The Opioid Crisis has Peaked: Chiropractic is More Important than Ever

The opioid crisis isn’t a new story. It’s been raging for the better part of a decade, growing more severe and deadly with each passing year. Now, it seems as though it’s finally come to a head.

Not only are opioid prescriptions on crackdown, harder and harder to get from responsible doctors, landmark lawsuits about opioid distribution are beginning to set precedent. Huge names like Allergan and Johnson & Johnson are paying out millions to families affected by addiction, death, and medication abuse. More lawsuits are on the horizon.

At the forefront of it all is a generation of people who are well aware of the detriment of opioids. They’ve seen what addiction does and are more educated about how to care for their bodies. These people are turning to alternative medicine for relief from pain, starting with chiropractic.

Ideal Spine recognizes that now, more than ever before, is the time to provide education to people seeking opioid-free relief from pain. That includes education about chiropractic process, emphasis on evidence-based treatment, and setting expectation for patients trusting chiropractic over prescriptions.

Dispelling myths, setting expectations

The opioid crisis has disillusioned traditional medicine for many people. This is both a good and bad thing. On the good side, many people have taken their health into their own hands, leading healthier lives to minimize their exposure to the medical community. On the bad side, many people also turn to the internet for diagnosis, which is often detrimental to their health.

In the middle of all this are people seeking answers from alternative medicine. They consult massage therapists about aches and pains. They work with acupuncturists to restore homeostasis and balance. Most importantly, they trust chiropractors to help them maintain spine health.

But there are a lot of misconceptions and myths out there about alternative medicine – especially chiropractic. They range from outrageous medical claims, to doubts about the efficacy of spinal manipulations. Welcoming patients to alternative medicine means being a foremost source of authority on validating what’s true, dispelling myths, and setting expectations.

Addressing the person, not the symptoms

Many people seeking relief from chronic pain are shunning opioids. But that means they’re looking for answers elsewhere. They’re often seeking the convenience of a pill, with the personalized treatment they’d get from a clinical practitioner. This puts chiropractors in a precarious spot.

The best way to validate patients and help them on the path to wellness is through a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. It combines the personalized process of patient care with evidence-based treatment. It gives pain patients the approach the need to hopefully make meaningful progress toward a pain-free life. Expert adjustments. At-home exercises and self-care. Referrals to various therapies. They all come together within the scope of a CBP plan to bring holistic relief to a patient. And, in the process, educate patients more about their pain, their spine, and their lifestyle.

A future without opioids

We’re still a long way from the end of the opioid crisis. But we’re taking strides toward ending it. As more people understand the dangers of opioids and the potential benefits of alternative healing, the tide continues to shift in the right direction.

Ideal Spine encourages chiropractors to welcome new patients with open arms and realistic expectations. They’ve already made the hardest decision – turning away relief in the form of an opioid prescription. Now, it’s your turn to validate that decision through the delivery of exceptional patient care. It starts with CBP.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Testing for Spinal Stenosis to Achieve an Accurate Diagnosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition that requires a definite diagnosis. Misdiagnosing or treating only the symptoms puts the long-term spinal health of patients in danger. Likewise, not being aggressive enough with treatment does little to bring relief to someone suffering from a narrowing of the spinal canal.

Ideal Spine preaches the importance of accurate diagnosis for any chronic condition, but for stenosis especially. Thankfully, achieving an accurate diagnosis is easy when following the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach to qualifying symptoms.

Patient questioning

Regardless of presentation, patients should always be interviewed about their symptoms. Palpation of the spine and other testing yields important information, but few things give insight like a patient’s answers to targeted questions.

Based on the condition profile of spinal stenosis, chiropractors can ask a battery of questions to better qualify the condition and the severity of presenting symptoms. Some of the questions to ask patients include:

  • Do you have any pain, numbness, tingling, or a combination of all three?
  • Can you describe the nature, frequency, and severity of the sensation?
  • Where, specifically, do these sensations occur and for how long?
  • What types of posture changes stimulate the sensation (sitting, standing, laying)?
  • Do you notice any cramps or muscle spasms affiliated with the sensation?

There’s tremendous insight in how patients perceive and explain their pain. But more than just these specific pain-related questions, chiropractors can and should ask lifestyle questions as well.

  • What level of activity do you have each day?
  • How often do you sit or stand for long periods of time?
  • What is the nature of your work?
  • Do you smoke or take illicit drugs?
  • What does your daily diet look like?

The patient profile a chiropractor is able to glean from this questioning is key in aligning stenosis symptoms with manifestations.

Imaging and assessment

Most chiropractors value imaging by itself, because it has the best chance at showing stenosis – especially if there are historical spine x-rays on file to show the progression. But what makes imaging valuable is the patient profile established from questioning.

X-rays should support the nature and location of pain described by the patient. It should also show signs of their lifestyle. This not only helps qualify spinal stenosis, but also rule it out to prevent a misdiagnosis.

Movement testing

With support for a stenosis diagnosis evident in the patient profile and on radiological imaging, chiropractors can perform movement testing to distinguish their diagnosis. If standing erect or walking without a forward lean are difficult for the patient, it’s yet another sign of stenosis. Likewise, a battery of range-of-motion exercises in the lumbar and thoracic spine can confirm the restrictions commonly caused by stenosis.

Make a confident diagnosis

Simply observing patients or palpating without imaging risk the integrity of a spinal stenosis diagnosis. Because conditions like peripheral vascular disease, trochanter burstis, and hip-spine syndrome all mimic stenosis, misdiagnosis affects the entire course of treatment.

