Dealing and living with pain is something most of us go through at some point when pursuing our daily activities. Life goes on and sometimes we can’t stop when our back or neck hurts. In pursuit of a pain-free existence, or a life in which pain is substantially reduced, chiropractic should be the first line of defense – before drugs and assorted pain relievers and other assorted medications. Chiropractic care is a holistic way to deal with health issues that bring about pain to joints, tendons and muscles – it can be the best way to help your body to heal.
Our society is plagued with prescription drug issues, including an opioid epidemic. Pain is something that can be dealt with through a chiropractic program that fits individual needs. A chiropractor will assess your medical history in relation to your pain, take tests, refer you to a medical specialist if necessary and tailor a program that suits your unique situation.
Problems and risks associated with high opioid use have resulted in a renewed and urgent spotlight on the chiropractic profession. Many Americans have followed suit and have chosen chiropractic care to deal with their chronic and acute pain. A skilled Fort Lauderdale chiropractor will perform a spinal adjustment, which helps to gauge the overall health of the spine, and from there, will correct problems associated with neck or back pain. Such an adjustment could also benefit you in other areas – it could provide more energy, aid your digestion and improve your metabolism. You will also be asked about your daily activities, the way you sit and work at your job, the way you watch TV or work on your laptop – all of these functions could cause pain and get in the way of leading a healthy life.
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), “a growing body of research validates the effectiveness of chiropractic services, leading many respected health care organizations to recommend chiropractic and its drug-free approach to pain relief.”
For instance, the Journal of the American Medical Association, in a 2013 patient page on low-back pain, suggested patients consider chiropractic treatment before resorting to surgery. In 2015, the Joint Commission, the organization that accredits more than 20,000 health care systems in the U.S. (including every major hospital), recognized the value of non-drug approaches by adding chiropractic to its pain management standard. Most recently, in March 2016, the CDC, in response to the opioid epidemic, released guidelines for prescribing opioids that also promote non-pharmacologic alternatives for the treatment of chronic pain, according to the ACA website, www.acatoday.org.
Moving through all the chores that must be accomplished day by day and week to week means we must be able to function mentally and physically. Pain can get in the way of properly sitting, driving, reaching, pulling, pushing, and walking. In short, it can get in the way of every facet of your lifestyle. Don’t let pain rule the day. Ignore the medication and over-the-counter pills and visit a Ft. Lauderdale chiropractor, who can help you manage your daily life through a program specific to your needs. Let the healing begin!