Got back pain? Try this before grabbing those painkillers!

Are you suffering from back pain? You’re not alone. Up to 85% of the working population will experience back pain at least once in a lifetime. But what if you’re living with chronic back pain? Where can you turn for help? For too many of us, prescription painkillers like opioids are the first line of defence against chronic pain, but there is a whole world of non-pharma options that may be able to help.

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and the American College of Physicians suggest trying various treatments or therapies that can be offered by chiropractors, like spinal manipulation, exercise, and other non-drug therapies. These alternatives are non-addictive and can even be more effective in reducing your pain and getting you back to your regular life!

Consider chiropractic as your first line of defence against pain. Here are just some of the treatment options chiropractors may provide:

1. It’s time for an adjustment 

Spinal Manipulation: Chiropractors deliver precise adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine to help you get moving smoothly and feel less tension.

2. All hands on deck 

Multidisciplinary Rehab: Pain can affect us in many ways, and the starting point isn’t always clear. Work with multiple health care providers to address the physical, psychological and social or occupational factors contributing to your pain.

3. Movement is Key 

Exercise: Chiropractors can prescribe exercise to help improve function and reduce your pain. Once the initial pain subsides, specific exercise programs may help you avoid future flare-ups!

4. Change your focus 

Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction: Reduce your stress by changing how your brain processes pain. Meditation, breathing exercises and body awareness techniques can help you change the way you experience pain.

5. Pinpoint the issue 

Acupuncture is a technique where fine needles are inserted into specific areas of the body to address pain and function. Many chiropractors are trained to offer acupuncture along with a variety of other treatment options.

If you’re looking for pain relief without putting yourself at the risk of opioid dependence, visit our Chiropractor Locator to find a chiropractor near you!