The Dangers of Masking Back Pain with Painkillers
You’ve had a hard, long day at work. You come home exhausted. Now you have to cook dinner, do the dishes, and put the kids to bed. But back pain is preventing you from moving at your normal speed. Not to mention that it’s constantly distracting you from the tasks at hand.
Most people in this situation would pop a few painkillers and be on their way. These may be the over-the-counter variety or prescription drugs. Soon thereafter, you’re feeling better. Problem solved, right?
Wrong. Although there’s nothing inherently problematic with occasionally taking painkillers, over time you can develop a dependency on them. In fact, as many as 4.7 million Americans are addicted to painkillers.
Instead of masking the problem, get to the root of it with the expert advice and treatment available at Symmetry Health Center of Alameda, Oakland, and Berkeley, CA.
The problem with painkillers
One major problem with using painkillers is that they may actually worsen the underlying problem. So the solution may be worse than the problem itself!
This occurs when you ignore the compressed nerves in your spine that are causing the back pain in the first place. Because the spinal column is the core of your central nervous system, compressed spinal nerves can lead to everything from weight gain to loss of movement. Addressing those compressed nerves is key.
Painkiller addiction is another major issue. The body builds up a tolerance to medication, so you have to keep taking more and more to alleviate the problem. The body also stops creating natural pain-stopping endorphins, as it expects that opiates will do the job instead.
Reducing or stopping painkiller intake becomes a problem because of withdrawal symptoms, such as:
- Stomach pain;
- Restlessness and twitching;
- Joint and back pain.
These symptoms can last for as long as three weeks and make it very difficult to kick the addiction.
Chiropractic care: a natural solution to back pain
Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication will temporarily provide relief. But to solve the problem, it’s necessary to address the underlying cause.
A trained chiropractor will take a full medical history and complete an examination. Then the chiropractor will discuss treatment options with you. These often include:
- Spinal adjustments. These are essential to address issues such as bulging or herniated discs. When the spine is properly aligned, nerve signals flow uninterrupted through the body.
- Lifestyle changes. These often include a healthier diet and more exercise.
- Staying active. A sedentary lifestyle that involves being hunched over a computer for most of the day is guaranteed to lead to back pain. Regular movement and stretching is essential to reverse the damage of sitting.
Are you tired of experiencing back or neck pain? Don’t go to the medicine cabinet for another pill. Instead, turn to the trusted team at Symmetry Health Center in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda, CA. Our team uses Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a scientifically proven system that works to help you alleviate chronic back pain. Call today for a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.