SCOTT COOK: Chronic pain relief is possible
January 21, 2014 10:50 AM

We all want to get the most we can out of life. Whether it is to get married, have children, work at a meaningful job, make more money or have enough free time for your hobbies and interests, the bottom line is that we want to be happy.

Living with chronic pain is one of the biggest obstacles one can have in achieving happiness.

Recently, the National Pain Association conducted a study about chronic pain. The survey consisted of 3,018 people who are living with fibromyalgia or another chronic pain syndrome. They found that 92 percent of people who suffer from chronic pain report that their pain profoundly affects their daily lives.

All aspects of life decisions were factored in the results, including relationships, parenting, job selection and self-reflection.

Some of the results are as follows:

• Approximately 87 percent of respondents feel that they’re a different person since their chronic pain began.

• Almost all respondents (92 percent) said that their condition has a major impact on significant life decisions, including whether or not to change jobs, have children, or whether to initiate or remain in a relationship.

• More than 650 respondents have children currently under the age of 18. Of these, 95 percent report that their painful condition affects at least one of their parenting duties, such as taking care of daily household and child care needs, enjoying their children’s milestones or managing their children’s activities/scheduling.

• Approximately 68 percent of respondents agree that pain affects their ability to care properly for their family.

• Nearly all respondents (approximately 98 percent) report they have implemented some type of adaptation to their daily routine in order to conduct activities and tasks, and three-quarters of respondents have made three or more daily adjustments.

Physical pain can overshadow our various paths to personal happiness. We can tolerate acute pain for a while in the hope that it will go away soon, within a week or two at the most. But chronic pain is another matter.

Many people experiencing chronic pain find it difficult to imagine really living the life they want to live. Pain seems to influence everything. But there are many tools and techniques for diminishing the impact of chronic pain. The practice of yoga has consistently been shown to provide benefits, as has developing the habit of doing regular exercise, such as walking or swimming.

Chiropractic care has always been a leading treatment for certain chronic pain patients.

For example, chiropractic care can often help with chronic headaches, chronic neck pain and chronic low back pain. For many people the benefit may be substantial.

Your chiropractor is experienced in the care of many chronic conditions and will let you know whether chiropractic care is right for you. Regular chiropractic care can provide substantial benefit for people with chronic pain.

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