Think back to any hospital visit, and you’ve likely heard the question: “From a scale of one to ten, what’s your pain?”
When medical experts began to refer to pain as the “fifth vital sign,” doctors asked this question more frequently and often scrambled to reduce discomfort by writing prescriptions for powerful opioid analgesics under the impression that they were less harmful or addictive than other options such as morphine. The result was a spike in painkiller prescriptions that were often refilled without question, fueling full-blown addiction. Patients quickly grew dependent on opioids like Percocet and Vicodin, desperately seeking refills and sometimes turning to a cheaper, more readily available alternative: heroin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that overdosing on prescription drugs and heroin killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015; specifically, 80% of those addicted to heroin began by using prescription drugs.
With 91 Americans dying each day from opioid overdose, this is a national crisis that profoundly impacts lives, families, and society. And Rochester is not immune. As addiction services and law enforcement struggle to cope, New York has passed legislation to address the epidemic: limiting opioid prescriptions to a week’s supply, for example, while requiring education for health providers.
To address the epidemic at its root cause, experts have renewed their focus on non-invasive practices (sometimes called “alternative” or “holistic” medicine) that prevent painkiller addiction before it starts. In the case of back pain, the spinal manipulation provided by an expert chiropractor is one such non-invasive way to relieve pain, restore flexibility, increase blood flow, and promote healing from injury all through the application of quick pressure between the vertebrae. From older patients to younger athletes, those under the care of a trusted chiropractor report improved range of motion, more flexibility, diminished pain, and increased blood flow without setting foot on the slippery slope towards addiction. Other non-invasive remedies, such as acupuncture and meditation, bolster this approach.
By working with the body and not against it, chiropractic care remains one of the most effective means of pain relief, injury prevention, and overall health. Through this evidence-based approach, we see exceptional results for all patients.
It’s our hope that a drug-free, holistic approach will promote a culture change among those healthcare providers who regard pain as something to be aggressively managed with intrusive measures. Avoid the epidemic – please call us to explore your options to relieve pain while protecting your overall health.
Natural Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture serves the residents of Rochester, New York and the surrounding areas. Our location in Gates is conveniently located just off I-390 with easy access and plentiful parking. Easy to get to from Greece, Spencerport, Chili, and Henrietta.Leave a reply →