Pain Relief Alternatives: Why Chiropractic is a Safe Alternative to Using Opioids
Opioids are an effective medication for relieving the pain of many ailments.
Or are they?
According to recent figures, in the US alone, over 100 people are dying from opioid-related overdoses every day.
An opioid epidemic.
The abuse or overuse of prescription opioids teamed with inadequate pain management means the deaths involving opioids has quadrupled over the past 20 years.
Therefore, it’s clear that pain relief alternatives are imperative.
Why Are Pain Relief Alternatives Necessary?
As well as being highly addictive, these prescription drugs that help “numb” aches and pains may also mask the severity of a musculoskeletal condition. This means the patient may be unaware that it hasn’t healed or is worsening, causing overexertion and a delay in getting the right treatment.
Sometimes, it may even cause permanent, irreversible damage.
It is no surprise, then, that many experts are now looking toward natural pain relief alternatives as the first port of call for a number of conditions, including helping those who have become addicted to opioids or are still in pain following opioid use.
What Can You Expect from the Natural Pain Relief of Chiropractic?
For hundreds of years, chiropractic care has been revered among health professionals.
Offering a safe, effective, and natural approach to a variety of illnesses, injuries, and general well-being, it combats so much more than back and neck pain.
And with growing research highlighting the effectiveness of chiropractic, many are now turning to this treatment method as a drug-free approach to managing pain.
For example, last year, the American College of Physicians (ACP) updated its recommendations to suggest that drug-free, non-invasive treatments to acute and chronic low back pain were taken.
This was based on the use of massage, acupuncture, heat therapy, and spinal manipulation as possible therapies.
It is only when these treatments fail to provide any or little relief that medicines should be sought.
So how effective is chiropractic?
Well, according to one research project which looked into chronic neck pain, 57% of people who visited their chiropractor had a 75% reduction in pain compared to just 33% of those who were using medication.
A year later, 53% of those using drug-free methods were experiencing the same reduction in pain – only 38% of those using medication were.
For effective, natural pain relief you can trust, contact our dedicated team at Wright Chiropractic and Physical Therapy today on 631-754-3775.