Chronic Neck Pain, Migraines, and Chiropractic Philosophy
Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm
San Francisco Chiropractor and Chronic Back Pain Expert comments:
There are not a whole lot of conditions that are more bothersome than chronic neck pain. Chronic neck pain sufferers often get migraine headaches, arm and hand pain, and even carpal tunnel symptoms. It seems like the pain is always there, and nothing seems to help. Even sleeping can be a struggle. And nothing is worse than having a migraine headache all day. It just zaps your energy and sucks the life out of you.
I would know, I was first introduced to chiropractic because of chronic neck pain and migraine headaches that I had lived with since childhood. When I was around 25 years old, I was given percodan for the pain, developed an allergic reaction to it, and ended up in the emergency room. A friend recommended a local chiropractor, and the rest is history. We ended up becoming best friends, and I landed in chiropractic school a few years later.
And, it's not like my headaches and neck pain just disappeared either. It took many months of chiropractic adjustments and some lifestyle modifications. The diet I was eating was rich in animal protein, so I switched to a plant based diet. I also started sleeping with a cervical pillow. And, I began relaxation techniques to help relax my neck muscles which were always in constant spasm. But it was the chiropractic adjustments and philosophy that turned my life around.
Slowly, over the course of a a few months the headaches began to go away, as did the neck pain. It was quite a life changing experience for me so I decided to learn everything I could about the chiropractic profession and it's principles. I learned that chiropractic is much more than just a method of pain management. As it turns out, chiropractic is more of a philosophy...the philosophy of things natural.
The closer we are to our natural state, the healthier we are. So, chiropractic does not seek to restore lost health by treating symptoms...that's the medical approach. Chiropractors help the body to heal itself by removing interference to the nervous system, which controls and regulates all bodily functions. It just so happens, that by doing this...we feel better.