How Chiropractic Relieves Pain
We see many patients in our Shelton office who are suffering from acute or chronic pain, and we've found that our chiropractic approach is very successful and getting people relief.
Your body contains roughly 60 different chemicals and each one is responsible for very different functions and regulatory actions. For instance, calcium helps your muscles contract and potassium regulates your heartbeat. Sodium controls the balance of water in your system and fluorine protects your teeth against decay. There are also four chemicals associated with management of pain, and a study published in Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy has found that chiropractic promotes almost all of them.
For purposes of this study, researchers chose thirty participants who weren’t actively in any sort of pain to see what effect chiropractic treatments had on their levels of neurotensin, oxytocin, orexin A, and cortisol—the four chemicals that impact how much pain a person feels. The subjects were separated into three different groups: ten engaged in cervical spinal manipulation (chiropractic involving the neck area), ten received thoracic spinal manipulation (manipulation to the discs and vertebrae in the middle and upper back), and the final ten subjects were the control group, so they received no spinal manipulation therapy whatsoever. Researchers drew each individual’s blood prior to, immediately after, and two hours post-treatment to determine the starting levels of neurotensin, oxytocin, orexin A, and cortisol, as well as to note any changes that may occur.
Immediately upon conclusion of the spinal manipulation sessions, researchers found “significantly higher” levels of both neurotensin and oxytocin in the participants who received either form of spinal manipulation. Cortisol levels increased only for the subjects who engaged in cervical spinal manipulation, and orexin A levels were unaffected by the chiropractic treatments entirely.
These findings suggest that engaging in regular chiropractic care can help your pain on a cellular level by changing the chemical makeup of your body. Not to mention, regular spinal manipulations also work to correct the spinal issue that is causing the pain in the first place. This makes chiropractic an effective two-prong approach to pain management.
If you're in pain, chiropractic care can help. We've helped hundreds of patients with auto injury pain, sciatica, back pain, neck pain, and more. Don't put your health second, call to schedule your appointment today!
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*Plaza-Manzano G, Molina F, Lomas-Vega R, et al. Changes in biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response after spinal manipulation. Journal Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(4):231-9.
6/21/2022 10:48:32 am
I've been having a hard time with back pain, and I'm not sure what to do about it. It makes sense that I would want to get a chiropractor to help me out with this. That seems like a good way to ensure that I get myself in order.
6/23/2022 09:19:45 am
Wow, it's great to know how chiropractic care could help us reduce our pain at a cellular level. Recently, my wife started a new project, and ever since then, her neck started causing her pain, so I'll talk to her later and suggest we find a chiropractor's help. Thanks for the information on chiropractic care and how it'd remove your pain.
7/27/2022 04:37:36 am
It got me when you mentioned that regular chiropractic care can ease your pain on a cellular level. My friend sprained herself while working out. I should advise her to see an expert in chiropractic services for proper treatment.
7/27/2022 09:53:23 pm
It's great that you elaborated that the 60 chemicals in your body are responsible for your muscle functions. A friend of mine informed me yesterday that his family was hoping to find a non-surgical correction treatment for her sister with scoliosis, and he asked me if I had any idea where would be the best option for them. I love this instructive article, I'll be sure to tell him that they can consult chiropractic care as they can provide the adjustment she needs.
8/22/2022 04:10:20 am
I appreciate your mentioning that chiropractic adjustments can reduce your pain at the cellular level by altering your body's chemical composition. My sibling had an injury from playing sports. My brother will visit a chiropractor for a checkup if he experiences any type of pain or malfunction in his muscles, bones, or joints.
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9/22/2022 08:17:46 am
Great aerticle. I like the athelete pictures as well.
10/6/2022 12:32:57 am
Thank you for mentioning that receiving regular chiropractic therapy might reduce your pain at the cellular level by altering your body's chemical composition. My grandma claims to have been experiencing lower back discomfort. I'll check out a chiropractor to treat her pain.
1/4/2023 03:23:56 pm
It's great that you mentioned that regular spinal manipulations can help correct issues that cause pain in the first place. I think that I have some spinal problems because I spent much of my teenage years hunching and not standing up straight. I would imagine that I will have to work with a chiropractor for at least a year to correct the issues that my spine might have.
1/26/2023 03:08:53 am
Thank you for mentioning that receiving regular chiropractic care might reduce your pain at the cellular level by altering your body's chemical composition. My friend is experiencing knee pain. I'll advise her to visit a chiropractor to determine her body's chemical composition.
2/17/2023 08:00:30 am
I'm glad that you talked about how the chemical makeup of your whole body could be improved by having daily chiropractic care for adjustments. My best friend told me last night that his family was hoping to have an adjustment for his brother with a posture problem due to everyday training. He asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to consider. Thanks to this informative article, I'll be sure to tell him that he can consult a chiropractor as they can provide the adjustments his brother needs.
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