Chiropractic Care for Mesothelioma Patients
Chiropractic care is a complementary and alternative medicine that treats the musculoskeletal system through physical manipulation. Drugs and surgery are not used. People with various complaints turn to chiropractors for relief, most often from back or neck pain. Many patients can benefit from chiropractic adjustments, including mesothelioma patients. While chiropractic care cannot be a stand-alone treatment for cancer, it can provide relief from symptoms, leading to better quality of life.
What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractors have special training in examining, diagnosing, and treating patients for complaints related to the musculoskeletal system. These health care professionals advocate for the treatment of symptoms without surgery or drugs. Instead, chiropractors use physical manipulation of the body. The most common treatment chiropractors perform is spinal manipulation. This involves applying controlled forces to realign the spine, reducing pain and increasing mobility.
What Chiropractic Treats
Chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal system. However, this does not limit their scope of treatment. Manipulation of joints, bones, and muscles, can have far-reaching effects on the body. Some common things chiropractic practitioners treat include lower back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Chiropractors also treat digestion issues, pain associated with pregnancy, and high blood pressure.
Benefits for Mesothelioma Patients
Most cancer patients, experience uncomfortable symptoms and side effects. Some are caused by the cancer. Others are a result of treatments. Pain, stress, tension, impaired mobility, and headaches are all possible consequences of living with mesothelioma. Symptoms range from mild to intense. There are several ways chiropractic care can bring patients relief, improving life quality. These include:
- Reduce pain. Chiropractic care provides effective pain relief. Mesothelioma patients may experience various types of pain. While chiropractic adjustments may not treat them all, they can be used to target pain associated with the back, neck, and headaches.
- Improve mobility. For someone in pain, mobility can be an issue. If moving causes or worsens pain, a patient can experience limited mobility. Chiropractic care can reduce pain, thereby helping cancer patients regain mobility and continue with daily activities.
- Battle nausea and indigestion. Chiropractic care affects the nervous system, in turn, impacting the digestive tract. Quality chiropractic care can help fight side effects of chemotherapy like nausea, reduced appetite, and indigestion.
- Improve nutrition. Chiropractors receive training, making them qualified to counsel patients on healthy lifestyle habits, including nutrition. Since mesothelioma patients may struggle with nutrition, regular chiropractic visit may help keep them on track.
- Fight stress and anxiety. Chiropractic adjustments can help reduce tension in the neck and spine. Reduced tension can help individuals relax, reducing stress and anxiety that often comes with a cancer diagnosis.
- Fewer pain medications. One study of chiropractic care for cancer patients found pain reduction was significant to reduce use of narcotic painkillers. Painkillers cause their own side effects. Since narcotics are addictive, reducing their use is beneficial.
- Improve quality of life. For many mesothelioma patients, pain becomes a way of life. Studies have shown chiropractic care raised the overall quality of life in real cancer patients.
Chiropractors often work with licensed massage therapists. Sometimes they may actually work in the same office as a professional partnership. Chiropractic care and massage therapy compliment each other well. While chiropractors manipulate joints and bones, massage therapists manipulate muscles. Therapeutic massage has similar benefits to chiropractic care, and not just for cancer patients.
Research shows specialized massage for cancer patients can improve the quality of life in several ways. Massage reduces pain, relieves anxiety and stress, improves sleep quality, fights fatigue, improves digestion, reduces nausea, and may improve immune system function. Together with chiropractic care, therapeutic massage can be a great tool for mesothelioma patients.
Paying for Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic medicine is considered a legitimate form of health care and is often covered by health insurance. If you have health insurance, check to see chiropractic care is included. You may need a referral from your primary doctor to ensure coverage, since a doctor recommendation implies medical necessity.
Chiropractic care has many benefits for mesothelioma patients. First, be sure to discuss chiropractic care with your primary care doctor and oncologist. They can recommend a professional with experience working with cancer patients. Chiropractic care should never be a substitute for medical treatment. However, as a complement to conventional treatment, it can make a huge impact on quality of life.
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