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Posted on 12-12-2017
Chiropractic Vs. Pain Killers
Did you know that the current #1 cause of death for Americans under age 50 is due to opioid overdose? Just reading that gives me chills. How could we, as a nation, let this issue get so out of control? Why, when there are so many other options out there, are we still relying so heavily on prescriptions and over the counter pain relievers that only serve to mask the symptoms and not solve the issue at stake?
As a Chiropractor, it is my duty to provide and educate my patients and the public of the benefits of Chiropractic care and all the health benefits this profession provides as a non-invasive, non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical aspect of healthcare. This is something that all healthcare providers should adapt in practice, beginning with recommending non-invasive, conservative care first and foremost before any pharmaceutical or surgical intervention is made and allowing those to be very last resorts when all else fails or it is an emergency.
That being said, I will highlight the various pros and cons of Chiropractic care vs. Oral Pain Relievers and let you decide which is more effective.
Prescription or over the counter pain killers mask the issue and never really solve the problem. Our bodies tell us we are in pain for a reason. Numbing this signal is only making matters worse and in some cases more dangerous.
Prescription or over the counter pain killers typically have a slew of side effects that involve harming the internal organs, interacting with other drugs, and addiction.
No medication is safe long-term! The risk of negative side-effects is higher for children, the elderly and pregnant women.
-Adjustments to restore proper alignment to the spine and extremities, which allows for the brain and spinal cord to communicate with the entire body to allow for proper functioning of all organs, tissues, and systems and receive proper feedback from all of these components. Inhibition of this feedback loop is what leads to disease.
-Nutritional education to learn how to properly feed your body what it needs to function normally, which typically includes utilizing food and supplementation specific to individual needs.
-Massage and manual therapies to relax tight and tense musculature
-Rehabilitation & Exercise to focus on strengthening and stabilizing areas of the body that are weaker or inhibited in order for body mechanics to function more uniformly and decrease risk of injury.
-Acupuncture that helps to reduce pain and inflammation in the body an accelerates the healing process when used in conjunction with Chiropractic care.
-Laser Therapy that accelerates tissue healing, cellular repair and growth of normal, healthy tissue.
Here’s a picture for those who enjoy visuals:
Prescriptions or over the counters only mask the problem, leading to a continuation of their use for months and even years.
Still not convinced? Take a look at these statistics:
For a last and final take home note. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to health. If you are unaware of something going on with your body and turning a cheek to the symptoms involved, you should be worried! Everyone is responsible for his/her own health. It is our responsibility to do research to the best of our ability before fully placing our health in the hands of another.
Yours in Health,
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Great blog Dr. Claire! What a sad statistic and immense problem we have as a nation. Grateful for you who helps educate us all!!