Written by Jason Ramdewar

Chiropractic to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care better than Opioids?

The opioid crisis has become a real public health problem in the United States. Research shows that on a daily basis almost 100 people overdose and die from opioid use. The drug is commonly linked to harsh, illegal substances like heroin but the truth is there are many legal, doctor-recommended medicines classified as opioids. For example, Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and Avinza.

The drug helps to alleviate pain by acting on the nervous system, including the spinal cord and brain. Further, it affects the part of the brain that regulates human emotion which additionally works to suppress discomfort. On a chemical level, opioids cause a sense of euphoria (or high), making it extremely addictive, especially when prescribed for prolonged periods as patients can develop dependency and withdrawal issues. This fact is made worse by studies which show that opioids are not particularly effective in the long-term and the subsequent side-effects can overshadow any actual benefits.

Therefore, with all the negative consequences, it’s no surprise that many people are turning to natural and holistic medicine as significant forms of treatment.

Physical therapy and chiropractic care are both natural options that aid in pain relief, most notably to the back, neck, shoulders, joints and muscles. Practitioners in these fields adopt a very hands-on approach to reconditioning the body and promoting good health. When used together, they successfully contribute to the rehabilitation and reparation process.

Physical therapists treat ailments or injuries with an exercise regimen, heat stimuli, massage sessions and other activities. The objective is to enhance mobility and strengthen muscles over time, which can be maintained even after therapy has ended. Whereas, chiropractors zone in on the musculoskeletal system and disorders related to the spine. They provide manual alignments to afflicted regions, the results of the which can be heard and felt immediately, for instance, a person can hear a crack when tension is released from the joints.

Goldson Spine has dedicated licensed physical therapists and chiropractors who can offer effective treatment for pain, injuries and diseases without surgical procedures or prescription medication like opioid painkillers. Our practitioners work with you and your body to achieve optimal performance, improve well-being and overall quality of life.

Make an appointment at the nearest Goldson Spine location and share in the positive results that so many others have experienced.

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