More Turning to Alternative Therapy for Bad Backs

Treating pain is a top priority, and patients are more likely than ever to turn to alternatives to medications.

Treating pain is a top priority, and patients are more likely than ever to turn to alternatives to medications.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, an increasing number of people are warming up to chiropractic medicine for pain management, for good reason.

The opiate abuse statistics in our state are alarming. The New York Times reported in January that in Ohio, fatal overdoses more than quadrupled in the past decade and by 2007 had surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death, according to the Department of Health

Incredible, and tragic. And preventable.

With 2 out of 3 people experiencing significant low back pain at some point in their lifetimes, treating pain is a top priority. With the opiate crisis in Ohio and around the U.S. gaining more notoriety, people are looking for alternatives to these dangerous prescribed and sometimes abused addictive medications.

Fortunately there are accessible alternatives for relief. Chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, Active Release Techniques and physical therapy instead of medication can all provide relief with better, long term, safe results. 

A recent interview with our own Dr. Ty sheds more light on the increasing popularity of alternative therapies to medications and surgery.  

What is the role of spinal manipulation in treating back pain?

Spinal manipulation allows to restore normal range of motion to a joint that is restricted or stuck. The joint or spinal region isn't moving along its normal plane of motion and so the joint and material within can become stagnant and lead to pain and even premature degeneration.

Any other less traditional therapies that treat back pain?

ART and Acupuncture are also great as they can treat associated soft tissue injuries that accompany joint restrictions. Trigger points, spasm, joint capsule adhesions are just examples of possible things that can be treated by Acupuncture or ART.

Have you encountered any resistance to modalities such as acupuncture and meditation from conventional practitioners? 

 The resistance from primary care MD's is decreasing due to articles like this.

If you're experiencing back pain and would like to explore alternatives to medication, please contact our office so we can help you!