I want to talk about chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to pain relief and pain management. The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends the use of non-invasive, drug-free treatments such as Chiropractic care, first for chronic and acute lower back pain. Additionally, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) encourages patients to seek conservative care, like drug-free chiropractic, before moving on to potentially addictive remedies for pain.
Integrative Medicine Approach
The introduction of integrative medicine, specifically chiropractic, has been a game changer for my practice. In years past when someone would come to my office with acute and chronic back pain, opioids were part of the possible relief mechanisms considered. However, I now have an alternative from day one resulting in a non-opioid medicine protocol and possibly even no meds of any kind at all.
Lower back pain is one of the leading causes of opioid dependency. Lower back pain is also very difficult to treat because it can be hard to identify and eliminate the cause. Thus, many doctors prescribe pain killers to provide comfort to their patients while the actual problem remains unsolved. Chiropractors, however, can actually identify the root cause of lower back pain. Often lower back pain is caused by issues in our feet, ankles, knees, or hips.
Help For Chronic Back Pain
Most chronic back pain is due to some form of musculoskeletal weakness or structural imbalance. Given that the feet are the foundation of the body, an imbalance in one or both of the feet causes problems throughout the entire kinetic chain of the body, with particular stress on the lower back. Chiropractors are trained to examine all body mechanics from the feet to the skull and all too frequently, the problem is created or exacerbated from somewhere other than the low back. It has become too easy to prescribe something for pain over taking the time to discover the pains’ origins. Medication will mask symptoms temporarily but at no time will it find and fix a problem.
Lower back pain is a common problem that can be alleviated with an uncommon approach. Stop the pills and schedule an appointment with a chiropractor. It could change your life. It could even save your life by preventing you from becoming another opioid overdose statistic.