Ideal Spine advocates a procedural approach to diagnosing spinal stenosis. Using the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) methodology, a stenosis diagnosis may be more accurately achieved, with emphasis put on formulating a unique, patient-based treatment plan for managing it.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Back Pain Management is Key in Reducing the Risk of Chronic Depression

Chronic back pain is a growing problem in adults across the nation. Caused by many underlying problems – and sometimes no identified problem at all – chronic pain can affect all aspects of daily life, physically and emotionally.

Finding a way to manage back pain is crucial for providing chronic pain patients comfort and ease. But treatments like pain medication and surgery are invasive and often detrimental. Using Ideal Spine’s Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques, regular chiropractic may be a critical aspect in back pain management. A chief goal is to reduce the patient’s risk of developing depression.

The link between depression and chronic pain

Research shows people with chronic pain are likely to suffer from a mood disorder like anxiety or depression. The reverse is also true – people with depression may suffer from worsened symptoms of pain.

Chronic pain can contribute to depression in many ways. Most notably, persistent feelings of pain are enough to bring someone down, worsening feelings of hopelessness and sadness.

Chronic pain is considered pain that lasts longer than six months or longer than an injury normally takes to heal. Experiencing pain for this amount of time or longer can be physically and mentally draining.

Chronic pain is also known to make people feel isolated and misunderstood, driving a wedge between the patient and their family and friends. On top of that, chronic pain can make it difficult to sleep, accomplish daily tasks, or even concentrate. All these things can lead to or worsen feelings of depression.

Chiropractic plays a key role in pain management

Fortunately, there are options for people with chronic pain to manage their back pain long term. One of these is chiropractic.

Chiropractic care offers the benefits of being non-invasive and gentle with few side effects. It is often a much more conservative option than pain medications or invasive surgery, and can be used as a long-term form of treatment. Even if the patient has not shown signs of depression, back pain management techniques like chiropractic play an important role in preventing a mood disorder later on.

Patients with chronic pain may benefit from a comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan, incorporating adjustments, massage, stretches, and physical therapy. Through manual manipulations and targeted massage or exercise, chiropractors may be able to rebalance the body and open up pathways to promote proper blood and nutrient flow.

Together, these things may improve mobility and healing, while reducing day-to-day pain. This, in turn, may contribute to a reduced risk of depressive symptoms.

Depressive conditions require constant care

While chiropractic may offer pain management solutions, chronic pain patients should also use other methods to treat both back pain and depression. These may include at-home pain relief, exercise, meditation, cognitive therapy, and support groups.

Ideal Spine provides chiropractors with the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) training they need to most effectively treat patients with spinal and biomechanical problems. If you are a patient suffering from chronic back pain, seek out a CBP-certified chiropractor to discuss treatment options. It’s enlightening to learn what chiropractic may do to help both your body and mind!

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Shifted Hips Require Conservative Realignment from a Chiropractor

A growing portion of the population is suffering from chronic hip and back pain. Shifted hips stem from a variety of underlying issues, including sedentary lifestyles causing anterior pelvic shifts, overuse due to sports or labor, arthritis, osteoporosis, pinched nerves, and more.

Patients with hip pain are often told they need surgery to fix their problems. However, chiropractic is a much more conservative and non-invasive approach to treating pain in these areas. At Ideal Spine, we provide chiropractors with the expertise to treat hip pain using chiropractic adjustments, realignment, and massage.

Chiropractors must use careful, varied techniques when approaching shifted hip and hip pain due to the complex nature of the area. When done properly, these techniques may alleviate the patient’s symptoms without the need for pain medications or surgery.

The problem with shifted hips

When hips fall out of alignment, they have the potential to cause widespread problems in the body. Because they support much of the body’s weight and facilitate extensive movement, the hips must be balanced to allow for proper mobility without compensation from other body parts, including the lower back and legs.

Shifted hips often cause pain in the lower back, hips, and legs by altering the gait and range of motion of these areas. Hip problems may also cause symptoms of sciatica.

The hip joints, pelvic bones, muscles, and ligaments may all contribute to hip shifting and pain.

Chiropractic for hip pain

Persistent hip pain is often met with the recommendation for hip surgery by doctors. But surgery is invasive, expensive, and difficult to recover from. People with shifted hips should seek non-invasive treatment options first to minimize their risks.

Chiropractic is a great first option for people suffering from hip pain and other problems related to misaligned hips. It’s conservative, non-invasive, and gradual.

Through Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques focused on rebalancing the body, chiropractors may help reposition the hips. Manual manipulation and mobilization therapy may improve flexibility, strength, and positioning of the hips to promote balance and realignment.

A combination of adjustments to the hip joints and joints in the spine, as well as massage therapies to loosen tight muscles that may cause tightness and shifted hips, may help bring the body back into balance. Once the hips are realigned and can move freely as intended, the problems of hip pain may be resolved.

Complex remedies for a serious condition

Working on shifted hips is not quite as simple as working on the lumbar spine. There are many joints, muscles, and other tissue structures to consider during hip realignment. The treatment process may be less straightforward and require more time.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, chiropractors should offer their patients ways to improve hip mobility at home. This includes stretches, postures, and exercises that help prevent the hips from shifting out of alignment.

Ideal Spine emphasizes treating pain at its source, which is often rooted in the way biomechanical systems relate to each other. By using chiropractic techniques to realign the spine and hips, the body may be able to move more freely and remain balanced and strong.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.