Chiropractic Care versus Pain Medication

Do you suffer from mild to severe to unbearable pain?  Irrespective of its cause, you may turn to pain relievers.  These are available over-the-counter and by prescription.  Did you know you have other less invasive more natural alternatives?  In fact, pain medication can be one of the worst options to treat your problems.  A much better option is to seek chiropractic care as your first choice.

As nice as it is to hear that chiropractic care is better than pain pills, you may be wondering why.  What proof is there?  Continue reading on for a thorough comparison.  In the end, you will see why in most cases chiropractic care is a better alternative.


Fixing the Problem

Pain medication does not solve the root cause of your problem.  Yes, it does provide relief, but only temporary relief.  Pain medication only conceals the problem.  The problem isn’t gone.  It is still there, waiting and as soon as your pain pills wear off, the pain is likely to return.  If you suffer from repeated headaches, it may be another day before the headache returns, but it will.

Chiropractors address the root cause of the problem.  Yes, they want to treat your pain.  They just go about it in a different way.  They don’t want to cover up the problem, or sweep it under the rug.  Instead, they treat it and by going directly to the source.  For many, this is the neck or spine and connecting joints.  By treating the problem at the source, you will get relief, but that relief should be long-lasting, if not permanent.


Side Effects

Pain relievers have various side effects.  This is particularly true with prescription pain relievers.  These medications can cause upset stomachs, drowsiness, nausea, and more.  Even the smallest side effects can negatively affect our lives.  How can you work if your pain pills make you drowsy?  It will be difficult, if not impossible.  Pain relief should improve your life, not create a whole new set of problems to deal with.

Chiropractic care is all natural.  It involves manual therapies and gentle adjustments.  This is therapy is typically done by hand and is gentle.  Temporary relief is sought with ongoing therapeutic massages, which over time, can lead to long-term relief.  Another form of long-term relief is chiropractic adjustments or realignments.  For example, a patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can get less pain and improved movement with finger joint adjustments or other adjustment to the extremities.



As previously stated, most pain relievers, even over-the-counter pills, have side effects.  If that wasn’t bad enough, there are many other additional risks.  Certain medications can result in an upset stomach but in actual ulcers and bleeding.  This is common with continued and prolonged use.  Some medications interact with others.  Pain medications are risky for children, the elderly, and pregnant or nursing mothers.  Still, people use them and doctors prescribe them because they are unaware of natural alternatives. That however, does not mean these pain medications are safe.

Chiropractic care, as stated above, is natural.  There is no medication given.  The hands provide therapy.  Since there is no medication and no invasive medical procedures, it is safe.  In fact, chiropractic adjustments when provided by a licensed professional are very safe for individuals of all ages.  The old, young, and even pregnant and nursing women can seek relief through this natural form of healthcare.  Really everyone should consider chiropractic in their healthcare choices, as it is safer.



With pain reliever, think long-term.  They only mask the problem, so it is likely to return.  This results in the consumption of more medication.  Not only is this risky, but very costly.  Even with insurance covering the cost of most prescription pain relievers, their costs add up over a period of time.

Many fear the cost of chiropractors.  For starters, insurance typically does cover the cost of most treatment.  Next, continued care is not required in all cases.  Your chiropractor may perform a neck adjustment, have you comeback for a follow-up appointment, and return again to show you helpful at-home techniques to reduce pain.  After that, you may be done.  Three appointments with a chiropractor, even if you pay out-of-pocket, are cheaper than years worth of pain pills.


In short, chiropractic care is not only safer, but less expensive, less invasive, and longer-lasting.  So, the next time you find yourself reaching for pain relievers to treat you pain and discomfort, please stop.  Make an appointment with a local chiropractor.  You may be stunned how easy it is to seek long-lasting or permanent relief.