A Natural Approach to Back Pain
Chiropractic is based on the concept of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Myers, this means working to restore your body's normal functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgery. We notice that many of our Asheville patients are pleased to find a natural answer for their health issues.
One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are oftentimes supplied to patients who have back pain. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the advantages when administered for back pain.
Some of the most common opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures presented by the AAN cite the fact that about 50% of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and healing, especially if an narcotic addiction occurs.
Contrast that to chiropractic which involves natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a drug might be useful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your injured back; it will only mask the pain.
Dr. Myers will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to correct the problem -- without the need for risky medications.
If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Asheville office a call at (828) 676-0963 to make an appointment with Dr. Myers.
- 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