The Role of Chiropractic in Managing Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be a persistent and debilitating companion, affecting millions of individuals worldwide. Conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic back pain can significantly impact one’s quality of life. While traditional approaches often involve medication and invasive procedures, chiropractic care offers a holistic and drug-free alternative for managing chronic pain. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore how chiropractic treatments can play a vital role in effectively managing chronic pain conditions.

Understanding Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is defined as persistent pain that lasts for 12 weeks or longer, often outlasting the expected healing time. It can result from various underlying causes, with some of the most common chronic pain conditions including:


Arthritis is a group of conditions characterized by inflammation and pain in the joints. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are among the most prevalent forms of arthritis, affecting millions of people.


Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tender points. It can significantly impact one’s quality of life.

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is a persistent discomfort in the lumbar or thoracic spine, often resulting from musculoskeletal issues, herniated discs, or other spinal conditions.

The Chiropractic Approach

Chiropractic care is based on the belief that the body has an innate ability to heal itself when functioning optimally. Chiropractors are trained healthcare professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those related to the spine. They employ a range of non-invasive techniques to promote healing and pain relief.

Chiropractic Adjustments

The cornerstone of chiropractic care is chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation. This technique involves applying controlled force to specific areas of the spine or joints to correct misalignments (subluxations).

Soft Tissue Therapy

In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors may use soft tissue therapy to address muscular issues. This may include techniques such as massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy.

Stretching and Exercise

Chiropractors often prescribe tailored stretching and exercise routines to improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, and enhance spinal health.

Managing Chronic Pain with Chiropractic Care

Now, let’s explore how chiropractic care can specifically help manage chronic pain conditions.


Chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy can help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation associated with arthritis. By enhancing joint function, chiropractic care can alleviate pain and improve the overall quality of life for arthritis sufferers.


While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, chiropractic care can help manage its symptoms. Gentle adjustments and soft tissue therapy can reduce muscle tension, improve sleep quality, and enhance overall comfort for individuals with fibromyalgia.

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain often results from spinal misalignments or disc issues. Chiropractic adjustments aim to correct these problems, leading to improved spinal function, reduced pain, and enhanced mobility.

The Benefits of a Drug-Free Approach

One of the significant advantages of chiropractic care for managing chronic pain is its drug-free nature. Many individuals prefer non-pharmaceutical options to avoid potential side effects and dependency on medications.

Chiropractic care provides a holistic approach to pain management, focusing on the root causes of pain rather than merely masking symptoms. By addressing musculoskeletal issues and promoting proper alignment, chiropractors can help individuals find lasting relief.

Avoiding Invasive Procedures

Invasive procedures, such as surgery, are often considered a last resort for chronic pain management. Chiropractic care provides a non-invasive alternative that can be explored before opting for surgical interventions. By improving spinal health and function, chiropractic adjustments may help individuals avoid the need for surgery.

Collaborative Care

Chiropractors often work collaboratively with other healthcare providers, such as primary care physicians, physical therapists, and pain management specialists. This interdisciplinary approach ensures that patients receive comprehensive care tailored to their specific needs.

Is Chiropractic Care Right for You?

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, chiropractic care may offer a viable solution. However, it’s essential to consult with a chiropractor to assess your condition and determine the most appropriate treatment plan. Chiropractic care is highly personalized, and treatment recommendations are based on individual needs and goals.

Conclusion: Embracing a Drug-Free Path to Pain Management

Chiropractic care, as practiced at A Chiropractic Wellness Place in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, plays a crucial role in managing chronic pain. Whether you’re living with arthritis, fibromyalgia, or chronic back pain, chiropractic care provides a holistic, drug-free, and non-invasive approach to pain relief and improved well-being.

Ready to experience the benefits of chiropractic care? Contact A Chiropractic Wellness Place in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, today to schedule your consultation. Take the first step toward a healthier, pain-free life with our experienced team by your side.

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Will my insurance cover this?2022-12-30T00:19:34-05:00

Most insurance policies offer some chiropractic coverage. Dr. Chiungos works with Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Tufts Health Plan, Unicare/GIC, and Medicare. See the No Surprises Act for more information.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?2022-12-30T00:00:01-05:00

Absolutely. Chiropractic as a profession is more than 100 years old. We follow industry guidelines during our new patient induction process to minimize risk and maximize benefit. Chiropractic malpractice insurance is considered by many to be the least costly  professional insurance in the healthcare industry because chiropractic is generally considered a safe, manual therapy.

