Dangers of opioid use for pain.

Are you taking opioids or over the counter pain medications to manage your pain? If you are looking for an alternative, Chiropractic care and massage therapy may be your ticket to living pain free without the use of pain killers. While opioid pain medications may be helpful when a person suffers from a temporary injury, the American Medical Association (AMA) urges doctors to avoid their use with patients who suffer from chronic pain. When people use opioids and get pain relief, although unintentionally, this often leads to overuse, abuse, and addiction.

If opioids are used for long term pain management, the user will most likely develop a tolerance to the medication and as a result need to continually increase their dose over time. With Chiropractic care and massage therapy, you can avoid these potential complications by receiving excellent care here in Redmond, OR. Research has shown that manual therapies, including Chiropractic and massage, trigger the natural production of your body’s own opioid production known as endorphins. Increased endorphin production in addition to the reduction in muscle tension and restored joint mobility achieved through chiropractic and massage, people experience less pain without the negative side effects of opioid medications.

Types of opioid medications:

  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl

Side effects of opioid pain medications:

  • Digestive upset including constipation, nausea and vomiting
  • Sedation and dizziness
  • Overuse, abuse and addiction
  • Physical dependence and tolerance
  • Respiratory depression
  • Liver damage

If you suffer from acute or chronic pain and want to avoid the use of addictive medications, call our clinic to schedule an appointment with our Redmond, OR Chiropractor, Naturopathic Doctor, or massage therapists! 541-516-1045.

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