Exercise and Chiropractic Care are Cutting Down on the Need for Prescription Medication
The National Institutes of Health released a study in 2011 that reported that nearly 76 million individuals in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and almost 60% of adults who have pain had it for over a year. This astounding statistic reveals that a huge number of Americans suffer from daily pain that results in physical, emotional, and financial loss to those who experience it and their families.
Common causes of chronic pain include:
- Low back pain
- Cancer pain
- Neurogenic pain
When patients visit traditional medical health care options, there is a probability that they will receive a prescription for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or opioids. While it is possible to bring some relief with prescription medicines, they might not be safe for long-term treatment and eradication of pain. Many patients find that chiropractic care, paired with the right exercise and lifestyle changes can help treat the underlying cause of pain and heal the body from within.
Some potential side effects of prescription painkillers:
- Decrease in the perception of pain which can predispose to further injury
Pain management is difficult for any injury or condition, but when it comes to the musculoskeletal system, it can prove to be more difficult. Dr. Brian Short is a chiropractor in Santa Fe, NM who can help to alleviate acute and chronic symptoms and correct underlying cause of the pain without masking the symptoms. Dr. Short offers non-invasive treatment for musculoskeletal injuries to correct the body’s alignment, increasing your body’s ability to self-heal.
Complementary Treatments and Lifestyle Changes
Patients experience the greatest benefits when they pair chiropractic care with exercise and healthy lifestyle changes. Doing regular exercise suggested by your chiropractor helps relieve stress and improve range of motion. It also promotes the strengthening of the muscles that support your body and improve your posture. It’s not necessary to perform strenuous exercise, but gentle exercise like yoga or swimming can help. It's best to consult to your chiropractor before you start any form of exercise.
No one should have to tolerate pain. Chiropractic care can help individuals avoid the potential danger of prescription medications and ineffective treatment options while helping patients safely achieve a pain free life.