4 Effects Of Chronic Pain Only Someone With Back Pain Will Understand

Apr 5, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain, you know the detrimental effect it can have on your life. Chronic pain can make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning, let alone do all of the things you need and want to do with your day. Perhaps the worst part is feeling alone in the severity of the pain. People who do not have chronic pain may not understand all the ways it affects your life.

#1: Staying Active

When you suffer from chronic back pain, it can be hard to just get out of bed in the morning. Many do not understand that simple daily chores and tasks can be almost impossible when chronic back pain hits. Staying active is usually the last thought in your mind when doing something as menial as the dishes feels impossible. The inability to stay active can have detrimental effects on your health, well-being, and your confidence. People who have never suffered from chronic pain may not understand just how hard it is to be active with the pain weighing you down. This barrier can cause friction in personal relationships and make you feel alone, frustrated and misunderstood.

#3: Family & Relationships:

In addition to friends and family not understanding your pain, it can be hard to maintain relationships when you are suffering daily. Intimacy is generally one of the first things affected by chronic pain. Physical intimacy can be nearly impossible when you are suffering from back pain, and your partner may not understand the severity, or heart of the issue which can further drive a wedge between the relationship. Friendships can suffer as well. When pain hits, it is hard to get off of the couch, let alone go out with friends. When you are cancelling plans more than you are keeping them, it can begin to feel like chronic pain is ruling your life. That loss of control and friction in your relationships can begin having negative effects on your mental state.

#2: Your Job

Getting to work in the morning is hard as it is,  but trying to focus on your work while dealing with chronic pain is almost impossible. The inability to sit comfortably through meetings could be just the beginning of your hardships. Co-workers may notice your lessened job performance, but may not understand the severity of the pain you are dealing with which can make you feel judged and misunderstood. Work can begin to pile up, just adding to the stress you already feel.

“Work is a big challenge for people with chronic pain. Some keep working at all costs—even at the expense of their health and relationships,” said the American Chronic Pain Association. “Trying to find a balance between a job and taking care of yourself can be challenging. But the financial and emotional impact of losing a job because of chronic pain can be devastating.”

#4: Your Mental State:

The most dangerous effect of Chronic Back Pain is the effect it can have on your mental and emotional state.

“It can have a profound effect on your mood, and just about every other part of your life,” said WebMD. “The physical and emotional toll of living in constant pain leads nearly a third of people with chronic pain to become clinically depressed. Stress and pain can turn into an inescapable cycle. You’re in pain, so you feel stressed and anxious. Stress can cause your muscles to tense up, which ratchets up the pain even more.”

Perhaps the worst part about chronic back pain is how it can make you feel like you are no longer in control of your own life. The pain affects your health, relationships, job performance and friendships and it can begin to feel hopeless. Thankfully, new, non-pharmaceutical treatment options are becoming available every day helping thousands stop their chronic pain and regain control of their lives. Take the first step to ending your chronic pain once and for all and sign up for a complimentary consultation with our team. We understand, and we’re here to help.

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1. Pain Relief Pain relief is the primary reason many individuals seek chiropractic care, with lower back and neck pain being the most prevalent complaints. Statistics show that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Whether it’s a new onset of pain or a chronic issue, chiropractors offer a variety of treatment options tailored to your specific needs.

While medications, injections, and surgery are common treatments, chiropractic care provides a less invasive alternative that targets the root cause of pain, rather than just masking the symptoms, leading to longer-lasting relief.

2. Headache Relief Headaches are the second most common reason people visit chiropractors. If you’re frequently relying on medication to manage headaches, it might be time to consult a chiropractor.

Many headaches, such as tension and migraine headaches, are often due to spinal misalignments, muscle tension, and nerve interference in the neck and upper back. Chiropractic adjustments can alleviate these issues, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches.

3. Neuropathy Neuropathy, characterized by numbness, tingling, or pain in the hands and feet, can result from various conditions, including stenosis, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and nerve interference.

Chiropractic care can naturally alleviate neuropathy symptoms by ensuring nerve pathways remain open and unobstructed. Chiropractors also use various techniques to stimulate dormant nerves, helping them transmit signals to the brain effectively.

4. Boost Your Immune System Regular chiropractic care can enhance your immune system’s effectiveness. This concept dates back to the 1918 influenza pandemic when chiropractic adjustments were used to reduce the disease’s occurrence, transmission, and symptoms.

Your immune system is closely linked to your nervous system, including the spinal cord and brain. While chiropractic care doesn’t eliminate viruses, it reduces stress on the nervous system, allowing the immune system to function more efficiently.

5. Motor Vehicle Accident Recovery Car accidents can result in significant discomfort, and the pain may not appear immediately. Common injuries from car accidents include whiplash, joint and spine pain, numbness and tingling, and headaches. Chiropractic care can effectively treat these acute injuries and help prevent long-term consequences.

6. Pregnancy Support During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes substantial changes supported by the spine and nervous system, often resulting in discomfort. Chiropractors have developed techniques to ease these changes, focusing on the uterus, pelvis, and baby.

By ensuring the nerves in the lower back remain healthy through specific spinal adjustments, chiropractors help the uterus function properly. They also ensure the pelvis remains open, allowing the baby to move freely and assume the optimal position for birth. Chiropractic care can be beneficial throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.

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7. Children’s Health Benefits Birth can be a significant trauma for a child, and throughout their life, children experience various physical and emotional stresses. Chiropractic care supports a child’s nervous system through these challenges.

By alleviating pressure on the spinal cord, chiropractors can improve a child’s overall health, addressing issues such as colic, ear infections, acid reflux, growing pains, and sports injuries. Supporting the nervous system also aids in the child’s physical, neurological, and emotional development.

8. Improve Athletic Performance Many professional sports teams use chiropractic care to keep athletes healthy and enhance their performance. By relieving joint restrictions, chiropractors increase an athlete’s range of motion and muscle power while reducing inflammation from intense activity, which can prevent pain and injury.

Preventing injury is crucial for athletes who want to maintain a high level of performance. Chiropractors realign the spine and other joints, ensuring muscles remain flexible and powerful, enabling athletes to compete at their best for longer periods.

9. Postural Improvements In today’s technology-driven world, many people spend long hours hunched over computers, leading to poor posture. This can cause excessive pressure on the neck, back, and shoulders, potentially resulting in more serious issues like slipped discs, arthritis, and nerve dysfunction.

Chiropractors can realign the spine, ensuring joints move correctly to relieve nerve and disc pressure. They also teach techniques to prevent further damage from poor posture and improve spinal alignment, helping you avoid pain.

10. Mind-Body Connection Health encompasses both physical and mental aspects, and mental health issues can manifest as physical pain. Chiropractors treat physical pain and understand its psychological components. Negative thoughts and experiences can become so intense that they cause physical discomfort.

By releasing tension from muscles and the nervous system, chiropractors address both mind and body, promoting overall well-being.

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