Painkillers Only Mask the Root Cause of Pain and Problems
Got a headache? Pop a couple of aspirin and you’ll feel better in no time! Feeling miserable during allergy season? Take a couple of antihistamines and your eyes will stop watering so you can enjoy your day. Legs hurting after that 5k fun run? That’s nothing a couple of muscle relaxants can’t fix!
The immediate answer to pain for many people is often to take pills. After all, how bad could over-the-counter painkillers be if they’re readily accessible at virtually every drugstore in America? So a trend develops and a certain way of thinking emerges: “I’m in pain, so the best thing to do is take a pill.”
Unfortunately, this way of thinking often snowballs, and before long, people are popping pills for everything — even the symptoms caused by other forms of medication! What’s even worse is the prospect of tolerance, which quickly develops and renders OTC medications less than effective, even for treating everyday ailments.
For many people, a best case scenario is longterm liver damage from high levels of OTC medications; the worst case scenario being addiction to prescription pills.
Put the pills down!
Let’s rewind for a minute, back to the beginning. Why are people taking painkillers? The answer here is simple: Because they’re experiencing pain in some form or another, and the numbing effects of painkillers alleviate that pain. It seems like a simple solution.
This solution isn’t all it appears to be, however. The fact is, painkillers aren’t alleviating your pain; they’re simply masking it. Sure, those two aspirin might quell the inflammation caused by your plantar fasciitis, but they’re doing nothing to prevent the condition from arising again. In reality, you’re tricking your brain into thinking the condition is gone and the painkillers are masking the pain of an issue that’s sure to persist.
From there, again, it’s a snowball effect. There’s only so long you can mask the pain before it becomes more and more undeniable. What’s often worse is that peripheral conditions can develop while you’re busy trying to cover up the pain. Remember, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right; ignoring it can exacerbate the problem and cause additional ailments to develop as your body tries harder and harder to tell you something is wrong.
Pinpoint the problem
Instead of medicating to resolve chronic pain issues, it’s important to address what’s causing them. Often, this means looking beyond the area of your body that’s affected and deeper, to the root cause. And, almost invariably, this means looking at your spinal health.
Everything from allergies to muscle pain can be traced back to improper spinal alignment, which means medicating for the issue is having no effect on resolving it. Aspirin can’t provide any help in realigning your vertebrae! The truest way to seek relief from chronic pain in many scenarios is to have a chiropractic evaluation.
The next time you’re reaching for the medicine cabinet to quell lower back pain, alleviate a headache, keep allergies at bay, or to simply feel better, ask yourself if you shouldn’t be picking up the phone instead. Consulting with a chiropractor about your spinal health may yield more insight than you ever thought possible regarding chronic pain and ongoing ailments.
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Chiropractic has long been focused on the immune system because it is hardwired to the nervous system. Chiropractic corrects spinal abnormalities called vertebral subluxations, where bones in the spine have shifted out of position, placing pressure on nerves. When that occurs, the nervous system can’t function properly — which in turn affects the immune system. Numerous studies have shown chiropractic’s ability to boost immune function.
Chiropractic can help you feel better. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, contact Dr. Dhanish Patel at Milpitas Spine Center, 408-942-1122 for a complimentary consultation. Dr. Patel and his dedicated team of chiropractors and therapists are focused on whole body wellness. They are dedicated to giving your body the support and care it needs to heal.