How Chiropractic Can Reduce Opioid Needs
By Genevieve Smith
While opioid medications are a luxury of the modern world, they also can wreak havoc on our health. From their addictive qualities to the pressure they put on our liver’s filtration system, reducing consumption is usually the best course. Can a chiropractic regimen help the population cut down on its opioid needs?
Why Opioids are an Issue
For chronic pain, opioids are not the answer. The chronic nature of an enduring problem can put a person on a path to long-term opioid use, which comes with a host of pressures on your health. There’s the harrowing risk of accidental overdose, but also of slower killers like breathing and heart problems, drowsiness, physical dependence, tolerance, sleep disorders, increased risk of fracture, and tooth decay, among others. While opioids do provide good pain relief, your body builds up a tolerance to the medication, and higher doses mean increased side effects.
Can Chiro Help?
At its annual meeting, the New Hampshire Chiropractic Association pointed to a handful of recent studies showing chiropractic care to be a means to cutting down on opioid prescriptions. For example, one doctor from Dartmouth has examined 33,000 cases of lower back pain from a New Hampshire database. So far, his research is finding that opioid use goes down about 56 percent when a patient brings a chiropractor into their healthcare team. Taking note of a nationwide opioid epidemic, the state of Oregon boldly decided to back chiropractic in a mission to cut down medication prescriptions. In 2016, it became the first state to offer coverage of spinal adjustments for treating lower back pain within their medical program.
How Chiropractic Gets the Job Done
Chiropractors are part of an alternative pain management plan which reduces medication needs by addressing the site of pain directly. Through manual adjustments and other means (depending on your needs) they work on areas of your skeleton to work toward alignment and pain reduction. While medications mask the pain, adjustments increase blood flow, helping your body to work on healing itself.
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