You may not believe this but pain can actually be your friend. Don’t hide what your body is trying to tell you by masking it with long term use of pain killers. Pain is the body’s way of telling us something needs attention and care. This is one of the basic philosophies held by Chiropractors.
There is a danger in medicating pain away, especially over a long period of time. This “band aid” approach can create a false sense of security - you tell yourself, “Oh, the pain is gone, so I must be all right.” Additionally, there is the danger of damaging our bodies with the use of pain medications.
Even over-the-counter pain medications that are perceived as being very mild and safe are not taken without side effects, and they are certainly not meant to be taken over a long period of time. If we overuse them, we may introduce a whole new dangerous health issue into our lives.
The primary problem with treating an ongoing condition with pain medication is that the underlying cause of the pain is never addressed. Over time, use of these medications can even result in an inability to tolerate pain and the need for higher doses. Although effective at elevating your pain tolerance, acetaminophen, for example, is not an anti-inflammatory and, if consumed too often, can cause serious liver damage. As a Gonstead doctor, I work to address chronic pain through spinal manipulation, trigger point therapy and rehabilitation. In numerous studies chiropractic treatments proved to be far more effective than consuming acetaminophen and other medications. These studies have shown that patients who received chiropractic adjustments reported less pain, and an increase in range of motion, strength, and functional capacity.
Chiropractic adjustments can provide longer, more stable results thus improving the overall function of your body. This is achieved without any of the potentially hazardous risks associated with consuming pain-relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be kind to your body and the next time you start to experience some aches and pains, call your chiropractor before you reach for that pain killer! Better yet, call now… PREVENTION IS THE KEY TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS.