#Chiropractic1st Instead of Opioid Painkillers

“A new year, a new you.” This is a mantra that is popular every January– and one I support. It’s never too late to get a better life, and for the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, lifestyle changes can make a dramatic difference. Sadly, far too many people believe that the temporary relief of opioid painkillers offers a viable solution. They quickly become dangerously addicted, victims of our country’s spiraling opioid epidemic, often eventually turning to cheaper alternatives like heroin to get the relief they desperately seek. There is a better way. #Chiropractic1st and alternative, non-addictive pain therapies can make you feel better without putting you at risk for addiction and withdrawal.

If you’re not familiar with the #Chiropractic1st movement, this hashtag has grown in popularity over the past year as patients, doctors, and healthcare professionals advocate for trying safe chiropractic treatments before other more dangerous options as a way to effectively treat the root causes of pain. Patients get necessary long-term relief without just briefly masking painful symptoms. More importantly, patients do not put themselves at risk for opioid addiction, a condition that sadly takes the lives of 92 people in America every single day.

Over the past few years, the Center for Disease Control has stepped up efforts to fight the growing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. They have suggested patients use caution when considering taking opioids and to always consider alternative therapies first, something chiropractors like me have urged for years. There’s no way of knowing if you will be vulnerable to opioid addiction until it is too late.
chiropracticThat’s why I hope that this year you will look to #Chiropractic1st. No one should suffer in chronic pain without relief, but dangerous painkillers are not a real solution. Instead, chiropractic care has long been shown to resolve pain with minimal, if any, side effects– and no risk of addiction or overdose. In fact, a comprehensive 2010 study on chiropractic manipulation determined that chiropractic care is an effective option for treating pain caused by a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.

Three chiropractic techniques have been scientifically proven to help relieve joint pain: Cox Technique, Active Release Technique (ART), and Graston Technique. Cox Technique reduces pressure on the spine, reduces spinal stenosis, and promotes disc healing. ART breaks up scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue surrounding your joints that cause pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Graston Technique works similarly to ART to eliminate pain except that it leverages tools to promote healing in otherwise hard-to-reach tissues. In my practice, I use all three methods in combination, so chronic pain is more fully eliminated, especially since most chronic pain comes from multiple sources.

If you are suffering in pain, you have options beyond opioid painkillers. Make sure that you get relief the right way in 2017. Turn to #Chiropractic1st for lasting, effective pain relief without the risk of addiction. You deserve the true pain relief offered by chiropractic care.