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February 25, 2020

Chiropractic Care Can Help With Opioid Use Disorder

It is no secret that opioid use and addiction is increasing and Michigan residents are affected every day. Recently, the health industry has renamed the crisis in order to bring awareness to the problem. Instead of calling it an “addiction” it is now being referred to as “use disorder.”

No matter how you look at it or what you call it, it desperately needs to be addressed. According to Michigan.gov , in 2018 there were more deaths from drug overdoses than car crashes in Michigan.

Deaths from overdoses: 2,599

Deaths from Opioid Overdoses: 2,036

Deaths from Synthetic Narcotic Overdoses: 1,556 (Including Fentanyl)

Deaths from Heroin Overdoses: 639

Opioids For Pain Management

Often times, people are prescribed an opioid for pain management and then become addicted to them. Opioids were once the “go to” solution for pain, but now they have become a huge problem. Studies show that long-term use of painkillers can actually increase sensitivity to pain.

The solution lies in the continued management of pain with alternative resources like chiropractic care, while implementing measures to reduce the use of opioids.

With this new emphasis on nonpharmacologic options, many patients have found chiropractic care to be the help they need to combat pain without resorting to opioid medications.

Emerging research clearly links chiropractic care to a reduction in opioids use for pain.

Chiropractic Care Fixes the Problem Instead of Masking the Pain

As chiropractors this makes complete sense to us. Painkillers mask the problem but they don’t solve the issues that are causing the pain in the first place. You can take opioids that will reduce the pain for a short while (with a whole host of side effects) or you can fix the problem non-invasively and eliminate the pain all together (with little to no side effects).

Why aren’t more people turning to chiropractic care for pain management?

We aren’t sure exactly, but we we know that a few things are involved.

  • Doctors are more likely to give prescriptions for medication than chiropractic care

  • Some health insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic care

  • Lack of information and awareness of the amazing benefits of chiropractic treatments

We are working to combat all 3 of these issues.

  1. You don’t need a doctor’s prescription or referral for chiropractic care. Typically, you do need a referral for physical therapy, but chiropractic is not the same thing. This may contribute to the confusion.

  2. Moore Life and Healing provides affordable care packages if your insurance does not cover chiro care. We keep it low cost and our different packages that can include several appointments a month that can be shared among family members. Call us for more information: (517) 781-4884

  3. We strive to provide as much information as we can to our patients and the community about the benefits of chiropractic care. Here are a few things we do:

    • Treat the whole body through the Zone Healing Technique

    • Lead book clubs on healthy topics

    • Monthly Wellness Group for Women

    • Participate in the Whole Veterans Act and treat Veterans at little to no cost

    • Participate in local health and wellness events

    • Network around town

    • Partner with other health providers so that we can offer additional resources to our patients

    • Provide healthy and natural supplements

How can we best help you become pain free through a healthy, non-invasive way? We’d love to talk to you!

To find more about Dr. Ryan and Dr. Allyson more and their chiropractic practice and philosophy, click here.

To make an appointment please call (517) 781-4884

If you or a loved one has an opioid use disorder or would like more information please visit Michigan’s

Opioid Resources site.