How to Naturally Turn the Volume Down on Pain
By Sandy Schroeder
We live in an accelerating world, where one new idea often spins into many more. But sometimes we can get off track, especially when we are looking for quick energy or pain solutions. Then high-energy drinks, and pain pill prescriptions may help us feel better. But not for long.
When pain tags us for a headache, neck ache or a more serious back ache, reaching for pain pills can be automatic. But when pain becomes more intense, and prescription medications get out of hand, prescription opioid addiction can flourish.
What Has Happened
The opioid prescription addiction footprint has become a familiar one in our schools, communities and neighborhoods. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, as have sales of these prescription drugs, according to the White Paper, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, 2016.
At the same time, the cost spiraled. This same report says the cost of prescription misuse to U.S. employment is about $18 billion in sick days, medical expenses and loss of productivity.
Finding Alternative Answers
The medical community has now designated chiropractic as the conservative first choice for pain instead of prescription pain medications or elective surgery. In response, a majority of Americans are now choosing chiropractic first for pain relief.
If you or someone in your family needs help with pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out how a natural, drug-free, whole person approach may help
You will find a focus on the health of the spine as a natural answer to pain. Since the central nervous system, housed in the spine, commands everything we do, your chiropractor believes it is the logical starting point for pain relief.
The Spinal Adjustment
In the process of realigning the spine to correct dysfunctions, far-reaching pain relief may be felt in the neck, back, sciatica or other joints. Many patients report they also sleep better, think better and have more energy.
Discovering what chiropractic may offer you could be an ongoing project. Together, you and your chiropractor can shape a plan that seeks answers to pain and creates new paths for wellness.
In a recent study of North Carolina patients seeking treatment for acute low back pain from primary care physicians, chiropractors, and orthopedic surgeons, researchers found patients who saw a chiropractor had a higher degree of satisfaction in the care they received.
Another report in the Journal Spine, compared family physician care to spinal manipulative treatment by chiropractors. The results showed significantly greater improvement in specific function with chiropractic therapy.
Wherever you are with questions about pain, it is easy to learn more at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint has eliminated the hassle of insurance, providing private affordable care plans. Walk-in visits are welcome, and flexible extended weekend and evening hours are available.