Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that originates in the protective lining that covers most of the internal organs within the human body. Typically, mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral that was commonly used in insulation in homes and other structures. Mesothelioma can cause extreme pain in those who suffer from it, especially those undergoing traditional cancer treatments such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Oncology has become a much more integrative medicine in recent years, with many physicians advising patients to seek out complementary forms of alternative medicine in addition to the traditional treatments they receive. Many oncologists recommend that people with mesothelioma seek out the services of a chiropractor to assist in their pain management. Chiropractic medicine is a popular complementary treatment option for people with mesothelioma, as it can be highly effective in helping to alleviate pain and increase appetite.
To understand how chiropractic care can benefit you, it is important to understand how this medical specialty works. Chiropractors don’t just focus on the spine; they also focus on the nervous system. Your nervous system is directly linked to every part of your body, and is responsible for sending messages from the brain to your muscles, tendons and ligaments. In turn, your nervous system also carries messages back to the brain, such as hunger and pain.
A chiropractor will gently, safely and noninvasively manipulate your vertebrae to release any stress or tension placed on the nerves housed within your spinal column. As the stress on your nerves is relieved, your entire nervous system is able to better function. This can cause the chronic pain you feel to be reduced and more bearable.
Mesothelioma is also often associated with muscle and bone weakness. A chiropractor can assist you in finding treatments to help deal with these side effects in addition to spinal adjustments. They may recommend certain low-impact exercises, massage therapy or physical therapy.
The nerves in the thoracic and lumbar regions of your spine are directly linked to your digestive system, as are many other branches of nerves. If you are suffering from extreme nausea or reduced appetite as a result of your cancer treatments, a chiropractor can stimulate these nerves in your spine to attempt to help your digestive system function better. Many cancer patients have found that chiropractic care helped them regain at least part of their appetite back.
It is important to note that chiropractic medicine does not offer anything resembling a cure for mesothelioma, or any other form of cancer for that matter. Chiropractic care is only meant to be used as a supplemental treatment in addition to more standard treatment options. Before setting up your first appointment with a chiropractor, be sure to consult with your oncologist and general physician to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo chiropractic care.
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