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Pain Treatment

Blog articles examining various types of pain and how chiropractic treatment may be able to help.

Benefit Chiropractic, Langley BC, offers wide range of chiropractic treatment options for most types of pain, including neck, head and back.

July 25th, 2020


When you suffer from achy joints, arthritis, or muscle pain, every motion or step you give you a jolt of pain or annoying discomfort. All you want is relief, and you want it in a hurry. That's why topical skin gels may be the answer you're looking for. 

Topical gels are absorbed through your skin. Wherever you are hurting is where you want to direct the pain relieving gel. Because these are absorbed right into your skin, they do best when rubbed over joint areas, which are close to the skin's surface. 

One of the gels used for pain relief is Biofreeze. Developed by a medical professional, Biofreeze is safe, quick, and effective. The active ingredient in Biofreeze is cooling menthol, which helps effectively to reduce the effects of muscle and joint strain and pain. 

Biofreeze can be used on many different areas for quick pain relief. Try it on knee, hip, or elbow joint pain, sore muscles, and easing any pains you have in your neck, shoulders, or back. 

Another pain relieving gel to try is called Cryoderm. This also provides a cooling treatment to any swollen muscles, or those that are contracted. If you have a lot of tightness or stiffness in muscles that feel as if they cannot be stretched out, then Cryoderm may help significantly. 

Cryoderm also contains Arnica, which is helpful in reducing swelling, edema, bruising, and contusions. 

If you have a diagnosis of muscle sprains or arthritis, these topical pain relievers may be just what you're looking for. Best of all, they are natural and safe to use when applied as directed by the instructions provided. 

There's always a safe solution to your muscle aches and pains. Try something with some cooling relief, that will have you feeling like your old self in no time. 

July 25th, 2020


Anyone who has worn a backpack knows that they can become quite heavy – and uncomfortable. Especially when filled with school supplies, books, and more – the total weight of a filled backpack adds up quickly. Recently, researchers have been looking into the harm that carrying around a backpack all day can do to someone’s back health.

How Backpacks Can Be Bad for Back Health

A heavy backpack pulls downwards on the bones, ligaments, and muscles – creating stress in places the back was not meant to carry weight. The additional weight can also contribute to misalignments of the spine, leading to aches and pains in the neck, back, and shoulder – as well as other negative side effects such as fatigue and headaches.

How to Properly Use a Backpack

Ensuring proper use of a backpack will be the most efficient way of keeping the back pain free, especially for a student who carries books and heavy items around frequently.

For best results:

  • Fit the backpack snugly over both shoulders;
  • Make sure the backpack does not hang low on the back; and
  • Limit the amount of weight in the bag (a backpack should not weigh more than 10 percent of the bodyweight of the person carrying it).

How to Deal with Back Pain Resulting from Incorrect Backpack Use

If you believe your back pain is caused by incorrect backpack use, first you should use the above notes to fix the way you are using your bag. A qualified chiropractor can help you work through any current back issues you are having from incorrectly using a backpack.

July 24th, 2020

Smoking Slows Down Back Pain Healing

Did you know that smoker heal more slowly then non-smokers when they have an episode of back pain?  

This is because the chemicals in tobacco smoke restrict the flow of blood to the tissues in and around your spine!

- American Chiropractic Association

For more information on how chiropractic care can help with your back pain please call Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic in Langley, BC at 604-534-7451.

July 24th, 2020

Here is an interesting article from Rob Williams, a Kinesologist who works in the Vancouver area and is a regular contributor to the Vancouver Province, titled - You Can Prevent Lower Back Pain.  

In the article he notes the importance of spinal alignment and flexibility to reduce stresses on the back when doing activiites.

He also suggests that when your back is injured or inflammed that going to see a chiropractor can help speed the healing and also prevent lower back pain in the future.

If you are interested in learning more on how chiropractic care can help prevent your lower back pain please call Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic in Langley at 604-534-7451.  

July 24th, 2020

Stopping Chronic Pain and Inflammation via Food/Diet

 Can the Foods You Eat Make a Difference in Chronic Pain?

You may be familiar with the anti-inflammatory medications, but have you heard of anti-inflammatory foods? The foods you eat really do have an affect on how you feel.

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is defined as a localized reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection. Symptoms of inflammation include pain, swelling, red coloration to the area, and sometimes loss of movement or function. We commonly think of inflammation as the
painful component of arthritis. Inflammation is also a component of chronic diseases such as heart disease and strokes.

Medical Anti-Inflammatory Treatments

Common anti-inflammatory treatments include rest, light exercise, weight maintenance, stretching, and medications designed to reduce the inflammation and control the pain. These medications include Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), steroid
medications, and perhaps ultimately joint replacement surgery. The NSAIDs are widely used as the initial form of therapy.For the most part NSAIDs are tolerated fairly well, although they can irritate the stomach and lead to ulcers. In some instances, long term use can lead to kidney problems 

Choose Anti-inflammatory Foods


Adding foods that reduce inflammation will improve how you feel and help to decrease your risk for chronic diseases. Here are some suggestions.

1. Get Friendly With Fish: Eat cold water fish at least twice a week (mackerel, salmon, trout, sardines, and tuna).
2. Choose Fats Wisely: Replace trans fats with those high in omega-3s (extra-virgin olive oil, canola oil, and flaxseed or flaxseed oil).
3. Embrace Your Inner Herbivore: Load your plate with fruits and vegetables--the more colorful the better (blueberries, peppers, and spinach have the most anti-inflammatory compounds).
4. Cut Back on White Foods: Give dairy, sugar, and refined grains a smaller spot on your plate.
5. Take Supplements: If you want to take just one supplement every day, make it fish oil (also ginger and turmeric).
6. Drink Fluids: Plenty of water, fresh 100% fruit and vegetable juices, herbal teas and green tea.

I've had patients make these dietary changes and have felt a significant difference in their chronic pain levels within 2-4 weeks after making the swtich, which in return lessed the dependance on long term use of NSAID's! For more information contact the office to make an appointment. 

- Dr. Andrew Erjavec

For more information about how chiropractic care can help you please call Benefit Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic in Langley at 604-534-7451.