What Makes Chiropractic a Safer Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management
From sports injuries and osteoarthritis to a slipped disc and cancers, there are a number of health conditions that can cause chronic pain and influence the quality of life of a patient. Therefore, pain management is an important aspect of the treatment of a number of diseases. Until recently, pain-killers remained the mainstay of pain management. However, increasing awareness about the addiction potential of opioids, as well as their side effects have compelled healthcare professionals to look for safer options, such as chiropractic care.
This article provides you a brief yet useful account of the reasons chiropractic is a safer alternative to opioids for pain management.
Understanding the Dangers of Using Opioids for Pain Management
Opioids are prescription medicines that are used for the relief of moderate to severe pain. They work by reducing the intensity of pain signals, as well as by weakening the perception of pain. While opioids are very effective when it comes to pain management, they possess a number of side effects.
The primary danger of using opioids for long-term management of pain is that they are highly addictive. In addition, human body can build tolerance to the effects of opioids, which means that in order to get relief from pain, a patient must take more of their medicine. While taking opioids in large doses can relieve pain, the patient also becomes more vulnerable to the following side effects:
- Dry mouth
- Reducing the dose or stopping the medicine is not an option for two reasons – first, the patient needs something stronger than opioids to manage the pain; second, stopping the medicine may produce a variety of opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Why Chiropractic Care Is A Safer Alternative to Opioids?
- Chiropractic is a proven method for managing chronic pain that is both effective and safe. While spinal manipulation is the mainstay of chiropractic treatment, chiropractors in Round Rock use a variety of other treatments as well, including exercise education, nutritional consultation, ultrasound, and interferential current. Unlike opioids and other pain-alleviating medicines, chiropractic is a natural treatment that produces very few side effects.
- Chiropractic care not only focuses on symptomatic relief, but also aims to bring the body back into balance with spinal adjustments. What’s more, chiropractors aim to promote whole body wellness. Therefore, they not only improve patient’s quality of life by offering relief from pain, but also provide them exercise, dietary, and lifestyle recommendations so that they can lead a healthy, pain-free life.
- If you are experiencing pain due to arthritis, fibromyalgia, or any other musculoskeletal condition, chiropractic care can help you get relief from the pain and discomfort in a safe, side effects-free manner. To learn more about the role of chiropractic care in pain management, you may contact us at 512-906-2682.