Natural Pain Relief: Choosing Chiropractic Over Opioids
Did you know that every day in the U.S., more than 100 people die under opioid-related circumstances? It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that we’re witnessing an “opioid epidemic.”
Where has this come from?
Experts suggest that insufficient ways of managing pain alongside prescription opioids being overused and abused has led to the number of opioid-related deaths quadrupling in recent years.
But what if we told you there was natural pain relief available that could be even more effective?
Let’s explore the benefits of chiropractic care below.
Why Do We Need to Look Toward Natural Pain Relief?
It goes without saying that opioids are highly addictive. But there’s also the issue that recovering from musculoskeletal conditions may be hampered due to the drugs’ ability to mask pain. Therefore, you may not know how severe or painful your condition really is.
An effective treatment solution is delayed and the condition worsens due to overexertion and lack of healing. The damage may even be permanent.
That’s why many health care experts have started looking at possible drug-free pain relief alternatives, suggesting these should be the first option in a treatment plan. They can also be used to help people who have become addicted to opioids or who are still in pain despite receiving this medication.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic is a tried-and-tested practice that’s been used for hundreds of years. As a natural, drug-free and altogether effective approach to a plethora of conditions and injuries, it’s able to treat everything from headaches to low back pain.
Add to this the fact that growing evidence highlights just how effective it is and it’s not hard to see why many are now turning to their local chiropractors for help with managing pain.
For example, one study discovered that, when it came to chronic neck pain, chiropractic was more effective than medication. 33% of the patients using medication had a 75% reduction in their pain compared to 57% of people visiting their chiropractor. One year on, 38% of those using medication were still enjoying this pain relief while 53% using drug-free methods were, too.
Experts are also placing greater emphasis on drug-free methods, with the American College of Physicians (ACP) altering its recommendations last year to advise that patients with chronic or acute low back pain should seek non-invasive, drug-free treatments first. This includes spinal manipulation and massage – both of which are available through a chiropractor.
Discover the benefits of natural pain relief by contacting us today at 910-755-5400.