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Understanding Opioids: The Problem and Making a Plan

By Genevieve Cunningham

In the world of excessive pain that we live in, it seems as though finding relief is a way of life. And for most people, this means turning to some sort of pill. Whether it’s a simple over-the-counter option or a much stronger prescription pill, swallowing your relief often seems like the best choice. But is it really? Or does our tendency to jump straight to pills actually contribute to the growing problem with opioids? If you’re suffering from ongoing pain, take a look at the real problem with opioids, followed by some other options for getting and keeping relief.

Why is Opioid Use a Problem?

Though pain pills have a time and place, they often cause more problems than they solve. Once a person begins taking prescription pain relief, their body often becomes dependent. They develop a tolerance, which means higher doses are necessary to find relief, and this can lead to eventual addiction. It has also been proven that long-term use of prescription pain pills may actually lead to ineffectiveness. Though the pain leaves initially, it comes back when the time limit for effectiveness runs out. And over time, that relief is felt less and less. But perhaps one of the biggest problems with pain pills is that it does not address the actual problem. It masks the symptom -- which is pain -- but it does little to attack the problem at the source, which means long-term relief may be incredibly difficult or even impossible to find.

What are the Alternatives?

So if pain pills aren’t the best option, what can we do instead? Research has shown that a combination of regular exercise and chiropractic care may be the most effective option for dealing with long-term pain. This combination takes a more natural approach. It encourages movement and activity. It gives you a regular routine to take part in, which gives you more control over your own health. This natural and effective plan is a great place to begin for finding the relief you need.

Why is Chiropractic Care a Better Choice?

While it might be easy to see why exercise is a good choice for pain relief -- more movement and a stronger body -- why is chiropractic care effective? Chiropractors attack pain at the source, and it doesn’t get any better than that for finding relief. They may be able to use gentle manipulation to remove restrictions from the vertebrae of the spine, which are often areas that lead to excessive pain. Combined with the movement and stability that exercise provides, chiropractic care enhances health and heals the body from the inside out.

If you think that chiropractic care would be a better pain management option in your life, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get quality care without the hassle. If you want to be a part of the solution, give chiropractic care a try. Get a little relief, a boost in health, and move your life in a healthier direction beginning with a quick trip to The Joint as soon as today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Phoenix, Ariz.

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