Pain Relief & Management
Natural Pain Management Treatments, Patient-Focused Care
Are you looking for integrated drug-free and all-natural pain management solutions? Look no further, as Dr. Mark Freund and Dr. Nicole Gopaul provide a holistic approach to managing or healing your pain naturally.
Integrated Pain Management for Headaches, Back and Neck Pain
Integrated Pain Management (IPM) is one way to treat chronic headaches, back and neck pain. However, before starting the treatment, the physician will first identify the reason behind the aches and pains. Sometimes patients come in with a headache only to find out their head hurts because of a herniated spinal disc or untreated whiplash injury.
Each patient has unique needs. Therefore the doctors create an effective treatment plan based on the patient’s specific requirements after identifying the underlying cause of their condition. Sometimes spinal misalignment continuously irritates the nervous system, resulting in a pinching or blocked nerves that result in headaches, back or neck pain.
Here, chiropractic adjustments are an effective pain management solution to help realign the cervical spine, restoring it to its original position. Many patients have multiple subluxations in their spine. If the spine is not adjusted, the patient may continuously feel pain or other symptoms such as headaches without understanding the root cause. Thus, regular adjustments are an essential part of the pain management solution.
What is Pain Management?
Pain Management is gaining popularity as a medical specialty. It involves the use of multiple non-invasive practices to help relieve the body of pain. Chiropractic treatment is one form of pain management therapy practiced at Natural Care Chiropractic as well as acupuncture, manual therapy, physiotherapy, and other forms of natural healing. Our physicians build a targeted pain management/treatment plan that combines a variety of pain management therapies focused on the best possible outcomes for your condition.
Types of Pain
The kind and extent of pain you feel varies from person to person. However, we can broadly categorize pain into a few categories based on the type and severity of pain. There are two main categories of pain – acute and chronic.
Acute pain can best be described as a sudden pang of pain. It stays for a limited amount of time and can be best compared to a cramp. However, acute pain is usually followed by emotional distress, confusion, stress, depression, or anxiety. All of these work as warning signals, alerting the patient that the body is in distress and may need medical attention.
Chronic Pain lasts longer than acute pain does and can be quite troublesome, especially for those with low pain tolerance. Those suffering from chronic pain are almost constantly in a state of pain though the amount felt may vary at different times. What makes it worse is that chronic pain symptoms are sometimes resistant to over the counter medicine.
Chronic pain may be related to other illnesses, including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, nerve and tissue damage, etc. Persistent chronic pain takes a toll on one’s physical and mental health, making even day to day tasks exceptionally difficult to carry out.
Break Through Pain
Break Through Pain occurs when a flare up of pain happens even when the chronic conditions are generally controlled through medicine or natural care therapies. At times, this transitory pain has a definitive cause such as an action that impacts an affected area such as swinging a racket with arthritis. However, not every case is as clear and avoidable.
Common Location and Types of Pain
Back and Lower Back Pain
Spinal Malposition resulting in pinching of nerves is often the main reason behind back pain. Pain in the back can range from a dull ache to a mildly painful feeling such as that of being shot or stabbed. However, back pains can make movement quite difficult, leave one feeling nauseous and dizzy, and result in a loss of appetite. We offer an extensive range of treatments for the back and neck, including chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture and manual therapy.
Upper Back and Neck Pain
Cervical Spine Mispositioning can result in pain in the neck, upper back, and upper spine. The mispositioning affects several nerves that connect the upper back and neck area; thus, resulting in pain in a variety of connected areas.
Any change in the normal positioning of the knee joint can lead to severe knee pain. A malpositioned joint creates uneven pressure on the knee joint, damaging not only the bones but also the underlying cartilage. It makes movement difficult, and getting up, walking, or climbing stairs can become an excruciatingly painful experience.
Injuries to the shoulder, tendonitis, bursitis, body imbalance, arthritis are just some of the reasons why you may be experiencing shoulder pain. Overworking the shoulder joint can also be a cause of shoulder pain, as it can damage the joint. If you suffer from stiffness, exhaustion, muscle pain, or numbness, along with pain in the shoulder, you should seek medical help.
Frozen shoulder severely restricts shoulder mobility. There are several reasons why you may get a frozen shoulder, but overworking the shoulder is one of the main reasons. It can also result as a side effect of a shoulder injury as that weakens muscle tissue. Chiropractic care is one of the most effective treatments for frozen shoulder. It fixes the dislocated joint, improving blood flow and relieving nerve irritation and blockage in the shoulders.
Auto Accident Injury
Auto accidents can be very severe and leave lasting damage to the patient. If you have suffered injuries to the musculoskeletal system, you should seek chiropractic care. Here, the physician will diagnose the core of the problem and treat the underlying injury through a carefully drafted treatment plan to speed up the body’s natural healing process.
