Exposing the Truth Behind Opioids 

 October 16, 2023

By  Dr. Michael J Egan

The truth will set you free. While much of the information about the opioid epidemic is shocking, it’s important to understand how we got here. For example, when we first learned that 35 billion opioids (half of all the distributed pills) were handled by about 15% of pharmacies, it became clear that there was a network of “pill mills” that weren’t concerned about helping people actually find relief from their chronic pain.

 

Chronic pain is a real issue for tens of millions of people each day. In many cases, the answer isn’t found in a pill but rather with a combination of movement-based treatments. Your body heals through motion. Taking medications may provide temporary relief, but they don’t address the cause of your pain. Nearly everyone who takes opioids for an extended time becomes dependent. We think it’s a smart idea to avoid the risks.

 

– In 2016, over 91 million people used prescription opioids

– The rates of emergency department visits involving opioids more than tripled from 1999 to 2013

– Over 16 million people currently suffer from an opioid use disorder

 

The Benefits of Chiropractic

 

Do you know the benefits of chiropractic care? Many people know that chiropractors adjust the body’s joints, but things can get confusing after that. The truth is that chiropractors help your body heal itself through movement-based techniques that influence your body’s nervous system, muscles, and joints.

 

The benefits of chiropractic can extend beyond just your spine. Chiropractors have been trained to work with nearly all the joints in your body. But there is something unique about spinal adjustments. Spinal adjustments have been shown to directly and indirectly, influence your nervous system. Since your nervous system is the master control system of your body, you may experience improvements in function and pain relief that extend beyond the area of your body that is being adjusted.

 

– Spinal adjustments can help relieve pain and improve your body’s function

 

– Chiropractors are trained to treat a variety of conditions that extend beyond your neck and back

 

– Adjustments can influence your neuromusculoskeletal system and provide unexpected benefits beyond pain relief alone

 

 

Next Steps:

 

Whether you are looking to find relief from pain, correct the cause of your health issues, or you’re seeking improvements in function and performance, chiropractic care may be able to help. It’s very common for people with low back pain, headaches, or neck pain to seek chiropractic care. But don’t forget about all of the other joints of your body- we can help there too. And finally, if you’re seeking human performance improvements, you may want to try chiropractic care. There’s a reason chiropractors are a part of every major sports team!

 

Science Source:

 

What are opioids and why are they dangerous? Mayo Clinic. 2018

Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain. 2020

 

Opioid Addiction. Stat Pearls. 2021

 

Healing the Unmet Needs of Patients Suffering from Chronic Pain. 2019

 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. April 2019

Dr. Michael J Egan


Dr. Michael J Egan is the Director of Motion Health Centre and Principal Sports Chiropractor, Registered Trigenics Practitioner and Provider of the Frozen Shoulder Procedure.

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