Back Pain? Put Down Those Pills
By Krista Elliott
Your back hurts yet again. Rest hasn't helped. Ice hasn't helped. Guess the only thing to do is see about getting some pain medication for it, right?
Not so fast.
While pain medication has its place, we often think it's the be-all and end-all of managing pain, when in actuality, other options abound. And one option you may not have considered is chiropractic care.
Pain Medication: Risk vs. Reward
Pain medication can definitely have its uses. It's quick and easy to access and works rapidly, providing relief for all kinds of aches and pains. And in some cases, it may be the only feasible source of relief, such as with severe pain caused by chronic or terminal illnesses or acute pain caused by conditions like kidney stones.
The ease of access can be a double-edged sword, however. And when pain medication is used to treat pain in the muscles and joints, that's when things get a little bit dicey. Why? Because as long as the medication is treating the pain, the actual cause of the pain may be going uninvestigated, leading to a long-term need for medication. As well, pain medication can cause negative side effects, can cause chemical dependence, and has contraindications with numerous other medications.
Chiropractic: Another Option
Chiropractic care, like the expert care you get at The Joint Chiropractic, can be an effective and drug-free way to treat chronic pain. In many cases, lower back pain is caused by misalignments in the spine, which can affect the body's biomechanices. As well, these misalignments or subluxations can impinge upon the function of the spinal cord and nervous system, even causing inflammation and pain in nerves in the shoulders, back, head, and limbs.
Chiropractic doctors study the entire body and how its systems work together. In particular, they study the body's bones, joints, muscles, and nervous system, and how a misalignment in one joint may manifest itself as pain in another part of the body simply because of the intricate network of muscles, bones, nerves and ligaments that spread throughout your frame.
Because chiropractic care is gentle, medication-free and takes the entire body into account, it can be remarkably effective at determining and treating the underlying causes of acute or chronic back pain, headaches, jaw pain, and more.
An Ounce of Prevention
Another neat advantage of chiropractic care? Unlike with pain meds, chiropractic can be used as preventative medicine. Routine chiropractic care allows the chiropractic doctors to regularly assess your joints for minor subluxations, treating them before they become more severe. As a result, you may be less prone to painful back and joint injuries in the first place, with improved balance, healthier biomechanics, and likely better posture as well.
So if you're experiencing any kind of ache or pain, why not stop by The Joint Chiropractic and give natural, drug-free pain relief a try? It just might be the best medicine you'll ever have!