Pain is an important part of how the body works. It warns us about damage and harm. But pain can be caused by all sorts of different things, and sometimes the pain signal is out of control. Some pain is caused by obvious trauma, a wound or impact, often it is caused by micro-damage in muscles or ligaments, such as the pain of muscles exhausted by a poor posture. Yet other types of pain are purely neurological, with the only changes occurring inside the structure of the brain. It is crucial to differentiate between the causes to be able to solve the problem.
The first goal in the treatment of pain is always to remove the painful stimulus. In some cases this means waiting for the damaged body part to heal, for example after a fracture. More often it involves correcting the movement pattern or posture which is causing stress to nerves, muscles or joints. If the pain has become chronic, the next step is to allow the brain to ignore pain signals once again and to return to its normal level of activity.
Chiropractic Neurology is quite simply a chiropractor with a special interest in the intricacies of the neurological system and the treatment of chronic pain. The role of a Chiropractic Neurologist is to explore these patterns to pinpoint what is causing the symptoms and more importantly, why. Chiropractic Neurology can be effective in the diagnosis and treatment of Low Back pain, Neck Pain, and Sciatica.
The Technical Part
The primary goal of your brain is movement. Your brain uses your eyes, your ears and the feedback from your muscles and joints to create a 3D map of your body and your environment. All movement is based on these sensory maps. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, in any area of the body this may be due to a physical lesion or it may be that your brain is having trouble creating these sensory maps and healthy movement patterns.
Your brain and nerves are highly adaptive throughout your lifetime. As a child this allows you to learn to walk, talk and play. As an adult it allows you to learn new skills. It also allows us to heal remarkably well from injury. However, sometimes this adaptive response is incomplete and occasionally it can work against us, pain nerves may become increasingly painful after an injury, resulting in a more chronic condition and causing anxiety and stress. This is where we may be able to help.
Correct diagnosis is paramount when treating these conditions, there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment plan. This is why we allow longer for our Chiropractic Neurology appointments, the extra time enables us to understand your history, how your symptoms started and are progressing and to perform specific tests to pinpoint the cause of them. It also ensures we are able to support patients through their recovery and the rehabilitation process.