How Chiropractic Provides a Winning Alternative to Pain Pills
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes we run a little too fast on life’s treadmill. There is so much to be covered, and barely enough time. In the process, when pain moves in, it can be all too easy to lean on over-the-counter pain pills before moving on to seek prescription pain medications.
The Opioid Trail
This pain prescription choice has ballooned into an epidemic of prescription opioid addiction that we often see played out 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 dollar cost is stunning. This same report says the cost of prescription misuse to U.S. employment totals out as $18 billion in sick days, medical expenses and loss of productivity.
But the medical community and individual Americans have found a drug-free, viable alternative in chiropractic. Now, according to the American Chiropractic Association, a majority of Americans turn to chiropractic first for treatment when they are in pain.
To get a firsthand look at chiropractic treatment, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community and find out what this might mean for you.
The focus is on the health of the spine, which contains the central nervous system that commands everything we do. From your early morning walk to your final end of the day stretching exercises, your spine and nervous system make it all possible. Your chiropractor believes the better your spine functions the better you may be.
A Spinal Adjustment
Using a spinal adjustment to check for misalignments, the chiropractor will correct any dysfunctions. In the process, you may experience far-reaching pain relief in the neck, back or sciatica. You may also feel more energetic, sleep better or think better. You and your chiropractor can decide how chiropractic is working for you and put together an ongoing plan of treatment.
You may decide to do weekly 15-minute chiropractic sessions to maintain this new wellness, and allow your chiropractor to keep an eye on any new twinges that occur.
Overall, patient satisfaction with chiropractic has been significant, according to the White Paper Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, 2016. A study that analyzed data from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) beneficiaries in Tennessee over a two-year span concluded: Low back pain initiated with a Doctor of Chiropractic saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor.
Finding out more can be as easy as stopping by your local clinic, The Joint Chiropractic. 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.