Instead of being prescribed another medication for your chronic pain, something as simple as a few cycles of chiropractic therapy could relieve mild to moderate chronic pain for years to come.
One in five people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. This statistic from the US National Institutes of Health means that whether it is in the back, neck and shoulders or elsewhere, there are people who are in constant pain and are willing to do anything to relieve it.
Davin Barbanell, a seasoned chiropractor, whose main office is in North Miami but also operates in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, knows this need well. With over 17 years of experience, he and his team specialize in helping patients find relief from car accidents, slips, falls, and injuries as well as common pains, such as those caused by improper posture at work.
Chiropractic therapy is non-invasive. 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 slide into more comfortable situations. “It really helps the body in so many ways,” Barbanell said. “Obviously with pain, but also nerve function and overall health.”
What to expect in chiropractic therapy
Assessments begin with comprehensive physical exams and state-of-the-art digital x-rays to help determine the type of therapy that will benefit you the most. At Barbanell’s practice, treatment may include adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, cold laser therapy, mechanical traction or extensive manual therapy and stretching.
A chiropractor will suggest a treatment plan based on your specific needs. For example, neck and back pain are often caused by misaligned vertebrae impinging on nerves. Even whiplash and painful joints can be treated with manual or instrument-assisted adjustments. “When you adjust the vertebrae, it restores function,” Barbanell said. And if you’re afraid of the process, don’t be! A good chiropractor knows that some forms of therapy are not suitable for everyone.
Recommended chiropractic therapy sessions may be more frequent for someone with severe acute pain from an accident, and less frequent for someone who is just maintaining spinal health. Ultimately, before you turn to surgery or drugs that can be addictive, “sometimes we can cure 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 drugs and surgery, naturally align their bodies, and learn how to prevent pain by adjusting their work and home lifestyle. “That’s where you want to start,” Barbanell said.
To speak directly with Dr. Barbanell and schedule an appointment, call 305-934-8444.