If you suffer from chronic pain, then chances are that you’ve probably been prescribed prescription drugs, like opioids, to help relieve the pain. Although they can be an effective method for treating pain when used as prescribed, they also have highly addictive qualities. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Unintentional overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers have more than quadrupled since 1999 and have outnumbered those involving heroin and cocaine since 2002” (https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/misuse-prescription-drugs/summary ). Thus, several notable organizations, including The Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Institute of Medicine, have started advocating drug free approaches for people who may be suffering from chronic pain.
One of the most popular drug free approaches to treating chronic pain is provided by Florida chiropractor, Dr. Steven Harrison. Chiropractic is the science and art of addressing the structure of the body as it relates to function through natural means without the use of drugs or surgery. Our central nervous system is protected by the skull and the vertebrae or our back bones. When repetitive stress is placed on the spine or misalignment occurs due to stress or injury, the nervous system is compromised and muscle and ligaments can become affected and inflamed, generating pain. This same central nervous system controls and coordinates the function of all our organ systems and, therefore, every cell in the body. According the Mayo Clinic, “Chiropractic adjustment can be effective in treating low back pain, although much of the research done shows only a modest benefit — similar to the results of more conventional treatments. Some studies suggest that spinal manipulation also may be effective for headaches and other spine-related conditions, such as neck pain.” (http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/chiropractic-adjustment/basics/results/prc-20013239)
In addition to pain relief, there are several other remarkable benefits associated with chiropractic care including:
- improved range of motion
- improved immune function
- decreased tension in the neck and shoulders
- stress reduction
- better joint strength and stability
- improved coordination
If you are suffering from chronic pain, then you are encouraged to consult a Florida chiropractor with Total Health & Rehab. They offer three types of care in the office.
- Relief care – is three treatments per week for three weeks.
- Functional correction or “as near normal as possible care” – is three times per week for nine weeks at which point we will reexamine and reassess the patient’s status.
- Wellness care – Chiropractic should be the foundation for everyone’s health routine.