It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin. Unfortunately, the story of an individual being legally prescribed opioid pain medication and later becoming addicted to heroin is becoming more common as these drugs grow in popularity. Luckily, States like New Jersey, have recognized that educating patients on the associated risks of opioid use is key to deterring the use of these medications. If medications come with such high risks, what other options are available? There are numerous holistic options available for pain management. However, chiropractic has been shown to be comparable to medication in reducing pain and increasing functional outcomes in patients.

Chiropractic care looks to find the cause of the problem rather than just dulling the symptoms. Pain will only occur under two circumstances, increase in heat (inflammation) or growth in pressure. When injuries occur, whether from an accident or chronic physical stress, our muscles, ligaments, and joints will undergo certain changes, and inflammation will occur. Inflammation occurs to allow the body to heal the damaged area at a cellular level. Unfortunately, our bodies will get stuck in a cycle of inflammation, which leads to a cycle of chronic pain. Chiropractic care will not only help the body heal from the changes that have occurred but will also address the cause of the problem. By breaking the cycle of inflammation, healing can occur thus decreasing the chances of recurring injuries.

For pain management, the most important question is, how does chiropractic care help reduce pain?

Chiropractic care will address all aspects of the injury. Chiropractors are trained to deal with injuries of the muscles, ligaments, and joints. If the muscles are injured, chiropractors can use various techniques to reduce spasm and inflammation. Some of these techniques include massage, stretching, percussion, Kinesio taping, and instrument assisted soft-tissue. Chiropractors are trained to assess the joints of the spine and extremities to ensure that the joint can move in its full range of motion (ROM). If the chiropractor deems the joint to be hypo-mobile or stuck, the chiropractor will put a force through the joint to increase the mobility or motion of the joint.

In chiropractic, we call this thrust an adjustment. Besides decreasing inflammation, chiropractic has been shown to decrease the pain perceived by the brain. This means that chiropractic literally blocks pain.

If you would like to learn about how chiropractic can help with your pain management needs, please call Intrinsic Chiropractic of New Jersey to setup an evaluation with Dr. Anthony Walko. Our office prides itself on providing patients with top quality service, which includes excellent treatment and education on the conditions you or your loved one may be suffering with.

Intrinsic Chiropractic of New Jersey is conveniently located in Westwood, New Jersey and is currently accepting new patients. Call today to make an appointment.

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[2] https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2016/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse#_ftn2

[3] Hurwitz, Eric L. “The relative impact of chiropractic vs. medical management of low back pain on health status in a multispecialty group practice.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics 17.2 (1994): 74-82.

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Posted by Dr. Anthony Walko