Psychological stress, back pain, and whiplash injuries are some of the most common side-effects or injuries in car accidents. Chiropractic adjustments can help treat these injuries by fixing and aligning the spine, relieving nerves, and improving blood circulation. It is the ideal treatment for treating spinal or whiplash injuries as it treats the underlying cause to alleviate the pain for long-term benefits.
Migraines and headaches are common ailments across people of all age groups. There are several reasons why one may suffer from constant headaches. Some of them are due to stress, lack of sleep, or poor nutritional diet. Here too, identifying the reason behind the problem is the first step towards treatment. Your physician can help you identify the underlying cause for the headaches and guide you to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Pregnancy is a special but tough time as the expectant mother is going through major changes in her body. As the baby grows, the body adapts to make space for the development of the child. The expansion places a significant amount of pressure on the pelvic floor, lower back, and joints. Chiropractic Care can help reduce the pressure on your lower back and pelvic floor.
Disc injuries are an early symptom of spinal misalignment. They most commonly occur in the lower and upper back and upper neck because there is less of a gap between the vertebrae.
A herniated disc is also known as a slipped disk and is the condition where the nucleus is pushed out through a tear in the outer ring. It can occur in any part of the spine and can leave the nerves severely irritated. The pain of a herniated disc is almost unbearable. You may not need surgery for treatment of a herniated disc, but you must seek therapy to prevent long-term problems of the spine.
A trapped nerve is like a trapped/pinched gas pipe. It leads to a nerve blockage, which affects blood circulation, and leads to various problems, including the death of nerve fibers in the body. You will likely experience severe pain or discomfort, numbness, or tingling sensation in the body. You can seek chiropractic treatment to alleviate the pain and treat the pinched nerve.
Tennis elbow is a painful condition that results as a side-effect of continuous elbow movement as of that in a game of tennis. It can lead to the displacement of the elbow and shoulder joint, which limits arm and shoulder movement. Chiropractic care is the ideal treatment option for such injuries as it allows the body to heal naturally, preventing long-term damage. During treatment, the chiropractor will also look for the thoracic and cervical spine to ensure everything else is perfectly aligned and functional.
Sports Injuries are also pretty common, and you don’t even have to be an athlete to get sports injuries. Everyone is susceptible to sprains, tendinitis, and stress fractures. You can opt for chiropractic care to help the body’s natural healing process and fix subluxations occurring on or off the field.
Treating the Whole Body
Our body is interconnected; thus, pain management isn’t as simple and straightforward as we want it to be. There are several stages of pain management and treatment, which requires looking, and treating the body as a whole. Our whole-body treatment aims not only to heal the injury but also to strengthen it, reducing the risk of future injuries. Our integrated treatment approach ensures our patients are able to live every day to the fullest and pain-free.
Chiropractic Care for Pain
Chiropractic Care is a type of treatment system that focuses on solving problems in the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Both of these systems are integral components of our bodies. The nervous system controls almost every part and function of our body, making it one of the most crucial systems in the body.
You can ensure your musculoskeletal and nervous systems are functioning perfectly well through Chiropractic Care. These treatments improve posture, reduce pain, improve flexibility and enhance muscle health. It focuses on improving communication between different components of the body, aiding and improving its natural healing and management systems. Chiropractic treatments are effective and ideal as they are non-invasive, all-natural, and pain-free treatments.
Chronic Pain Treatments
Effective treatments for chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, include manual therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and acupuncture. Though these conditions are not treatable, they are manageable, and you can reduce the intensity of the pain with the help of our experienced staff. At Natural Care Chiropractic, we draft customized pain management plans and provide treatments to get rid of pain and eliminate dependency on pain medications.
We also offer manual therapy options, which include lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy. They target embedded muscles, treat narrow areas, reduce inflammation and swelling, which are the reason behind chronic pain. Most patients actually report substantial improvements after a single treatment, and regular treatments can almost eliminate pain.
Spine Pain and Treatments
Spinal problems are common, but not many patients are open to the idea of invasive treatments such as surgery. For them, alternative pain management treatments, such as Chiropractic Care, are ideal. Through spinal manipulation, a chiropractor can help reduce pain, strengthen the spine, back, and neck, reducing the chances of further injury. It can also treat chronic arthritis and restore the spine to its original and functional condition.
Spinal manipulation is a gentle technique where the chiropractor works the spine to improve flexibility and relieve pain and discomfort. While it is a complete treatment in itself, most chiropractors incorporate other treatments to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the treatments. The combination also improves the overall nervous system as well.
Natural Pain Relief
Other pain relief therapies and treatments include manual therapy, acupuncture, and physical therapy. All these treatments work well with each other and support manual therapy treatments such as spinal manipulation.
Acupuncture is also an ideal treatment option for people suffering from back pain. The thin needles, when inserted into pressure points, can help release stress and pain from the back through the stimulation of the nervous system. The treatment induces a healthy balance in the body. It also leaves the patient feeling a little more rejuvenated. It improves mood, digestion, mental health, concentration, and sleep quality.