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How to Rely Less on Pills

By Lana Bandoim

Pills are sometimes a necessary part of a treatment to feel better, but it is easy to make them a habit. Pain can lead to a dependence on medications. Chiropractors often see patients who are tired of taking multiple pills a day and prefer other options. If you are tired of refilling the pill reminder boxes every day, consider these alternatives.

See a Chiropractor

One of the biggest reasons why people turn to pills is pain. It is hard to ignore and difficult to manage pain, so taking pills becomes a habit. However, chiropractors offer a different way to handle pain. They can get to the root cause of the problems and determine the best treatment plan. They offer a noninvasive approach to treating pain. Chiropractors don't treat the symptom -- that's what pain pills do -- but treat the cause of the pain.

Exercise

It can be difficult to exercise more when dealing with pain. However, it is important to evaluate the workouts and choose ones that can fight the pain instead of increase it. You want to eliminate high-impact exercises and focus on easier workouts that improve flexibility. Multiple studies support exercising to reduce pain and stress.

Music Therapy

Music therapy focuses on decreasing pain through distraction. Whether you decide to play an instrument or listen to music, the impact on pain can be significant. Research shows that music can activate specific regions of the brain. This type of therapy works best with active listening. You want to concentrate on the tone and pitch to get the greatest benefits.

Guided Imagery

Imagine the most peaceful and beautiful beach on the planet and playing in the sand. Now, think about finding a shady spot to watch the water as the sun sets. This type of guided imagery focuses on recreating peaceful images in the mind to reduce pain. People report that they are calmer and happier after guided imagery sessions.

The key is to make it an immersive experience by seeing every detail. You want to touch, smell, taste, hear and see each part of the image. Even the temperature and textures matter. It needs to feel real in the mind, so pain becomes a distant thought.

Visit The Joint Chiropractic to discuss treatment options that reduce your dependence on pills. The licensed chiropractors are happy to help and offer suggestions. You can skip the appointment and insurance hassles at The Joint. Instead, go to a convenient location and take advantage of the personalized care plans. Pills do not have to take over your life.

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

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