I’ve been practicing Chiropractic for well over 20 years now and the power of the adjustment never ceases to amaze me. Whether it is debilitating fibromyalgia or a childhood ear infection, the healing power that is released after nerve interference is cleared is incredible. The affect of chiropractic on pain is widely known and well documented, but what a lot of people have not come to realize is the effectiveness of essential oils in the treatment of pain as well. The combination of the chiropractic adjustment and essential oils is truly a double wammy against pain from over-use injuries, sports injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia, painful menstruation, illness and much more.
Many of my patients who come in for wellness care and aren’t suffering from any specific pain will still request the use of essential oils with their adjustment for stress relief, immune boost or increased energy. It has brought the spinal adjustment to a whole new level of awesome.
THE BASICS OF CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct misalignments in the spine that create structural imbalance, wear and tear on spinal tissue and irritation to vital nerves that carry information to and from your brain to the rest of your body. The adjustment safely restores proper biomechanical and neural function helping your body to heal naturally. Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs or surgery. A chiropractic spinal adjustment-the application of a precise and gentle force to a specific part of the spinal segment-corrects the misalignment, permitting normal nerve transmission and assisting your body to recuperate and express optimal health on its own. That is why chiropractic is not just for back pain. It enhances every function of the body from breathing to digestion and everything in between.
HOW ESSENTIAL OILS CAN HELP EASE PAIN
The distinction I want to make first is that it is the chiropractic adjustment that corrects the cause of the pain. Not the essential oils. The essential oils simply enhance the healing of tissue and help to ease the symptoms while the body heals. Oils without the adjustment is like putting a band-aid on an aneurysm. No good. I’m not underestimating the healing ability of essential oils, but they do not correct the cause.
According to the Arthritis Foundation’s official website, Dr. Mehmet Oz said,
“Aromatherapy is effective because it works directly on the amygdala, the brain’s emotional center.”
Not only do they take a direct route to the brain which can inhibit pain and decrease anxiety, many oils have anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmotic and calming properties, all of which aid in the relief of pain. For instance, chamomile, marjoram and lavender are highly effective for inflammation. Thyme and eucalyptus both have anti spasmotic properties that make them useful for monthly cramps, muscle cramping and pain. Wintergeen is not a widely used essential oil but studies have demonstrated that wintergreen has powerful cortisone-like effects which can offer immediate relief.
One of the most promising studies published in 2005 found a pain blend made with eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, rosemary and peppermint “significantly decreased both the pain score and the depression score of the experimental pain group compared with the control group.”
One of the most frequently requested blends with an adjustment is my “Breathe Well” blend for congestion, sinus pressure and headaches. The oils in my breathe blend are anti-inflammatory, opening up the sinus passages, anti-histiminic, which reduces the histamine response associated with allergies and the common cold and it has antibiotic and anti-fungal oils to reduce and prevent infection. It doesn’t get much more therapeutic than that!
ONE WORD OF CAUTION…
It’s easy to see how the addition of essential oils to the chiropractic adjustment makes for an extremely pleasant, relaxing and highly pain-relieving experience. I caution, however that essential oils are most effective and used most safely while under the guidance of an alternative healthcare practitioner who is also certified in the practice of aromatherapy ( essential oil therapy) There are precautions to take with pregnancy, children and for people on certain medications. In addition, many oils work best when used in synergy and only a certified professional knows how to blend for optimal results.
For more information on chiropractic care, the therapeutic use of essential oils, or to make an appointment, please call 704-577-7458. I offer Essential Oil Consultations to go over your personal health history and specific needs in order to provide the most safe & effective experience for you.