An Alternative to Pain Medication: Chiropractic Care
Many of us think that alleviating certain chronic pain can only be done by taking pain medication. But if your doctor isn’t telling you about alternative treatment options, you need another doctor!
Benefits of Chiropractic Care vs. Prescription Drugs
Of course pain medication offers relief. But medication is not a long term solution for reducing pain. It is a quick fix that simply masks your pain temporarily. It doesn’t address the root cause of the pain.
And as you know, drugs can come with severe risks and side effects. Many pain medications can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence and the development of a tolerance which in turn requires even more medication to dull the pain. Our country’s opioid crisis is raging on with deaths from opioids rising from 70,029 in 2020 to 80,816 in 2021.
People who saw a chiropractor for pain treatment were 64% less likely to use opioids than people who didn’t, researchers reported in the journal Pain Medicine. And the likelihood of even filling a prescription for an opioid was 55% lower among recipients of chiropractic adjustment.
Chiropractic care does not just treat your symptoms the way medication does. Your chiropractor will holistically look at your body’s alignment to find the underlying cause of your pain. Through a combination of manipulation, stretching, massage and exercises, you may be able to lessen and even eliminate your pain without drugs. Chiropractic treatments are:
- Long lasting
- Cost effective
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors can treat a number of different physical conditions. They also work in tandem with other pain management professionals. Physical therapists, massage therapists, pain psychologists, yoga instructors, nutritionists, acupuncturists and mindfulness-based stress reduction educators can all complement the work your chiropractor is doing for you.
So before you skip right to taking medication, be sure you explore the full arsenal of pain management options you have available. Dr. Levi will help you navigate your choices during your chiropractic appointments.
The Best Chiropractor in Maryland
Regular chiropractic visits can be an important part of your overall wellness. If something is bothering you, Dr. Levi just might be able to help. He will do a full evaluation and recommend a treatment plan if he believes he can – so give him a call today!