Opioids: The Crisis
Chiropractic Offers Hope
• The #1 cause of disability worldwide is spinal pain.
• The annual cost of pain is $600B. More than heart disease($309B) and cancer($243B) combined.
• Nearly 25% of all opioid prescriptions are given for back pain.
• The Institute of Medicine, FDA, & CDC guidelines all recommend non-opioid and non-pharmacologic approaches as the first line of defense in dealing with chronic pain.
• 1 of 3 Americans Take Opioid Drug
• 1.9 Million Americans are Addicted to Opioid Drugs
•175 people DIE per day from Opioids
•63.4% of Opioid users start because of a physical pain
A baby is born every 25 minutes addicted to opioid drugs (having withdrawals) and it costs $1.5B/year to rehab these babies ($50k per baby) (Journal of Perinatology 2015).
Life Expectancy has declined three years in a row for the first time in 100 years. (due to flu pandemic in 1916-2018). The CDC attributes the drop in life expectancy (2016-2018) to Opioid Use.
CHIROPRACTIC HAS A HUGE ROLE TO PLAY IN COMBATING THIS CRISIS:
According to Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Dec. 2017: Chiropractic Patients shown to use 55% less opioids than non-chiropractic recipients.
What results can I expect from treatment?
Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform as it was meant to.
If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or even just have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear.
Allowing a Chiropractor to get you back on track both chemically and structurally will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at its peak.