After almost three years of back pain, thinking that more exercise and stretching would relieve the pain, I finally decided to get some medical help. Among the myriad of possibilities that I could have chosen I decided Noble Chiropractic would be the best option. I really appreciate Dr. Noble’s holistic approach, not just treating the symptoms. After only two months I am sleeping better, feeling stronger and living a much better physical life than before.
– Hunter, Bellingham, WA
Our Chiropractic Approach to Treating Pain
Unlike most chiropractors, Dr. Noble’s practice relies primarily on a technique known as Torque Release, a unique and innovative method of chiropractic treatment that addresses the central causes of pain from spinal injury. This technique involves gently stimulating and adjusting the parts of the nervous system affected by the spinal injury, which contribute to pain not just in the location of the injury but potentially in many other areas of the body as well. This stimulation helps the body re-adjust to a normal, more balanced flow of electricity, healing your injury in a sustainable, long-term way and usually affecting many sources of pain downstream in the process.
You can read more about this technique on the Torque Release Technique page.
What Causes Pain?
The human body is a sophisticated organism, and pain is often more complicated than we think. Our nervous system uses a complex network of electrical impulses to transmit messages from one location to another, handling everything from routine processes you don’t even think about (like digestion or breathing) to fine motor control. This is how the brain is alerted to pain in certain areas of the body, and it’s also how our brain and spine communicate with the rest of the body.
The nervous system uses the spine as a central conduit for these electrical messages, which tell our muscles and organs what to do. These messages cover a variety of functions, including regulating the flow of blood and nutrients to our muscles. Because of this, any disruption in its normal communication process can have significant effects on your physical health.
This is the reason that spinal injuries can cause pain in many parts of the body. While you may notice one particular area hurting, the main injury may actually lie elsewhere. Usually, that injury is disrupting the natural lines of communication between your spine and other places in your body, cutting off the flow of information your muscles need to operate correctly.
Pain & The Nervous System
Physical injury to the spine has two major effects: it can cause pain stemming from the damage to tissue immediately surrounding the source of the injury (such as a misaligned disk), and it can damage sensitive nervous tissue in the area as well, cutting off the flow of message-carrying electricity from the spine to other parts of the body.
Without the proper information from the central nervous system, muscles naturally contract, and this causes tightness, pain, and soreness, even in places that aren’t injured. This is why so many people with a back injury experience chronic pain elsewhere, sometimes in addition to their main source of pain.