If you have ever seen a chiropractor, acupuncturist, or massage therapist, chances are you were on the hunt for pain relief that didn’t come from a pill. You are not alone.
There are levels to the medication debate. On one hand, medications can knock out inflammation fast and keep it away. But on the other hand, narcotics can be addictive and eventually damage your organs. We all know that too much ibuprofen can cause ulcers, so what’s the solution? Some would say, nontraditional or holistic medicine.
What’s so bad about a pill?
You might be surprised at how much of your body’s aches and pains derive from the spine. In fact, low back pain is the #2 reason for doctor visits . But the problem with going to a primary care doctor for back pain is that they are limited in what they are trained and permitted to do: x-ray you, refer you to a surgeon or physical therapist, and prescribe pain killers. You see, medications only affect the symptoms, not the cause. Chiropractic seeks out the cause of pain and eliminates it at the root. If you numb your pain with a medication, it will likely return. With chiropractic, your pain problem is usually resolved so that the pain never returns.
Now, it’s not that these medications don’t work. If you are suffering from an injury that has not developed into chronic pain, a narcotic can give your muscles the break they need in order to heal. But the problem lies with the word “narcotic.” What chemicals (or drugs) are you pumping into your body? Some opioid narcotics actually contain lab-produced,pharmaceutical-grade heroin. And if you do suffer from chronic pain, repeated intake of narcotics or steroid injections can lead to addiction, as this news report suggests . How do we avoid these long-term problems?
Why Chiropractic Might Be the Cure
Why risk getting addicted to your painkiller when going to a chiropractor can have the same effect—without any drugs? Chiropractors manipulate the spine so that its bones line up properly, giving your muscles and spinal cord the same break that a painkiller does. And the effects of an adjustment extend beyond your current injury into preventing other problems.
Chiropractic care treats more than just your back. MedlinePlus describes chiropractic treatment as affecting “the nerves, muscles, bones, and joints of the body.” So if your pain—or chronic pain—is in your skeletal, nervous, or muscular systems, more than likely a chiropractor’s office is where you need to be. That covers a whole lot of the body!
What’s so holistic about chiropractic?
The revolutionary part about chiropractic, or any nontraditional doctor for that matter, is the holistic nature of it. Essentially, holistic means that the focus is on your entire body, not just the current problem. The reason chiropractic works is that repeated spinal adjustments will correct your current problem, and then some. In fact, plenty of the typical chiropractor’s patients aren’t there to make their pain go away—they’re there to prevent it.
When is your next chiropractor appointment?
Do your body a favor and make an appointment with a holistic doctor like a chiropractor the next time you have pain in your body. This will save you the risk of addiction, the piling up of chemicals in your system, and pain down the road.
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