The Opioid Crisis has Reached its Boiling Point

For years, Ideal Spine has preached chiropractic as a safer alternative to prescription painkillers for those living with chronic pain. Now, after more than a decade of momentum, the opioid crisis has come to a head. More than ever, people need to break free from opioid dependence and address their chronic pain, instead of masking it. Chiropractic is well-positioned to help.

A landmark ruling in the opioid crisis

In April 2019, the first precedent for opioid manufacturer liability was handed down in Oklahoma courts. Purdue Pharma, makers of Oxycontin, settled with the court system to the tune of $270 million for misrepresenting the addictive nature of its brand-name painkiller. The company chose to settle rather than face as many as 2,300 lawsuits, spanning 23 states.

Based on the settlement amount alone, this settlement is a drop in the bucket. What’s more important is the precedent set. Purdue Pharma and its Oxycontin painkiller are just two of the many players in the opioid crisis. In this David vs. Goliath legal battle, David has prevailed—giving those affected by opioid addiction grounds to pursue other Goliaths and their addictive prescriptions.

Alternative treatments surge

Despite the landmark settlement, the opioid crisis is anything but new. It’s been front-page news for the better part of a decade. As such, people living with chronic pain have begun shying away from conventional prescription medications. Instead, they’ve begun exploring alternative therapies. Anecdotal evidence suggests it’s been effective to some degree, since demand for alternative healing is higher than ever before.

At the forefront is chiropractic—particularly Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). A marriage of evidence-based therapy and traditional chiropractic adjustment techniques, it’s a modality people have come to trust for incremental, measurable results.

Where painkillers and prescription opioids suppressed pain and covered symptoms, CBP and other chiropractic modalities strive to treat the source of pain. Misalignment of the spine. Compressed nerves. Strained muscle groups. These are some of the core causes of chronic pain and the focus of chiropractic adjustments. Through routine adjustment, pain patients may be able to actively correct the condition causing them grief, instead of masking and/or unintentionally aggravating it.

Post-painkiller recourse

As the assault on opioid addiction continues, chiropractors nationwide need to position themselves alongside sobriety. Patients kicking an opioid addiction or those refusing prescription painkillers will be looking for answers to their pain. It’s important for chiropractors to be transparent about their abilities and their course of action in addressing chronic conditions.

It starts with education. What is chiropractic? How can adjustments improve health beyond the spine? How does a chiropractor trace symptoms to a root cause? Taking the time to explain chiropractic and the CBP approach to diagnosis and treatment gives credence to the practice. More importantly, it gives people hope in an era when the conventional solution is now the most harmful: Prescription pain medication.

Ideal Spine advocates individualized patient care using holistic, measured practices. Through CBP, we encourage incremental treatment aimed at restoring wellness and wellbeing to people suffering from chronic pain. In a time when the opioid crisis has reached its boiling point, we see the need for chiropractic like never before.

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.

Sport Specialization May be Causing Long-Term Problems for Athletes

Sports are part of many kids lives from the time they’re old enough to walk until they reach college age. A few lucky ones even go on to play professionally in some capacity. And while parents scramble to help their child become the best athlete possible in their formative years, forcing them to focus on one sport may be doing more harm than good.

Conditions like tennis elbow (epicondylitis) or runner’s knee (Chondromalacia) are aptly named because they’re common to a single sport. The same movements put ongoing stress on the same parts of the body, leading to strains, sprains, and tears. At Ideal Spine, we strive to help parents and budding athletes realize the value in practicing many sports, instead of specializing.

Specialization is limiting

Consider a sport like baseball. Throwing, catching, and swinging are all unique motions a player may go through hundreds of times per game. So, of course, this is where they’re focus their training. They’ll lift weights to work their chest, core, arms, shoulders, and back. They’ll stretch out to these motions. Ultimately, a baseball player needs to isolate a majority of their training to these same areas, so they’re ready when game-time comes.

But this is a double-edged sword. Problems are quick to develop in two ways.

First, overwork. Training the same muscles and isolating the same movements can cause everything from tendonitis to muscle strains and tears. All it takes is one throw too far or a swing that’s off-kilter to force these muscles into the red, causing injury.

Second, is underutilization of other muscle groups and motions. A baseball player may not focus too much on strengthening their calves or practicing dexterous footwork. This leaves them open to something like an Achilles tear.

Long-term ramifications

Even if an athlete is lucky enough to avoid injury, specialization is still problematic in the long run. Overwork and isolation in certain areas of the body leave these areas compromised later in life. Someone who has thrown 5,000 pitches in their young career may develop range of motion issues in their shoulder in just a few shorts years after playing. The more duress put on the body, the more it’ll compensate by altering natural biomechanics.

Why cross training is the answer

The answer to preventing athletic injuries isn’t to stop playing sports. It’s to cross train. Enroll kids in complementary sports that encourage total body conditioning and offset muscle groups. Playing soccer in the spring and baseball in the fall trains the upper and lower body, while giving both time to rest in the offseason. Track and field meets volleyball. Football complements swimming. The body gets exposure to total training, for optimal balance.

Ideal Spine also advocates a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) maintenance schedule, to offset the stress of intense training. Addressing things like range of motion restriction and areas of inflammation, CBP may aid in recovery, helping cross-training athletes avoid injury and maintain their athletic prowess.

