Many people still have a one dimensional view of pain and available treatment options.
Chronic pain can be due to things like an accident or arthritis, or be a result of neurotransmitter function or severe nutritional deficiency.
Despite the range of causes of chronic pain it is traditionally treated with either pain medication, chiropractic adjustments or surgery.
The source of your nerve pain should be thoroughly investigated - often, great improvements can be made with a few lifestyle changes.
Your nerves have a part to play in relaying pain signals - but there is a much bigger picture.
Just look at the experience of 'phantom pain' - the excruciating pain felt by amputees that seems to come from a limb that is not there anymore.
Neurotransmitter function, inflammation levels and infections can make the difference between pain-free and debilitation.
A Case Study Of Nerve Pain
Michael* was a pretty typical chronic pain patient. He suffered from chronic low back pain and nerve pain that radiated down his legs and arms.
It started as a result from an accident a decade earlier.
He could not play outside with his daughter and stairs were very difficult.
He could only take short walks, and his evenings were spent with either a hot water bottle at his back or in a hot bath.
Despite nerve medications for neuropathy, injections, sleeping medications for pain-induced insomnia, xanax for pain-induced anxiety, antidepressants, and multiple surgeries - his pain levels had remained unchanged since his accident.
Functional Chiropractic Examination
During our hour long new patient appointment I took a complete patient history and performed a physical examination.
It was apparent during the physical examination that there was still significant inflammation from a right rotator cuff surgery as well as at the site of the car accident.
This inflammation is an indicator that the tissues were not fully healed.
Using the TTAPS technique I was able to reduce his pain and increase his mobility significantly during the first appointment.
Further testing was needed to see how his body was functioning at a deep level.
Nutritional Deficiencies Can Cause Pain
The relationship between nutritional deficiencies and chronic pain (and chronic illness) is a significant one.
For instance, vitamin D deficiency is known to have a correlation with chronic pain, as well as diabetes, heart disease and depression. 
More broadly, a plant based, inflammation lowering diet is known to reduce chronic pain. 
Severe deficiencies and a poor diet can impair the way your body functions on a fundamental level - affecting daily detoxification, metabolic function, and overall energy and mood.
Balance is key, and often we need to start out at a low dose and slowly increase dosage.
Our example patient, Michael, had a typical American diet and, unsurprisingly, many nutritional deficiencies.
He had severe magnesium, folate and B6 deficiencies. Magnesium is is key for muscle and nervous system relaxation.
High amounts of sugar and processed food kept his inflammation levels high and contributed to his chronic pain.
Functional Chiropractic Examination
I employ a unique blend of chiropractic and TTAPS technique in my office. This treatment is great for pain management as it not only reduces pain immediately, but reduces the body's 'habit' of producing pain as a result of certain stimuli.
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I found evidence of scar tissue around Michael's right clavicle and shoulder blade. This was causing and increase in pressure on the radial nerve, which was the cause of the nerve pain down his right arm.
He had imbalanced sympathetic activity around the T1 area of the spine which contributed to the perpetual pain and anxiety from his accident.
He had a very limited range of motion in both hips and an inability to bend down using proper biomechanics.
What We Did
I helped Michael enact immediate changes to his diet. I understand that changing lifelong habits can be difficult and this section is usually done in stages.
I advised him to drastically cut down on his fast food and processed sugar intake and gave him a list of nutrient-dense foods he could incorporate into his diet.
I addressed his severe deficiencies by administering high grade supplementation. These supplements would not be taken the rest of his life - just until his nutrient levels were restored.
During his functional chiropractic appointments I administered a soft tissue treatment to reduce his pain levels.
I treated his myotactic reflexes and previous scar tissue to enable the radial nerve and rotator cuff muscles to function and move freely.
Whenever a person is injured or has undergone trauma like surgery there can be scar tissue and a neurological ‘memory’ of that incident in the body that keeps certain nerves and muscle firing in a dysfunctional way.
Utilizing a specific treatment method that incorporates non-forceful manual intervention, the ‘memory’ of that incident can be erased and the nervous system reset so that muscles can relax and move properly.
A vast majority of chronic pain can be significantly alleviated through this specific type of treatment.
After two visits we restored 90% of his range of motion to his hips, lumbar spine and shoulders.
After five visits, he was free from a majority of his nerve pain. He no longer needed his anxiety or sleep medication.
Michael was able to play with his daughter and walk upstairs normally. He no longer spent every night recovering from the day. Soon he was able to incorporate other forms of exercise.
Like many of my other patients, he noticed such a significant improvement in symptoms with his dietary changes that he maintained them permanently.
Functional Chiropractic For Nerve Pain
While I cannot guarantee complete recovery for everyone, functional chiropractic treatment is uniquely suited for nerve pain.
Once we identify the different physical and biochemical causes of chronic pain we can take steps to mitigate, and sometimes completely remove, pain symptoms.
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*Names and some details have been changed to protect privacy.
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