Pain Pills and the Need for Alternative Methods of Treatment

Part of what makes chiropractic care unique is that it addresses the issue of pain without using invasive measures or medications. The issues with chronic medication use are many, and as we will discuss here, finding other means of treating pain is essential to preventing harmful side effects and additional damage.

Dependency

The issue of narcotic dependency is widely recognized as a true problem for individuals with chronic pain. Drugs simply mask the pain instead of treating the root cause and eliminating the issue altogether. Over time, the body adjusts and builds up a tolerance to the medication, so dosages must be upped.  In addition, there is potential for addiction and abuse – both intentionally and unintentionally.

Effects on the Body

Aside from dependency and addiction, chronic narcotic use can impact the body in other ways as well. It can alter hormone levels and production, causing a myriad of effects including lack of energy and poor focus. Sleeping problems, listlessness, and chronic exhaustion can also occur over time.                                                 

Alternatives

Because many pain pills are fairly simple to access and pay for, some doctors use them as a first run option. Instead though, alternative therapies like chiropractic present real hope for relief and long term wellness. Again, pain pills serve a purpose, but they only cover over the underlying issue. Back pain – one of the most common causes of disability, and prevalent workplace injury complaint – spurs millions of people to seek out medication, and rightfully so, because it can be debilitating and it affects everything you do. But the root cause is never addressed. Chiropractic care presents a very different option to pain medication, because chiropractors work to isolate the subluxation or misalignment and correct it through adjustment.  This relieves excessive pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, and allows the body to function as it should over time– pain free.

 

*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*

Story Credit: The Problem With Pain Pills By Tara Parker-Pope