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.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods Could be What’s Missing from a Well-Rounded Treatment Plan

Although they are known for solving problems related to the alignment and physiology of the spine, chiropractors do much more than simply provide adjustments. Each individual patient should receive a personalized treatment plan that covers aspects apart from what occurs in the chiropractic office, including at-home pain relief, stretches, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments.

Without all these aspects, a treatment plan may not prove to be successful. At Ideal Spine, we urge chiropractic professionals to understand the importance of incorporating numerous treatment opportunities into their patients’ plans for the best results.

One aspect often overlooked in treatment plans is diet. The food the patient eats could cause inflammatory responses that cause or worsen pain in the neck, back, pelvis, and more. Adding anti-inflammatory foods to a treatment plan could improve sensations of pain, mobility, and comfort during chiropractic treatment.

The role of chronic inflammation in pain

Inflammation is a normal body response that helps mitigate infection and heal damaged tissues. Unfortunately, too much inflammation can change from helpful to harmful. Chronic inflammation has been linked to a variety of health problems in the long term, but it can also cause short-term issues like reduced mobility and pain.

Chiropractic may help alleviate some inflammation and improve the symptoms that occur alongside inflammation. However, this is often not enough, as chronic inflammation can be worsened by many lifestyle factors, including stress, sleep, and diet.

Changing one’s diet from being filled with proinflammatory foods to being filled with anti-inflammatory foods may help mitigate chronic inflammation throughout the body over time. Paired with the more immediate relief potentially provided by chiropractic, nutritional changes may help relieve pain and reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medications.

Top anti-inflammatory foods

Some foods are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Increasing these types of foods in your diet, while simultaneously cutting out foods that increase inflammatory responses like sugar, may help reduce inflammation and, by extension, pain.

  • Fatty fish: Fatty fish are some of the best anti-inflammatory foods because they contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids help combat other acids in the body that promote inflammation. Salmon, sardines, and herring are a few examples of anti-inflammatory-rich fish.
  • Green tea: Green tea contains an antioxidant compound (also called a catechin) called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG is known to bolster the immune system as well as help reduce inflammation.
  • Dark, leafy greens: Dark, leafy vegetables like collards, kale, and spinach contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids and antioxidants, both of which help combat inflammatory responses.
  • Turmeric: The popular spice, turmeric, has been shown to contain a variety of healing substances, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, is believed to be the main source of the spice’s health benefits.
  • Nuts: Most nuts, as well as seeds, contain omega-3 fatty acids and other anti-inflammatory compounds. Eating a handful of nuts and seeds as a snack each day may reduce inflammation and also have other health benefits.

In addition to adding anti-inflammatory foods to the diet, people suffering from chronic inflammation should also reduce consumption of proinflammatory foods such as red meat, margarine, and refined carbohydrates.

At Ideal Spine, we teach chiropractic professionals how to treat patients holistically, using a combination of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques and at-home treatments for well-rounded care. Contact us today to learn more about our methods.

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.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is Proof Back Surgery is a Last Resort

In the case of chronic back pain, patients don’t always believe they have a lot of choice. When faced with persistent aches and pains and the desire to avoid long-term painkiller use, conventional medicine typically suggests that patients undergo back surgery to stabilize and rectify the back problem. Unfortunately, back surgery isn’t always the miraculous cure patients expect it to be.

Back surgery is extremely invasive and expensive, and it may even cause more problems than it solves in the end. This is the case with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Rather than encourage patients to pursue invasive surgery, the spinal experts at Ideal Spine urge patients to pursue alternative treatment methods and treat back surgery as a last resort.

What is failed back surgery syndrome?

The term “failed back surgery syndrome” represents the experience many patients have in which they continue to experience back pain even after spinal surgery. The pain may be a continuation of pain from before surgery or new pain caused by an additional spinal problem.

FBSS is not necessarily indicative of a problem with the surgical procedure itself. The unfortunate truth is that back surgery is not 100 percent effective, and the problem causing pain may not even be able to be fixed through surgery.

In many cases, the root cause of a patient’s pain is not properly identified before surgery or is unable to be rectified through surgery because it encompasses many parts. Surgery is most likely to fix singular, easily identified problems such as an unstable joint or a pinched nerve. However, other problems that cause back pain may not be alleviated through surgery comprehensively or at all.

Because back surgery is so invasive and can have a long recovery period, it can be extremely frustrating for patients with back pain to discover that their pain has not been alleviated after the fact. Sometimes, the patient is unable to undergo another surgery for quite some time and must instead live with the pain.

Using chiropractic as an alternative to surgery

For these reasons, it is advisable for patients with back pain to seek alternative methods of treatment prior to exploring back surgery as an option. Chiropractic care is one alternative that may help patients manage chronic pain in a non-invasive and gentle way.

Chiropractic care may alleviate discomfort or pain caused by a variety of spinal problems, including pinched nerves, bulging discs, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, and more. Chiropractic treatment plans may use a variety of methods in a comprehensive approach to potentially provide back pain relief, increased mobility, and strength. These may include Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques like adjustments, as well as physical therapy, massage, and at-home treatments.

Additionally, chiropractic is safe for long-term treatment, meaning patients may return over time if new problems with the spine develop, as is common with spinal degeneration or compression issues.

Due to back surgery’s high risk for complications and FBSS, back surgery should be treated as a last resort after exhausting other potentially effective treatment methods. Chiropractors who are trained in the Ideal Spine methods should encourage patients to seek alternative treatments, including chiropractic, in order to reduce the risk for continued pain after invasive surgery.

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.