People often associate the need for pain management care with the damage caused by a specific traumatic event. While we do see many patients in the office following them “throwing out their back” or “recovering from a fall,” we see just as many who seek treatment for relief from headaches, pains, and stiffness that can accompany everyday movements.
The truth is that moderate and acute neck pain and low back pain are leading causes for patients to take over the counter (OTC) pain pills. However, many of the symptoms that lead people to take OTC pain medications can be relieved through chiropractic treatment, making even OTC drugs for pain management completely unnecessary.
In fact, a recent study found chiropractic manipulations and light home exercises relieve tension more effectively than OTC pain pills. Not only can our doctors provide manipulations to alleviate the most common symptoms of neck pain and low back pain, they also advise patients on lifestyle and ergonomics choices that can help avoid pain-causing postures. They can even recommend home exercises that help patients regain strength in problem areas.
Other recent studies that look at the real effects of OTC pain pills reveal the wisdom of choosing chiropractic care first. OTC medicines like Ibuprofen and Naproxen, while sometimes helpful at masking pain, has been linked to problems like gastrointestinal bleeding that leads to anemia, kidney problems, blood pressure issues, and even heart trouble. Though controversial, studies like this make it clear that drug use should be minimized however possible, which is why we advise patients to try chiropractic care first.
Taking OTC medication may provide a quick-fix masking of your pain, but our office strives to get to the root of the your suffering so that it is not recurring. If you are seeking pain management in Austin, try chiropractic before trying OTC pain pills. Your body will thank you.
Featured photo via Pixabay, creative commons licensed.
So we took a break from aligning human spines to work on cactus spines. And we’re pretty happy with our new succulent gardens and our experience working on them together.
TreeHouse has a great station set up for making your own succulent gardens and terrariums. It’s actually fun to do as a team, or a competition!
Spines can be prickly
Discover Chiropractic in Austin TX works on all types of spines. If you’re having issues with yours please go here to set up your Free Chiropractic Consultation. Our gentle and effective treatments are great for people of all ages. We love being the #1 chiropractor for Austin families!
We all know about the dangers of opiate addiction, but few know the harms associated with common pain-killing drugs like Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve. This leads to many believing they can be used without much harm. Yet, use of these drugs over a long period of time can raise the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other severe cardiovascular symptoms. This is why drug-free pain management with chiropractic care should be your first choice.
An emerging field of study suggests that staying off pain medicines as much as possible can prolong your life. That is why we recommend chiropractic care. Typical chiropractic patients experience significant relief. This can lead to avoidance of surgical intervention or the use of harmful drugs.
Drug-Free Pain Management Is Safer
Even healthy people like athletes experience harm from NSAIDs, which slow the healing of tissue and joints. Medical literature gives us numerous reasons why chiropractic care is the most conservative choice, even for common pain, but if reading complicated studies like the ones linked to above is not your favorite past time, this infographic should summarize it for you well enough…
If you are experiencing pain and want a better way to manage it, put down the drugs.
Here at Discover Chiropractic, we treat patients for all sorts of complaints, from common issues to rare problems, and people are often amazed at how much their nervous system affects overall health. One unexpected connection to chiropractic care is the use of opiate pain medication like Hydrocodone — or specifically, avoiding it altogether through effective drug-free pain management.
Recent studies indicate that working with a chiropractor for chronic pain is an effective first line of defense for those hoping to stay off addictive drugs, and patients already on medication who worked with a chiropractor saw reductions of more than 50 percent in their opioid use compared with others who relied only on drug therapy. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has been very clear that anyone at high risk for addiction to opioids should devise a drug-free pain management strategy with their doctor if at all possible, and this is where chiropractic care can be a powerful help.
Of course, I would hardly expect anyone to just take my word for it. This is the very reason why we’re seeing movements in other states to substitute chiropractic care for pain medicines, as you can see from this news video from New Hampshire, where patients are clamoring for chiropractic care covered by insurance so much that they are seriously discussing changes to the law to help reduce use of drugs like Hydrocodone.
Drug-free pain management with chiropractic care really is changing lives, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes here at our clinic in Austin. If you are struggling with chronic pain and worried about becoming reliant on medication — or if you are already on medication but find yourself relying more on opiates like Hydrocodone, OxyContin, or Percocet than you would like — come pay us a visit and we will explore your options for drug-free pain management.
Opiate and hydrocodone infographic via drugfreepaincare.org.
We got a nice visit by a writer from Austin.com recently. Take a look at their story by clicking on the image below…
People Love Us On Yelp
We’ve had so many great reviews from patients this year that we’re at the very top of Yelp when people search for Best Austin Chiropractor!
It is so awesome to read our patients stories and get that positive feedback. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the practice with their positive reviews! This is why we keep doing what we love. If you haven’t left us a review on Yelp, you can do that here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/discover-chiropractic-austin
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Relieve back pain by cleaning out your wallet and carrying only what is necessary. Sitting on your wallet is one of the most overlooked causes of back pain, neck pain, and even headaches. Removing the wallet from your back pocket will allow you to sit with even weight distribution on your pelvis and low back. This one simple trick has helped relieve back pain for many of our patients. Click here to contact us for more information.
Foot pain can be traced to alignment of low back
You may not realize it, but your foot pain could be related to sciatic nerve issues.
Let us examine the area to determine if you need low back treatment vs foot treatment. The pain could be plantar fasciitis, which we can treat, but more often than not it’s actually a low back and pelvis issue causing the foot pain. Make an appointment at discoverchiropracticaustin.com
Chiropractic Adjustments fix the cause of low back pain instead of just covering up the symptoms.
Taking an over the counter pain medication may make you temporarily feel better, but is it fixing the actual cause of the problem? No. Chiropractic adjustments re-align your spine and take pressure off of nerves. Adjustments fix the cause of back and neck problems by taking pressure off the nervous system.
Call us today to see how we can help fix your problem! Go to discoverchiropracticaustin.com to schedule your free consultation.