Chiropractic: The Natural Approach to Back Pain
Chiropractic is centered on the philosophy of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Mark Holland, this involves working to restore your body's natural functioning to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We notice that most of our North County, St. Louis, MO patients are happy to find a natural solution for their health issues.
One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Medications are oftentimes supplied to people who have back soreness. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the benefits when administered for back pain.
Some of the most popular opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures supplied by the AAN mention the fact that about 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, especially if an opiate dependency occurs.
Contrast that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the benefits are clear. While a medication might be helpful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.
Dr. Mark Holland will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to eliminate the spinal interference -- without any risky medications.
If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our North County, St. Louis, MO office a call at (314) 867-8888 to make an appointment with Dr. Mark Holland.
- Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
- What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids