Chiropractic is based on the principle of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Mark Holland, this involves working to reestablish your body's healthy functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We see that many of our North County, St. Louis, MO patients are happy to find a natural solution for their health issues.
One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of drugs. Medications are commonly supplied to people who have back problems. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the advantages when administered for back pain.
Some of the most popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Statistics presented by the AAN mention the fact that about 50% of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and healing, especially if an narcotic dependency arises.
Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a drug might be helpful at briefly reducing the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your damaged spine; it will only mask the pain.
Dr. Mark Holland will first examine you to get to the root of your back problems and then work with you to solve the problem -- without the need for risky medications.
If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our North County, St. Louis, MO office a call at (314) 867-8888 to make an appointment with Dr. Mark Holland.