It is no secret that the US is facing a crisis of epic proportions. Over the course of the past 20 years, our country has been plagued by an epidemic of addiction that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. Several pharmaceutical companies have been widely blamed for igniting the opioids crisis with misleading marketing, mainly of its drug OxyContin. This makes many people feel like we are facing two choices- live a life in pain or live a life of dependence on dangerous medications. Fortunately there are other options that have been clinically shown to minimize pain and maximize function without a prescription.
Pain and Your Brain
The center of every experience we have, every illness we face, every pain we endure is found in the Central Nervous System. This vital part of our body is made up of the brain and spinal cord. When you stub your toe, signals travel from your brain where it is interpreted as sharp, throbbing pain. Our body then naturally releases opioids to help interrupt the pain signals and settle your brain into a more relaxed state.
How Opioids Work
Prescription opioid medications bind to the pain receptors in our brain, preventing them from receiving signals. While this process sounds nice for someone in excruciating pain, there are two inherent problems with this system. First, our brain loses its ability to respond to opioids it receives which creates dependence on prescription pain medication. Second, it does not address the underlying cause of a person's pain, nor does this type of medication improve someone's overall function.
Chiropractic is a natural approach to improving our body's function and decreasing pain. By eliminating the interruptions in the way, the brain receives signals from the body, the body is allowed to heal itself, improve its function, and limit its own pain naturally and effectively.
Acupuncture and Cupping
Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese practice of treating pain, illness, and imbalance in the body through the deliberate placement of micro-needles in the body. Acupuncture treats ailments holistically, restoring balance, alleviating blockages in the body, and helping the body to activate its own, natural healing processes. It is ideal for managing pain in a gentle, non-invasive way.
For more information on how Chiropractic care and Acupuncture can help you eliminate pain without prescriptions, as well as enjoying optimal health, call our office today or schedule an appointment directly on our website.