Pain, whether mild, severe or unbearable, requires proper treatment. For any pain management center, it is critical to consider pain relief options carefully. Most of us often turn to pain relievers at the first sign of pain, which is not always a good option. Popular over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications are acetaminophen and ibuprofen, which are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medicines provide distinct symptomatic relief for mild to moderate pain, and both have unique benefits as well as side effects.
A healthier choice is to seek conservative care, such as chiropractic. Chiropractors diagnose your condition and the actual cause of the pain, and can help you experience long-lasting relief. While medications can serve as a temporary mask for pain, chiropractic treatments actually help you reduce the painful symptoms.
Chiropractors provide pain relief in numerous ways such as spinal or extremity adjusting, soft tissue mobilization and corrective exercise programs. These methods use the body’s own healing properties to naturally address issues and achieve results.
What Makes Chiropractic a Healthier Choice than Medications?
- Non-invasive and drug-free therapy
- Helps lower your risk of injury
- Treats the underlying problem
- Manages pain and provides long-term relief
- Strengthens your immune system
- Improves blood circulation
- Reduces overall stress
- All natural and safe with no side effects
Chiropractic massage treatments aim to relax tight and tense muscles, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function and improve circulation, recovery time and immune system function.
Reports have proven that maintenance chiropractic care (treatment at regular intervals regardless of symptoms) is more effective than symptomatic treatment (receiving chiropractic treatment only when you’re experiencing pain).
ACP Guidelines Recommend Non-drug Therapy First for Low Back Pain
The new guidelines provided by the American College of Physicians present the evidence and provide clinical recommendations on non-invasive lower back pain treatment. It highlights the importance of avoiding opioid prescriptions due to their high risk for dependency and overdose. Key recommendations include:
- For chronic back pain, physicians and patients can initially select nondrug measures like tai chi, yoga, chiropractic, and massage before resorting to over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers.
- For acute low back pain that lasts for four weeks or less, try massage, heat, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation or chiropractic.
- Acetaminophen and systemic steroids may not be very effective in treating acute or sub-acute low back pain.
- In cases where patients do not respond to nondrug therapy, doctors can consider the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as first line therapy; or tramadol or duloxetine as second line therapy.
- Opioids should be the last option for treatment and only in patients who have failed other therapies, as they are associated with substantial harms, including the risk of addiction or accidental overdose.
The treatment provided by licensed experienced chiropractors may include passive and isometric stretching technique and massage, providing maximum comfort to patients.