Chronic pain is a very severe problem affecting millions of Americans annually. The causes have eluded many practitioners for years as seen by the poor results associated with most commonly accepted forms of treatment. Part of the problem is that the underlying neurological mechanisms producing chronic pain are not well understood by most practitioners involved in its treatment. Patients are often seen by multiple doctors and prescribed multiple different medications and or treatment suggestions leading to frustration and discouragement. Chronic pain often leads to depression as one loses hope that they will ever find a cure to their problems.
Pain itself can be basically generated two ways in our bodies:
The first and the most obvious is the activation of specific nerves in our bodies that transmit pain to the brain. These are nerves that can be activated by primarily inflammation and excessive mechanical stress.
The second and not so obvious is the breakdown in the ability of the brain to modulate and stop the pain signals before they reach the brain for perception. You may not realize this but every pain nerve in your body is constantly active. We don’t feel them because our brains block the signals. This blocking occurs in to main areas: Our spinal cords and our brainstems.
With respect to chronic pain we see a dysregulation of our brains ability to block pain signals as well as a change in the way that pain nerves transmit pain. In essence the ability of our pain nerves to transmit pain becomes overly excessive in chronic pain. Thus making our sensitivity to pain far more accentuated then in normal pain free individuals. The neurological mechanism involved in this are complex but essentially revolve around physical changes in the wiring within the spinal cord and brain involved in pain appreciation. This re-wiring makes us more sensitive to the things that would normally produce pain such as inflammation and physical stress. Thus, not understanding this re-wiring phenomena results in rendering most treatments ineffective.
Our treatment of chronic pain incorporates the latest scientific information and the application of functional neurological techniques which is one of the fastest growing specialties in the chiropractic profession. We incorporate very specific testing and examination techniques that allow us to functionally measure and observe the areas involved in the production of chronic pain. We take a brain based approach to address the changes in the brain seen with chronic pain. From there we synthesize very individualized treatment plans as we understand that not any two individuals are the same and thus no two people should receive the same treatment. Our approach revolves around incorporating very specific brain based treatments coupled to treatments involved at restoring functional integrity of the body parts involved. We take a whole body and brain approach which we have found to be very effective. We measure changes on a daily basis and implement changes to treatment based on those findings. With our affiliation with the Carrick Institute and Dr. Carrick who has been pioneering treatment of chronic pain for the past decade we offer our patients a very unique opportunity to find a solution to this very debilitating problem.