Although the amount of people with chronic pain has remained the same for almost 20 years, the amount of prescriptions for opioids, a pain medication, has quadrupled according to NAAG.
For those people living with chronic pain, the pain medication is not necessarily helping them from day-to-day and has a high cost, even with insurance. With most injuries, the body should be able to recuperate on its own, but the information from NAAG is showing that is not the case.
For many suffering from chronic pain, a good alternative to opioids is chiropractic care. This will allow their bodies to heal naturally both short-term and long-term; whichever the body needs before healing properly.
Here are some alternative pain management services available at 360 Chiropractic.
Tight and sore muscles are one of the leading causes of body pain. The balance of kneading, stroking, and pressure helps to improve circulation. That circulation is helping to release blood flow which helps stimulate the muscles and manage chronic pain. People who have regular massage therapy sessions experience less pain overall. They also feel more relaxed and less stress than those who do not attend regular massage sessions. There are many sources out there that state how beneficial massage therapy is for chronic pain, including Health Day.
The massage therapists at 360 Chiropractic are highly trained to adapt to the massage technique that the patient may request.
Although some write off acupuncture as a Chinese myth, it’s a proven method to not only help with general health but also chronic pain. It is achieved by stimulating specific points on the body with fine needles, physical pressure, or laser technology. These pressure points are placed to best benefit the body’s circulatory, musculoskeletal, and neurological functions.
Many times there are other health concerns that accompany chronic pain, such as lack of sleep and depression. These concerns can be managed with acupuncture as well. Acupuncture patients experience improved sleep and an improved overall well-being.
Last but not least, chiropractic care can help chronic pain management without the use of prescription medication. Many times chronic pain means there is some part of the body that is out of alignment. With chiropractic care, we are able to pinpoint exactly which part of the body it is and then manipulate it using the Activator Technique, which is a low-force method that is extremely effective and gentle.
As the body becomes aligned properly again, you’ll notice a decrease in your chronic pain, muscle tension, and stress levels.
These three pain management alternatives are great treatment plans to have. They help those with chronic pain, without the use of prescribed medication.
360 Chiropractic offers free consultations. Please contact us for more information.