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.