Chronic Pain and Chiropractic

Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain – What is it?

I have so many patients who have what is known as chronic pain.  Chronic pain is the catch-all phrase to encompass syndromes that people can have that has many causes. Chronic pain can accompany diseases such as Chronic Lyme’s Disease, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, and there are so many more.

Many people with chronic pain have to continue chasing their symptoms with different practitioners because they don’t always feel the same, aren’t always having a flare-up when it would be important for the practitioner to see them at their worst, and they aren’t always taken seriously.

Chronic pain can be debilitating one day, unable to do regular activities of daily living that most of us take for granted, and then the next day, do everything they were not able to do the day before.  Why is this?

If there is anything I have learned in practice, it is the commonality of all of these types of diseases and patients who suffer from chronic pain:  Mitochondrial dysfunction.

Mitochondria are the little motors inside of every single one of our cells.  You could say that magnesium is their “gas” and they run around the cell using oxygen to deliver nutrients and ultimately energy to the cell.  They convert proteins, fats and carbohydrates into usable energy.  They also form the waste products due to the conversion of those nutrients.

The research I have done in chronic pain leads me to believe a few things.  People who suffer from chronic pain have to be extra careful with their diet, exercise and getting enough oxygen, magnesium, stay well hydrated and get lots of vitamin D3.  These are all things that the cell needs to stay healthy – and cells form tissue.  Can you imagine what your mitochondria are doing with the donut you ate for breakfast, but what they could do with a couple of eggs and some fruit?  It really makes sense when you think about it, doesn’t it!?

Chronic pain is complex.  That’s why you just got a physiology lesson in mitochondrial function!  In light of it all, it’s complex to understand generally because the people who suffer with it have a hard time with basic cellular function than those without it!

What Can Chiropractic Do for Chronic Pain?

Chiropractic is the art of replacing the bone to it’s natural position with specific vector and force.  The bones place pressure on the nerve when they are out of place, and this causes irritation to the nerve wherever it goes.  Without proper nerve flow, the cellular structures can be weakened and the function can go haywire.  That means that having a properly functioning nervous system can help with any and all conditions, to whatever degree they can be helped.  Chiropractors don’t treat symptoms,  there is only one cause in our philosophy.  When the bone is out of place, placing pressure on the nerve, a chiropractor moves the bone back into it’s natural position, and allows the body’s nervous system to conduct impulse exactly how the body was meant to work.

Of course not only people with chronic pain, but everyone should see a chiropractor to determine if chiropractic care is right for their problem.  Most times, chiropractors know if it is a chiropractic problem with a simple yet thorough examination that can screen and rule out many things that may be containdicated for chiropractic care.

The bottom line is, chronic pain is real and many people feel alone.  If you know someone who has chronic pain, or anyone for that matter, let them know that you care about them and be a willing listener.


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