Chances are that by now you've heard of CBD, or Cannabidiol, and the benefits being touted by individuals, news sources, and health experts. But what exactly is CBD and how can it help with chronic pain? The truth is that CBD can be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to treat chronic pain resulting from many conditions and that your chiropractor in North Palm Beach, Florida can help determine if it's right for you.
What Is CBD?
CBD, or its official name Cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant. It makes up nearly half of the plant and can be extracted as its own isolate that is then integrated into a wide variety of products for many different uses. Today there are countless CBD products on the market, ranging from capsules, to gummies, lotions, bottles of pure CBD oil, and even CBD infused coffee. There is CBD chocolate, and CBD bath bombs, and the substance has been incorporated into dog and cat treats as a way to help pets with various conditions, too.
Don't let the phrase "cannabis plant" scare you. While the plant commonly known as marijuana is the source of CBD, CBD is entirely legal and you don't need a prescription to purchase the product. It is recommended that you purchase your CBD products through a reputable source, such as a doctor. There are so many products out there that you want to be sure you're getting what's being advertised, and that the product you purchase will help accomplish your goal. As with any other product you would purchase, do your research and talk to the experts before you spend any money.
Will CBD Get Me High?
For those of you who are concerned about the connection CBD has to the marijuana plant, don't worry, CBD will not get you high. The compound in marijuana that gets users high is THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is not present in CBD. CBD oil is extracted from the plant carefully and intentionally to remain THC-free and ensure that it will not get consumers high. You will not encounter any mood or mind altering affects from the use of CBD, though it has been linked to decreased levels of stress and an increased sense of relaxation in those who use it.
How Does CBD Complement Traditional Chiropractic Care?
In recent years, much research has been done surrounding CBD and it's potential benefits and uses for all sorts of conditions. For stress and anxiety reduction, treatment for epilepsy, and more, scientists and doctors are finding more and more ways that CBD can benefit patients everywhere. There are several chiropractic conditions that CBD may help treat, especially those that are associated with long-term, chronic pain.
The US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health published a study that documented proven benefits of CBD for chronic pain relief in individuals suffering from arthritis. The study showed that this was accomplished through decreasing inflammation in patients' joints as well as acting to protect the nerves. Arthritis is a degenerative condition so this element of protection is particularly important, especially as patients suffer from increased and continued pain over time as a result of the progression of their condition.
When added to traditional elements of chiropractic care for arthritis, such as joint manipulation, massage therapy, chiropractic adjustment, and ESTIM, CBD can add an additional layer of support to those who suffer.
Migraines are a prevalent condition, affecting 39 million individuals in the United States alone. It's said that up to 1 in 20 adults suffer from a headache every, or nearly every, day. Migraines can be debilitating for those who suffer, interfering with work schedules, cutting into time spent with family and friends, and making the quality of life for patients deteriorate. Many people find that no matter what they try, their migraines simply won't go away.
Luckily, if you suffer from migraines you don't have to live in pain forever. The American Migraine Foundation published an article stating that CBD may help reduce nausea and vomiting, common symptoms in those who suffer from migraines. It can also help reduce the soreness migraines cause in patients' heads and neck.
Since headaches are the third most common reason that individuals in America seek chiropractic care, adding CBD to your treatment plan may be a good option. In addition to spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustment, CBD may help reduce the pain commonly associated with migraine headaches.
Sciatica is a nerve condition that causes pain and numbness in those who struggle with the diagnosis. Sciatic nerve pain can cause extreme discomfort in patients, as the sciatic nerve itself is quite large. It is located in the lumbar section of the back and is actually the point where five different, smaller nerves join together. The nerve doesn't just affect the back, but reaches all the way through the buttocks, down the legs, eventually ending in the toes. Those who suffer sciatic nerve pain can experience great pain throughout their lower extremities that make participating in every day activities extremely difficult.