When will I start feeling better?2022-12-30T00:00:41-05:00

It depends on your mechanism of injury and your current state of health. You might start feeling better as soon as your adjustment is finished. You might need to go home and ice (Dr. Chiungos will advise you). If your injury is serious, it may take several visits. But your healing has begun from the first adjustment. Your personal care plan is designed to take you from where you are today to your best possible outcome. Dr. Chiungos will keep you updated on your progress at each visit.


Will my insurance cover decompression treatment?2024-05-24T07:30:29-05:00

Decompression treatment is not currently covered by health insurance. If Dr. Chiungos believes this is an integral part of your treatment plan, he will discuss all costs and potential discounts before the start of care. You will receive informed consent.

Is spinal disc decompression treatment safe?2024-05-24T07:30:42-05:00

Spinal Disc Decompression with the SpineMED® Table has shown to be safe and generally without major side effects or complications once abnormal conditions have been ruled out. The process is so safe and comfortable, it’s not uncommon for patients to fall asleep!

Are there any specific situations that are unsafe for decompression?2024-05-24T07:30:56-05:00
Specific situations that are not suited for decompression therapy include:
  • Patients under 12 years old
  • If you had spinal surgery that involved clips, mesh or fusion
  • If you have fractures, tumors or infections
  • If you have osteoporosis or spondylolisthesis where there’s been a fracture or non-union defect in the spine, where that segment that we want to traction is unstable
How does decompression complement traditional chiropractic?2024-05-24T07:31:11-05:00

Damaged intervertebral discs seldom heal as the discs are constantly under pressure from muscular spasm—during normal activities, and even while sleeping! SpineMED is designed to reduce the pressure in the discs, promoting the influx of vital fluids, nutrients and oxygen back into the discs to assist the body’s natural rebuilding process. This process may speed up the natural repair and could eventually heal damaged spinal discs.

How long will decompression therapy take?2024-05-24T07:31:38-05:00

Sessions are typically 30 minutes long. It could take 15 to 25 sessions or more to see some relief from your discomfort. That’s variable based on your status and the condition we’re treating. Ideally, the sessions are performed daily with rest on the weekend.

Aspen Laser

Will my insurance cover laser treatment?2022-12-30T00:02:57-05:00

Laser treatment, as used in chiropractic offices, is not currently covered by health insurance. If Dr. Chiungos believes this is an integral part of your treatment plan, he will discuss all costs and potential discounts before the start of care.

Is laser therapy safe?2023-01-18T14:21:08-05:00

Laser therapy has been in use for over thirty years with almost no side effects reported. Aspen Laser is FDA-registered and passes all safety compliance requirements. The treatments are not painful; in fact, laser is warm and comfortable to your skin. Dr. Chiungos will check in with you regularly to make sure the temperature feels right, and you can always speak up if it starts to feel too warm. The main safety concern is for the eyes, which is why Dr. Chiungos will provide protective glasses for both patient and doctor at each session.

Are there any situations that are unsafe for laser?2022-12-30T00:04:42-05:00

Laser is effective on most parts of the body; however, there are times when laser is not appropriate:

  • during pregnancy
  • within twelve months of cancer treatments
  • during the use of photo-sensitizing medications
  • over recent steroid injections (seven days)
  • over growth plates or reproductive glands
  • over tattoos or skin infections
How does laser complement traditional chiropractic?2022-12-30T00:05:14-05:00

Laser therapy promotes energy production supporting cellular repair, increased blood flow, increased red blood cell oxygen-carrying capacity, and decrease of inflammation. When used in conjunction with traditional chiropractic, laser can reduce pain and healing time, and promote a deeper, more complete healing to the area of concern.

How long will laser take?2022-12-30T00:05:45-05:00

Sessions typically last 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. They generally start longer and reduce in length as you heal. Most acute conditions require only 10 – 12 treatment sessions. If you have a chronic condition, you may need 12 – 20 treatments and one or two follow-up sessions every month. The amount and frequency of treatments are determined through assessment of your condition combined with Dr. Chiungos’s experience treating patients with laser. You will likely start to feel better after your first 5 sessions.

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