Chiropractic Over Opioids: Why We Need Pain Relief Alternatives
Far too often, we’re prescribed highly addictive painkillers as the first method of treatment for a variety of aches and pains.
Not only does this increase your risk of developing a potentially fatal addiction but it may also mask the true severity of the problem. This may lead to your treatment being delayed and overexertion in the area, which worsens the problem and could potentially cause long-lasting damage.
Things need to change.
We need to look toward pain relief alternatives, like chiropractic care, as the first port of call.
Why Are Pain Relief Alternatives Essential?
Sadly, we’re witnessing a growing opioid epidemic.
Over the last 20 years, inadequate management of pain coupled with people overusing or abusing prescription opioids has led to an alarming increase in opioid-related deaths. In fact, according to the latest statistics, there are over 100 deaths every day in the U.S. which are caused by opioid use.
Help for those who are still experiencing pain despite using opioids or who have developed an opioid addiction lies in the form of natural pain relief. And it’s also becoming increasingly important to turn to these methods at the start of a treatment plan, rather than after harmful medications have tried and failed to cure the pain.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
As an age-old technique, chiropractic has grown in popularity and reverence over the years. A drug-free, natural, safe, and effective way to tackle various illnesses and injuries, as well as overall wellbeing, it’s used for everything from whiplash to sciatica.
Furthermore, with growing evidence highlighting just how effective it is, it’s no surprise that health experts such as the American College of Physicians (ACP) are changing their guidelines to include chiropractic as an important initial treatment for those with acute and chronic pain in the lower back.
For example, one recent study found that spinal manipulation, a popular chiropractic technique, was more effective than at least one type of pain medication that was normally prescribed.
Ultimately, the treatment that’s recommended for you will depend on your pain, symptoms, and condition/injury. But it’s clear that looking toward pain relief alternatives is essential, particularly when considering your long-term health.
As the director of the Florida Chiropractic Association and one of the founding members of the Opioid Task Force in Florida, no one is better able to offer the natural pain relief of chiropractic than our very own Dr. Zamikoff. To book a consultation with him, call us at 941-761-4994 today.
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