the dangers of opioids and the potential benefits of alternative healing, the tide continues to shift in the right direction.

Ideal Spine encourages chiropractors to welcome new patients with open arms and realistic expectations. They’ve already made the hardest decision – turning away relief in the form of an opioid prescription. Now, it’s your turn to validate that decision through the delivery of exceptional patient care. It starts with CBP.

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.

Testing for Spinal Stenosis to Achieve an Accurate Diagnosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition that requires a definite diagnosis. Misdiagnosing or treating only the symptoms puts the long-term spinal health of patients in danger. Likewise, not being aggressive enough with treatment does little to bring relief to someone suffering from a narrowing of the spinal canal.

Ideal Spine preaches the importance of accurate diagnosis for any chronic condition, but for stenosis especially. Thankfully, achieving an accurate diagnosis is easy when following the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to qualifying symptoms.

Patient questioning

Regardless of presentation, patients should always be interviewed about their symptoms. Palpation of the spine and other testing yields important information, but few things give insight like a patient’s answers to targeted questions.

Based on the condition profile of spinal stenosis, chiropractors can ask a battery of questions to better qualify the condition and the severity of presenting symptoms. Some of the questions to ask patients include:

  • Do you have any pain, numbness, tingling, or a combination of all three?
  • Can you describe the nature, frequency, and severity of the sensation?
  • Where, specifically, do these sensations occur and for how long?
  • What types of posture changes stimulate the sensation (sitting, standing, laying)?
  • Do you notice any cramps or muscle spasms affiliated with the sensation?

There’s tremendous insight in how patients perceive and explain their pain. But more than just these specific pain-related questions, chiropractors can and should ask lifestyle questions as well.

  • What level of activity do you have each day?
  • How often do you sit or stand for long periods of time?
  • What is the nature of your work?
  • Do you smoke or take illicit drugs?
  • What does your daily diet look like?

The patient profile a chiropractor is able to glean from this questioning is key in aligning stenosis symptoms with manifestations.

Imaging and assessment

Most chiropractors value imaging by itself, because it has the best chance at showing stenosis – especially if there are historical spine x-rays on file to show the progression. But what makes imaging valuable is the patient profile established from questioning.

X-rays should support the nature and location of pain described by the patient. It should also show signs of their lifestyle. This not only helps qualify spinal stenosis, but also rule it out to prevent a misdiagnosis.

Movement testing

With support for a stenosis diagnosis evident in the patient profile and on radiological imaging, chiropractors can perform movement testing to distinguish their diagnosis. If standing erect or walking without a forward lean are difficult for the patient, it’s yet another sign of stenosis. Likewise, a battery of range-of-motion exercises in the lumbar and thoracic spine can confirm the restrictions commonly caused by stenosis.

Make a confident diagnosis

Simply observing patients or palpating without imaging risk the integrity of a spinal stenosis diagnosis. Because conditions like peripheral vascular disease, trochanter burstis, and hip-spine syndrome all mimic stenosis, misdiagnosis affects the entire course of treatment.

Ideal Spine advocates a procedural approach to diagnosing spinal stenosis. Using the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) methodology, a stenosis diagnosis may be more accurately achieved, with emphasis put on formulating a unique, patient-based treatment plan for managing it.

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.

Back Pain Management is Key in Reducing the Risk of Chronic Depression

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.

Shifted Hips Require Conservative Realignment from a Chiropractor

A growing portion of the population is suffering from chronic hip and back pain. Shifted hips stem from a variety of underlying issues, including sedentary lifestyles causing anterior pelvic shifts, overuse due to sports or labor, arthritis, osteoporosis, pinched nerves, and more.

Patients with hip pain are often told they need surgery to fix their problems. However, chiropractic is a much more conservative and non-invasive approach to treating pain in these areas. At Ideal Spine, we provide chiropractors with the expertise to treat hip pain using chiropractic adjustments, realignment, and massage.

Chiropractors must use careful, varied techniques when approaching shifted hip and hip pain due to the complex nature of the area. When done properly, these techniques may alleviate the patient’s symptoms without the need for pain medications or surgery.

The problem with shifted hips

When hips fall out of alignment, they have the potential to cause widespread problems in the body. Because they support much of the body’s weight and facilitate extensive movement, the hips must be balanced to allow for proper mobility without compensation from other body parts, including the lower back and legs.

Shifted hips often cause pain in the lower back, hips, and legs by altering the gait and range of motion of these areas. Hip problems may also cause symptoms of sciatica.

The hip joints, pelvic bones, muscles, and ligaments may all contribute to hip shifting and pain.

Chiropractic for hip pain

Persistent hip pain is often met with the recommendation for hip surgery by doctors. But surgery is invasive, expensive, and difficult to recover from. People with shifted hips should seek non-invasive treatment options first to minimize their risks.

Chiropractic is a great first option for people suffering from hip pain and other problems related to misaligned hips. It’s conservative, non-invasive, and gradual.

Through Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques focused on rebalancing the body, chiropractors may help reposition the hips. Manual manipulation and mobilization therapy may improve flexibility, strength, and positioning of the hips to promote balance and realignment.

A combination of adjustments to the hip joints and joints in the spine, as well as massage therapies to loosen tight muscles that may cause tightness and shifted hips, may help bring the body back into balance. Once the hips are realigned and can move freely as intended, the problems of hip pain may be resolved.

Complex remedies for a serious condition

Working on shifted hips is not quite as simple as working on the lumbar spine. There are many joints, muscles, and other tissue structures to consider during hip realignment. The treatment process may be less straightforward and require more time.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors should offer their patients ways to improve hip mobility at home. This includes stretches, postures, and exercises that help prevent the hips from shifting out of alignment.

Ideal Spine emphasizes treating pain at its source, which is often rooted in the way biomechanical systems relate to each other. By using chiropractic techniques to realign the spine and hips, the body may be able to move more freely and remain balanced and strong.

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.