Relieve Your Lyme Symptoms with Chiropractic Care
Have you just recently been diagnosed with Lyme disease, you are probably looking into a wide variety of treatments such as intravenous antibiotic therapies and herbal protocols. While these treatments will eventually nip your disease in the bud, they may not always alleviate your symptoms. While you are going through treatment, you may want to try an adjunct therapy, like chiropractic care.
They Addresses Your Main Symptoms
Common symptoms of Lyme disease include a stick neck, headaches, achy and cracking joints, and muscle aches. And according to ACA.org, while doctors of chiropractic care can address many issues, their main expertise is dealing with neck pain, headaches, and back pain. Some sufferers of Lyme develop neurological issues if their disease wasn't caught early on; and, since chiropractic adjustments can affect the nervous system, your neurological issues could be relieved.
Dr. Elizabeth Hesse-Sheehan says that chiropractic work is important because if you don't fix structural problems—or subluxations—the intensity of your symptoms could grow over time.
They Can Help You Become Less Sedentary
Because fatigue is one of the main symptoms of Lyme disease, you may spend a lot of time resting by either sitting or lying down. You'll find that you may get into a Catch-22 situation where you'll need to rest to relieve symptoms of fatigue, but because you are less active, your joints and muscle aches may become worse. Once a chiropractor adjusts you, your aches may lessen and you may be more inclined to be active.
If your fatigue is too great, the chiropractor may assign you some stretching and strengthening exercises that you can do while sitting or lying. The relief you feel from your adjustments will last longer if you do these kinds of stretches and practice good posture.
They Can Use Different Techniques Depending on Your Needs
Besides adjustments for subluxations, some chiropractors are trained in techniques like trigger point therapy (a deep tissue massage technique) or acupuncture. These kinds of therapies can be a little more intense, but they can relieve your muscle aches by working out knots and increasing chi, or the energy flow of neural pathways in the body.
They Can Help You Avoid Pain Killers
While over-the-counter pain relievers can certainly alleviate your symptoms, you may be disinclined to add more medication since your treatment(s) for Lyme is probably chock-full with antibiotics. And since these antibiotics may be wiping out the good bacteria in your gut, over-the-counter pain medication may just give you an upset stomach. But with chiropractic care, you may be able to relieve the pain naturally.
Chiropractic care may be worth looking into if you have Lyme disease.