Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to pain relief and pain management

Opioid alternative through chiropractic adjustments and treatments

Currently, more than 2 million Americans are dependent on opioids. For many people, their addiction stems from seeking pain management for an injury or chronic condition, such as back or knee pain. The opioid crisis has become a national emergency causing overdose remedies to be sold over-the-counter for greater availability. Although some opioid abusers turn to hard drugs like heroin, many people develop dangerous addictions to prescription drugs originally provided to them by doctors they trust for treatment. However, opioids are not the only option for treatment and seeking chiropractic care provide patients with pain relief, but also aids in reducing the negative effects of the opioid epidemic on American society.

Opioids are substances that produce morphine-like effects on our bodies and are designed for pain relief. Some of the most commonly abused opioids are drugs like Fentanyl, Oxycodone, and Tramadol, all of which can be obtained via prescription from healthcare providers. While opioids are often given to people battling cancer, they are also commonly prescribed following surgeries and for people with intense or chronic pain. Opioids become most addictive when they are used for treatment/pain management over long periods of time because the effects can trick your brain into thinking the drugs are necessary for survival. Opioids are a convenient and fast remedy to pain, but only provide pain relief, rather than actual treatment of issues. Therefore, opioids should be a last resort to people experiencing pain and discomfort.

One of the first stops for someone in pain should be a Chiropractor who can assess your body from head to toe and provide pain relief through:

  • adjustments
  • massage
  • acupuncture
  • electromagnetic therapy on-the-spot.

More importantly, Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to pain relief and pain management. The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends the use of non-invasive, drug-free treatments such as Chiropractic care, first for chronic and acute lower back pain. Additionally, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) encourages patients to seek conservative care, like drug-free chiropractic, before moving on to potentially addictive remedies for pain.

Lower back pain is one of the leading causes of opioid dependency. Lower back pain is also very difficult to treat because it can be hard to identify and eliminate the cause. Thus, many doctors prescribe pain killers to provide comfort to their patients while the actual problem remains unsolved. Chiropractors, however, can actually identify the root cause of lower back pain. Often lower back pain is caused by issues in our feet, ankles, knees, or hips.

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Most chronic back pain is due to some form of musculoskeletal weakness or structural imbalance. Given that the feet are the foundation of the body, an imbalance in one or both of the feet causes problems throughout the entire kinetic chain of the body, with particular stress on the lower back. The expertise of chiropractors means they are trained to examine the feet first when a patient is complaining of back pain.

Once the cause of pain is identified, chiropractors can effectively treat us without the use of any prescriptions. Treatments for chronic pain typically include chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis, and may also include the use of custom orthotics to help maintain and elongate the effectiveness of adjustments. Unlike getting a prescription where you have to call it in, wait, and then pick it up at a separate location from your doctor’s office, you can be examined for custom orthotics in less than five minutes and have them sent directly to you or pick them up the next time you go in for an adjustment with your Chiropractor. Custom orthotics help us avoid making lifestyle adjustments that may be difficult to sustain long-term, like not standing for extended periods of time, walking/working out less, and wearing different shoes. Instead, custom orthotics slip into daily life so that we can function without pain, and prescription-free.

Custom orthotics are one potential, drug-free solution for treating chronic and/or acute pain, but seeking the expertise of a Chiropractor can provide you with multiple options for drug-free treatment. For many Americans, it is possible to diagnose and treat pain without the use of surgery and addictive drugs.