Chronic pain is best defined in opposition to acute pain. Conventionally, chronic pain, unlike acute pain, lasts more than 3 months since onset. Although there is no consensus as to how long pain should last before it is considered chronic, the three month period is traditionally accepted as the borderline that differentiates acute and chronic pain. In addition to the medical explanation, chronic pain is also defined as the type of pain that extends beyond the expected time for healing. Chronic pain may be caused by the activation of nociceptors, in which case it is referred to as nociceptive pain, or by the damage of the nervous system, in which case it is referred to as neuropathic pain. Nociceptive pain is divided into two categories depending on where it is located: Superficial chronic pain is triggered by nociceptors located in the skin or superficial tissues; Deep pain may be classified Continue reading →

There are various factors that may be responsible for triggering your neck pain, including certain medical conditions, injuries, and activities that put strain on the neck. The intensity of neck pain varies from moderate to severe and it can have a wide range of effects on the personal, social, and professional performance of sufferers. In addition to the adequate medicine and therapies, there are a number of ways that you can help relieve neck pain at home, without going to the doctor: 1. Apply An Ice Pack – Ice acts like a constringent agent to effectively decrease inflammation and associated pain. Ice has an anesthesia-like effect on pain, which will ultimately lead to the reduction or even the elimination of neck pain. You can use a plastic bag filled with crushed ice and covered in a soft pillow case that is thin enough to effectively transmit cold yet thick enough to protect your Continue reading →

Everyone has discs in their spine that are made up of thick layers of cartilage on the outside and a soft material on the inside. As you age, these discs become less flexible and therefore, more prone to injury. When the disc is herniated it means that the soft material on the inside of the disc comes through the outer part of the cartilage, which can cause a lot of discomfort in patients. Luckily, this pain does not have to last forever, as there are treatments to correct herniated discs. At Chiro-Med, we have treated many patients using our safe and effective therapies. Spinal Decompression Therapy During your spinal decompression therapy, motorized traction devices are used to position your spine and stretch it, creating negative pressure within your spinal disc. This allows any protruding or herniated material to be pulled back into the disc. If spinal decompression therapy treatments are not Continue reading →

It is common when you have back pain to look to your back as the source of the problem. However, other parts of your body play a big role in how your back feels. Just look down at your feet – YES, your feet! The way your foot contacts the ground beneath you can really impact your back because it will affect the way your back absorbs the compression to your spine.  Your back needs support while you walk, and if your shoes are not providing the proper support you can be hurting your back every time you take a step or even just stand. You may not notice a problem at first, but this lack of support will add stress to your back and cause you discomfort over time. A great solution to the problem of unsupportive footwear is through the use of custom orthotics. Custom orthotics can help to Continue reading →

If you have never visited a chiropractor, then you probably have a lot of questions. This can be a new and unknown territory for you, which can be a bit intimidating. However, there is nothing to be scared of when it comes to this drugless, hands-on approach to pain relief and rehabilitation. The general overview of chiropractic care is that the doctor will use their hands or a small instrument to apply pressure to a spinal joint in order to fix a patient’s structural alignment and improve the body’s overall function. Common treatment techniques in chiropractic care include massage, joint manipulation, stabilization exercises, guidance on self-care, and physical therapy. These care treatments can be done on their own or be combined throughout the duration of your treatment. Many people fear the amount of cracking and popping that occurs during treatment. When the joints are manipulated, gases are released, leading to a popping sound! When Continue reading →

Body pain can really slow you down, and the wrong chiropractor won’t help speed up your healing time. It is important to make sure that your chiropractor is the best chiropractor for you. Taking the time to find the right match can help speed up your recovery time due to improved communication, symmetry in the goals for your recovery and a more pleasant experience overall. So how do you tell, which is the best chiropractor for you? Here are some tips for your search: 1.      What are you most comfortable with? Chiropractic treatment typically uses a “hands on” approach. You should decide before hand if you are more comfortable with a female or male doctor. In doing so you will be more open to the treatment, feel more comfortable at visits and be able to communicate better with your doctor. 2.      Get recommendations A good place to start in finding a chiropractor is by Continue reading →

We all want what is best for our children. In wanting the best, we find ourselves worrying and asking lots of questions. One question many parents have when it comes to chiropractic treatment is, “What age does my child have to be to see a chiropractor?” Chiropractic treatments involve preventative methods to help with good health and growth of a child. Therefore, it is safe for infants, toddlers, children and teenagers to see a chiropractor. It is actually very safe for a child to see a chiropractor because the doctor will adjust his pressure and technique to ensure a safe treatment for each individual child. A baby’s spine is very sensitive and supple in the first few weeks and months of its life. Their spine, shoulders and neck are impacted at birth when they are born and they can develop problems right from birth. Seeing a chiropractor with a pediatric background Continue reading →

The goal of chiropractic treatment is to help correct structural alignment and improve the physical function of the body. A common question asked by patients is, “How often should I have a chiropractic adjustment?” How often you have a chiropractic adjustment depends on how serious your condition is, and your chiropractor’s treatment plan.  You and are doctor need to determine what is the right frequency of appointments for you until you are healed. A chiropractor will not always be able to tell you how long your condition will take to heal because no one can predict how a patient will respond to treatment. Your treatment should be assessed every 3-6 weeks to determine if you need more or fewer visits. When you first start your chiropractic treatment, you may want to see your doctor for multiple appointments per week. Within the first 1-4 weeks of treatment, a patient will start to feel much Continue reading →

Back pain can really slow you down and turn any task into an obstacle. Relieving that pain will allow you to go about your day, so knowing what options you have for back pain relief treatment is very important. Here are some of the options you can choose from to treat your back pain: At-Home Relief MethodsRest When you have back pain it is important to rest your muscles so that they are not strained. Ice or heat Choose whatever is most comfortable for you. Both heat and ice will break up the pain-spasm in your back. Anti-inflammatory drug Take an anti-inflammatory to help reduce the inflammation and pain in your back (please consult with your physician first). Follow with applying heat or ice to the area to soothe muscles and tissue. Physiotherapy Physiotherapy employs many methods that will help relieve your back pain. A therapeutic ultrasound will help with healing the muscle Continue reading →

Physiotherapy is used to help restore movement and normal function back to the body in cases of injury, disability, and illness. Each individual case is different in how it has affected the body and therefore the time that someone will need physiotherapy treatment can vary. Individuals that will experience long treatments have a few things in common: • They have had the condition for a long time. They may have been born with a problem or held off dealing with it for a while so it will take longer to cure. • Patients who do not visit their physiotherapist frequently and neglect their stretching and exercising at home will extend their physiotherapy treatment time. • Other factors that will lead to a longer physiotherapy treatment are your age and medical history. Being older can impact your healing as your bones and muscles are more sensitive and weak. Your medical history impacts your Continue reading →