Pain comes in a variety of ways. It may be a dull ache, sharp shooting, radiating, chronic, or acute. No matter the level, it is uncomfortable and can negatively affect your quality of life. But depending on the severity, it may even be debilitating and keep you from performing basic daily tasks. Have you recently been injured in an accident at work, home, or on the road and are experiencing ongoing pain? Did you overwork a muscle at the gym but haven’t been able to get back to normal? Or perhaps there’s no rhyme or reason to your pain, you just know it started and it’s keeping you from enjoying a happy and fulfilling life.
Whatever the reason, you don’t have to live in pain for forever. Keller chiropractor Dr. Doyle offers a variety of alternative treatment methods at his practice to help patients manage their pain. He also discusses certain tips below to get you back to a healthier and pain-free lifestyle. Continue reading to find out more. We also invite you to schedule a consultation by calling (817) 767-5430 or contacting us online.
Stress can actually exacerbate pain because it increases the level of inflammation in your body. If you have a high stress job or hectic lifestyle, stop and assess your situation and see where you can cut back on stress in your life. You may also start implementing meditation or deep breathing exercises to help you relax and control stressful situations.
Endorphins are chemicals in the brain that are instant mood boosters. But they can also block pain signals. How do you get them? Exercise. Even the lightest physical activity can release endorphins into the body. Not only will you start to feel better emotionally by exercising, but as the muscles strengthen, pain will start to reduce. Strong muscles can help prevent re-injury and additional pain. If your weight plays a role in your pain, exercise can also help you lose excess weight, as well as control blood sugar levels and reduce risk of heart disease. Ask your Keller chiropractor for an exercise routine that is right for you.
Founded in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture stimulates the nerves, muscles, and tissues in your body to address neck and back pain, extremity pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions. Your body is intended to function with certain energy patterns to function effectively. When these energy patterns are disrupted, it can result in pain, disease, and inflammation. Your body also has musculoskeletal acu-points along the surface of the skin. To help correct the disrupted energy flow, Keller chiropractor Dr. Doyle will strategically insert sterilized stainless steel needles in varying lengths into these acu-points to stimulate the underlying tissues and muscles.
It is important to note that Dr. Doyle is not directly treating any specific condition with acupuncture, but treating dysfunction in very specific points within your musculoskeletal system. Treating theses dysfunctional musculoskeletal points has been shown to have a wide range of health benefits, including pain management.
Undergo Routine Chiropractic Adjustments
Your spine hosts your central nervous system, which is responsible for sending messages from your brain to other organs in the body. When the vertebrae in your neck and back are out of alignment, it can cause mixed signals, resulting in pain, inflammation, and disease. By keeping your spine in proper position, you can reduce pain. It’s really quite simple: A healthy spine equals a healthy body. Keller chiropractor Dr. Doyle will fashion a treatment plan unique to your needs.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
What you consume can affect your body’s ability to function. Filling it with wholesome foods gives it better fuel for functioning properly. But a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean eating healthy foods. It also means reducing alcohol consumption and avoiding smoking as both of these can exacerbate pain in the body.
Get a Massage
Getting a massage has double benefits. Not only will it help you reduce stress and relax – but it can also alleviate tight muscles often associated with chronic pain. People who receive a massage once a month have statistically been shown to have better health physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Meet With Your Keller Chiropractor
Dr. Doyle would love to meet you and help you manage your pain so you can boost your quality of life. Please contact our office today online or by calling (817) 767-5430.