We see many patients who have pain that will not go away. Some have had multiple medications, injections, nerves cut and a variety of other types of care. Usually the care is all directed at the place where it hurts.
ROLE OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
Every time a person experiences suffering from pain, the area of the brain responsible for that painful feeling becomes active. Regardless of what is happening in other places of the body, if the pain areas of the brain are active, YOU FEEL PAIN.
This is a good example of central (brain) activity resulting in the experience of pain. The patient may not have an arm, yet they experience arm pain. Many types of chronic pain are similar.
OUR APPROACH TO PAIN
Since we have so much experience with patients who have “been everywhere” before being referred to our clinic, we look at pain in unique ways. We investigate:
- What is actually happening at the place where it hurts?
- How is the nerve that serves that area working?
- Is the spinal cord amplifying a pain signal?
- Are heightened “fight or flight” responses contributing?
- Is the pain area of the brain firing on its own?
- Are there dietary or lifestyle factors contributing?
We do not try to cover up the pain, we are here to help you stop it. Care is individualized, which is very important since there are so many different ways that pain can become chronic. Correction of the problem will include very specific adjustments, neurological therapies and the patient’s participation in a well designed home program.
Joint pain, many types of headache, back pain, hand/foot pain, neuropathic pain, pain associated with stroke and spinal cord injury and many more varieties have had successful outcomes at CNS Rehab when they did not respond to care elsewhere.
Treatment involves many different activities that have been found in the literature and/or therapeutic trial to evoke the types of changes that are desired. This may (or may not) include:
- Specific Chiropractic adjustments that change the signals to the brain associated with movement, balance and muscle tone
- A wide variety of visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory and balance activities
- Eye movement exercises
- Coordination and Movement patterning
- Promotion of symmetry of flexibility
- Interactive Metronome©
- Cognitive or thought based exercises
- Activities to increase oxygen supply
- Checking to see if there are dietary or gastrointestinal aggravators promoting the pain cycle
- Modification of school, home and play activities and environment