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.