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Ditch the Drugs and Manage Pain Naturally

By Paul Rothbart

Pain is unfortunately a part of life. That doesn't make it pleasant or easy to deal with. Headaches, sore muscles, and back and neck pain are common and can make getting through the day more difficult than it has to be. Many people reach for an over-the-counter pain medicine such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. This will do the job effectively but can also cause problems in the long haul. It is best to find natural ways to manage pain.

The Problem With Medication

Pain medications certainly have their place in relieving pain and treating the conditions that cause it. But they are often overused. Long-term use and excessive doses can be addictive and cause serious damage. Liver problems are common with the overuse of non-prescription pain meds. These problems are exacerbated by alcohol use. They can severely damage the liver and death is a possibility. Prescription meds can also cause problems, such as nausea, drowsiness, slowed breathing, and can cloud thinking. All pain meds have a risk of addiction but the prescription type has a very high risk and people have ruined their lives by becoming dependent upon them.

Staying Active

Many people lead a sedentary lifestyle. This can cause weight gain to the point of obesity. Extra weight puts undue stress on the body and can cause pain in the back and joints. Range of motion and flexibility may be lost when the body is not exercised regularly. Leading an active life with regular exercise and being involved in physical activity helps to maintain a healthy weight and keep the body functioning properly. This can go a long way toward preventing chronic pain. The peace of mind you get from being physically fit can reduce stress and anxiety, helping to prevent stress and tension headaches.

Seeing a Chiropractor

Chiropractic care uses no drugs and is completely natural. It treats each body part as it relates to the whole. A chiropractor can find subluxations and other problems in the back, neck, and joints. With gentle manipulations, these problems can be fixed. After an adjustment, the pain may be reduced and less likely to recur. Many people find stress easier to manage when receiving regular treatments. This can reduce the likelihood of headaches. Some people find that they sleep better and good sleep is always a boost to health.

Pain is going to happen sometimes. There's no avoiding that. But you can choose how you manage it. Natural options such as staying active and healthy are better choices than medication. Consider visiting The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment and you may find that regular chiropractic care reduces pain and makes it easier to manage. 

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

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