Tracing Chronic Pain Through Your Spine
The spinal cord is like your body’s control panel. It’s the hub of your central nervous system and is key to your overall health.
One in every four Americans just like those in Las Vegas, NV suffers from chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health. Many of these issues can be traced back to the spine.
While realizing you have lower back pain, neck pain, or shoulder pain is easy, tracing something like acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to a spinal problem isn’t as simple. It takes a thorough understanding of every component of the spine.
How the spinal cord works
The spinal cord is mapped into five segments: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal. Each part is responsible for everything you do, from allowing you to walk and run, to bending down and even gripping objects. The signals transmitted through these segments are crucial to your body’s function. They even play a role in digestion and blood pressure.
The spine also contains 31 pairs of nerves that are routed through your entire body. These include sensory nerves and motor nerves. Sensory nerves transmit sensations like pressure, pain, and temperature to the surface of your skin. Motor nerves transmit information from your brain to your muscles to perform movements.
Nerve endings extend from the spine through the rest of the body. When there’s something disrupting these nerve endings – such as a herniated disc or spinal compression – health problems ensue.
Your spine and your health
Because the spine plays an encompassing important role in your life, misalignments in it are capable of causing major health issues. Obviously, some of these include lower back pain and neck pain. But misalignment in the spinal column has broader effects. Spinal misalignment is often related to:
- Migraine headaches;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome;
- Plantar fasciitis;
- Sciatic pain.
The role of chiropractic care
A chiropractor will do a thorough investigation into what’s causing your chronic pain problems. He or she will take a full medical history, complete an examination, take X-rays, and discuss possible treatment options with you. Getting to the bottom of the problem is key to ensuring that chronic pain issues don’t surface again.
Many people take over-the-counter medications to treat chronic pain. While these can play a role, they only provide temporary relief by masking the pain.
Regular spinal adjustments are often the solution. By resetting the spine, your body’s central nervous system is fixed and can function properly again. Many patients report significant improvement after one or two appointments. However, regular adjustments are necessary to ensure that problems don’t resurface.
There’s no reason to continue suffering from chronic pain issues, especially those that seem mysterious in their root cause. The trained professionals at Advanced Spine & Posture in Las Vegas, NV have years of experience in assisting patients with serious chronic pain problems. We use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a research-based program that will determine your spinal health and help us create a treatment plan that fits your particular situation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.