Pain Relief without the Use of Opioids
Over the course of a lifetime, most people will experience serious injury, health crises, or conditions that causes chronic pain. Opioids are freely prescribed for multiple conditions, from herniated discs to sciatica, and more. At the Injury Health Center, we’ve seen how opioid use can create long-term problems for the residents of Sanford, Daytona, and Orlando. Here’s what you need to know about Opioids’ dark side, and an alternative to these drugs:
What’s the Problem with Opioids?
Opioid addiction may be the first issue to come to mind. This serious addiction can lead to people losing their jobs, savings, and even driving away loved ones. Opioid addiction is also a stubborn problem that even determined people may struggle to beat.
However, that’s not the only risk here. These powerful painkillers have serious side effects. Opioids can lead to nausea, constipation, dizziness, slowed heart rate and breathing, confusion, and depression.
Finally, opioids may be doing their job too well. Pain is one of the body’s most important signals that there’s a problem. Masking this warning sign can mean that underlying issues, from cancer to musculoskeletal problems, are being hidden. In many cases, these issues don’t go away when they’re ignored. They simply grow worse.
How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help with Pain Management?
Did you know that your body already contains natural painkillers? They’re called endorphins. These hormones work on your body’s opiate receptors, giving pain relief without the dangerous side effects of prescription opioids.
Endorphins are released by a variety of activities, from exercising, to eating chocolate, to having a good laugh. One of the strongest triggers of endorphin release is massage and chiropractic adjustments. These hands-on techniques cause a flood of feel-good hormones. Endorphins can reduce pain and boost your mood for up to 24 hours.
Your chiropractor will also help you with the long-term picture. As great as it is to experience short term pain relief, the root cause of your discomfort needs to be treated as well. Chiropractic adjustments, sports massages, and other therapies can realign your spine and boost your body’s healing processes. Finally, your chiropractor will also advice you on exercises, stretches, and lifestyle changes that can help you beat pain the natural way.
All of these treatments compound over time. You may feel better with every visit to the chiropractic center.
Your Partners in Pain Management
Are you ready to tackle your pain the natural way? We serve the chiropractic needs of the mid-Florida region including Sanford, Daytona, and Orlando. Contact us at the Injury Health Center to schedule an appointment. Our chiropractic team is here for you every step of the way.