A 2011 report from the National Institutes of Health revealed that approximately 76 million people across the United States are living with chronic pain. Of those, a full 60% report having lived with it for more than a year. Neck pain, headaches and migraines, and lower back pain are the most common types of pain with which people suffer.
The most common treatment for this pain is medication, whether over-the-counter or prescription medications such as opioids, NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory drugs), and triptans. These solutions certainly bring symptom relief, but they’re also temporary, and in a world where opioid abuse is a growing problem, many wonder if there’s another solution.
Chiropractic Care for Pain Management
For many people, there is another possibility which doesn’t just treat symptoms, but the whole problem. Chiropractic care for pain management has been around for hundreds of years, but is only recently catching on.
People are starting to have concerns about prescription drugs for pain treatment, due to the dangerous potential side effects of medication. Aside from the obvious abuse and addiction issues that go with opioids, there are also problems that can arise related to hormone imbalance, digestive distress, infertility, depression, anxiety and other emotional illness, a weakened immune system, liver toxicity and more.
The Benefits of Chiropractic
Chiropractic care carries a range of benefits. First, it’s completely safe and non-invasive, and it doesn’t involve drugs at all. This means there’s no surgery, no needles, and no chemicals involved. It’s all-natural. The chiropractor who treats you is a trained and licensed medical professional who goes through years of educational training to perform treatments.
A chiropractor seeks to correct the actual problem at the root of your pain, not just treat symptoms. This means it carries the benefit of a permanent alleviation of pain rather than one that lasts for a few hours and then requires another pill. It works in conjunction with exercise and healthy lifestyle choices to change your whole way of living to allow you a healthier life overall.
How Chiropractic Works
When you visit your chiropractor for the first time, you’ll get a complete examination and review of your medical history. This will allow the chiropractor to discover if there are any subluxations, or spinal misalignments, that could be responsible for your pain. When your spine is out of alignment, the bones can place pressure on the nerves they’re supposed to protect, which means the brain can’t communicate well with the body. This leads to pain and illness.
By adjusting your spine to correct these subluxations, the chiropractor restores your body to its ideal function, alleviating your pain without the need for drugs.
For over 8 years, ACT Wellness has been the leading provider of chiropractic care for pain management in Woodbridge and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to help the people of this region live a happy, healthy and pain free life. If you’d like more information on pain management and chiropractic care, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.