Instead of being prescribed yet another medication for your chronic pain, something as simple as a few rounds of chiropractic therapy could relieve mild to moderate chronic pain for years to come.
One-in-five people worldwide live with chronic pain. This statistic from the U.S. National Institutes of Health means whether it’s in the back, neck and shoulders, or elsewhere, there are people constantly suffering and willing to try anything to alleviate it.
Davin Barbanell, a veteran chiropractor, whose main office is in North Miami but also operates in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, knows this need well. With more than 17 years experience, he and his team specialize in helping patients find relief after car accidents, slips, falls and personal injuries as well as for common pains, like those caused by poor posture at work.
Chiropractic therapy is noninvasive. With the hands or specialized tools, the chiropractor manipulates the spine and other joints to reduce pain, realign the body and improve overall physical function. A gentle push here, a guided twist there, and you feel your bones and muscles slip into more comfortable situations. “It really helps the body in many ways,” Barbanell said. “Obviously with pain, but overall nerve function and health as well.”
What to Expect at Chiropractic Therapy
Evaluations begin with comprehensive physical exams and state-of-the-art digital X-rays help to determine what type of therapy will benefit you most. At Barbanell’s practice, treatment might include adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, cold laser therapy, mechanical traction or in-depth manual therapy and stretching.
A chiropractor will suggest a treatment plan based on your specific needs. For instance, neck and back pains are often caused by misaligned vertebrae impinging on nerves. Even whiplash strains and aching joints can be treated through manual or instrument-assisted adjustments. “When you adjust the vertebrae, it restores function,” Barbanell said. And if you’re scared about the process, don’t be! A good chiropractor knows that certain forms of therapy aren’t for everyone.
Recommended chiropractic therapy sessions might be more frequent for someone in severe acute pain from an accident, and less frequent for someone simply maintaining their spinal health. The bottom line is, before you turn to surgery or medications that can be addictive, “sometimes we can heal you,” he said.
One of the main benefits of chiropractic therapy is that it is holistic, meaning the body is cared for as an interconnected whole. Patients can avoid medication and surgery, naturally aligning their bodies and learning how to prevent pain with lifestyle adjustments at work and home. “It’s where you want to start,” Barbanell said.
To speak to Dr. Barbanell directly and schedule your appointment, call 305-934-8444.