CBD has been shown to help patients who suffer with chronic pain as a result of Sciatica. Those who suffer from the condition know that the pain can be extremely intense, and it may be difficult to imagine that an all-natural, over-the-counter product could help bring relief. However, as many drugs that are used to treat sciatica often focus on reducing inflammation, an effect also shown that CBD can achieve, this compound may be helpful.
When added as a component in comprehensive chiropractic care, CBD may be beneficial to those experiencing chronic pain associated with Sciatica. CBD may be added to a chiropractic treatment plan consisting of physical therapy, massage therapy, cryotherapy, electric stimulation, and ultrasound therapy to address the underlying causes of Sciatica.
Fibromyalgia is a serious diagnosis that affects patients on a large scale. The condition is associated with widespread pain throughout the entire musculoskeletal system, in the body's soft tissues. This means the condition affects muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As it is a condition that affects an entire bodily system, the pain can be difficult to treat. There is no localized, specific area to focus on.
There have been proven benefits for some individuals struggling with the condition as a result of taking CBD supplements. It has been found to help alleviate or lessen the severity of pain in patients, and can help improve sleep in those who are kept awake at night from the pain they suffer as a result of the diagnosis.
Chiropractic care for fibromyalgia focuses on managing the chronic pain patients experience, providing a better quality of life for those who are treated. CBD may be incorporated into a treatment plan that includes special stretches, chiropractic adjustment and manipulation, massage therapy, and more.
General Back and Neck Pain
In addition to the specialized conditions that CBD has been shown to benefit when combined with traditional chiropractic care, those who suffer from general back and neck pain but do not have an official medical diagnosis may see relief from symptoms after using CBD as well. Many people seek chiropractic care for generalized pain resulting from everyday activities, such as sleeping in uncomfortable positions, pain resulting from staying seated all day at work, or pain associated with previous injuries such as a car accident. CBD can benefit this sort of pain too.
CBD has been shown to help alleviate pain in those who struggle with the every day chiropractic aches and pains that come with life. It can help reduce inflammation and it may even affect how people actually perceive their pain, leading to a better mental state. It can help those who toss and turn through the night, unable to find a comfortable position as they struggle with back pain, to address their insomnia.
If you're wondering if CBD may be a good option to add to your regular chiropractic care routine, ask your doctor today.
Effects of CBD in the Body
CBD plays a role in the body that can help many chiropractic conditions and treatment plans. There are many general benefits, not just for those who struggle with serious conditions or who need chiropractic care. Additional benefits of CBD have been shown to include:
- Reducing anxiety
- Decreased levels of stress
- Improved mood
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved sleep patterns
- Reducing muscle spasms
- The treatment of epilepsy, through FDA approved medications
- Help with smoking cessation
- Combat symptoms associated with undergoing chemotherapy
- And more
Determining If CBD Is Right for You
As with any medication or supplement that you are considering adding to your routine, discuss taking CBD with your doctor or chiropractor beforehand. There are many different CBD products on the market, and there are many different doses. Different doses are used to treat different conditions, and your chiropractor will know what dose to start you at, and develop a plan for continued use and treatment.
Not only will your chiropractor help determine if CBD will be a beneficial addition to your treatment plan, but at ChiroCare of Florida North Palm Beach, we offer CBD products that we stand behind and have seen our patients benefit from.
Here at ChiroCare of Florida we develop the most customized treatment plans to address our patients' pain. Treatment plans may include a wide variety of therapies, and we continue to monitor, consult, and adjust treatment plans as patients progress through therapy and their needs change.
We understand that there is no one size fits all approach to treating chiropractic pain, and each treatment plan is as unique as each patient who walks through our doors. Most importantly, we're here for you each step of the way. We are always just a call away, for any questions or concerns you may have throughout the course of your treatment.
If you're interested in discussing the benefits of CBD oil, and seeing how it can benefit your chronic pain, contact us today. We have chiropractic experts available to answer your questions and schedule a consultation.