According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, chronic pain affects approximately 100 million adults in the United States. Unfortunately, modern medicine is largely focused on treating symptoms rather than the underlying cause of pain. If you have a headache, you most likely reach for a bottle of Ibuprofen or Tylenol without thinking twice. While symptom relief care provides relief, it is only temporary. If the underlying cause of your recurring pain is not identified and treated, it will most likely continue to cause you discomfort.
How Function Based Care Works
Function based care differs from symptom relief care in that it identifies, targets and treats the underlying cause of pain instead of focusing solely on relieving the symptoms. While symptom relief care can help you feel good temporarily, function based care is designed to help you feel good for longer periods of time.
When chiropractic adjustments are made without considering root causes of pain – such as immune system imbalances – they only serve to temporarily relieve symptoms. Function based care, on the other hand, is designed to provide long-term relief rather than temporary relief.
Function based care involves correcting misalignments in the spine with gentle, specialized adjustments. These adjustments are made with the help of current technology and are based on a detailed understanding of the nervous system and how it can affect spinal alignment.
Nervous System Considerations
Optimal spinal alignment cannot be maintained without identifying imbalances within the nervous system and correcting them. While there are a variety of factors that can over excite your nervous system and cause imbalances, stress is one of the major culprits. According to information revealed by a research team led by Sheldon Cohen with Carnegie Mellon University, stress can cause the body to become ineffective at regulating its inflammatory response. Chronic inflammation overtaxes the immune system and can cause a variety of problems, including muscle and joint pain.
Unfortunately, few chiropractors consider the nervous system when correcting spinal misalignments. For this reason, true spinal correction and optimal nervous system balance is nearly impossible to achieve or maintain, unless care is received from a chiropractor who specializes in function based care.
Seeking Long-Term Relief
If you think your spinal pain and tension headaches may be related to an immune system imbalance, Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy offers function based care for long-term health improvements rather than temporary relief of symptoms.