Chiropractic: The Natural Approach to Back Pain
Chiropractic is based on the concept of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Mel, this involves working to restore your body's normal performance to avoid the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We find that most of our Anchorage patients are happy to find a natural approach for their health issues.
One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are commonly supplied to people who have back soreness. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when prescribed for back pain.
Some of the most popular opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data provided by the AAN mention the fact that approximately half of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic dependency arises.
Contrast that to chiropractic which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a pill might be useful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.
Dr. Mel will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to address the problem -- without risky drugs.
If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Anchorage office a call at (907) 280-9991 to make an appointment with Dr. Mel.
- Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
- What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids