Natural Pain Relief Alternatives to Opioids

The opioid crisis has cast a long, dark shadow over the healthcare landscape, becoming an epidemic of both numbers and individual tragedies. This crisis affects families, communities, and the very core of our society. As the scale of this issue continues to escalate, the imperative for alternative methods of pain relief has never been more urgent.

With a multitude of pain management options, chiropractic care shines as a beacon of hope. Particularly at A Chiropractic Wellness Place, under the expert guidance of Dr. Mark Chiungos, this natural, effective, and holistic approach offers a compelling alternative to the often dangerous path of opioid use.

The Opioid Crisis: A Brief Overview

The numbers are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50,000 people in the United States died from opioid-involved overdoses in 2019 alone. That’s approximately 130 lives lost every single day.

The physical and psychological toll of long-term opioid use is immense. It’s not just about the risk of overdose; opioids can lead to a myriad of health issues, including liver damage, respiratory distress, and severe constipation, to name a few.

Beyond the individual, the opioid crisis has a ripple effect that impacts our economy and society at large. The Council of Economic Advisers estimates that in 2018, the economic burden of the opioid crisis was $696 billion, or 3.4% of GDP. This includes healthcare costs, lost productivity, and criminal justice system expenses. The social fabric is also eroded as families are torn apart and communities are plagued by the stigma and crime associated with addiction.

The Limitations of Opioid Use for Pain Relief

Opioids may offer immediate relief, but their efficacy is often short-lived. This creates a vicious cycle where the patient becomes reliant on frequent doses, leading to increased tolerance and, ultimately, the need for higher dosages to achieve the same level of pain relief.

The side effects of opioids are not to be taken lightly. They range from mild inconveniences like drowsiness and digestive issues to severe complications such as addiction. The latter is particularly concerning, as it can lead to a downward spiral affecting every aspect of a person’s life.

The most harrowing limitation of opioid use is the risk of overdose and death. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, and over 10 percent develop an opioid use disorder. This grim reality underscores the urgent need for safer, more sustainable alternatives for managing pain.

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care has its roots in the late 19th century, founded on the principle that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. This form of healthcare focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure, primarily the spine, and its function. Dr. Mark Chiungos at A Chiropractic Wellness Place embodies this philosophy, offering a range of treatments designed to promote natural healing.

Chiropractic care is not a one-size-fits-all solution; it’s a spectrum of treatments tailored to individual needs. Among the most common are spinal adjustments, decompression therapy, and laser therapy. Spinal adjustments involve precise manipulation to improve spinal function and alleviate pain. Decompression therapy can relieve pressure on spinal discs, and laser therapy uses light to accelerate the body’s healing process.

The science behind chiropractic care is compelling. Spinal adjustments, for instance, can alleviate pain by restoring proper alignment, thus improving nerve function and reducing inflammation. At “A Chiropractic Wellness Place,” Dr. Mark Chiungos employs these techniques with a high degree of expertise, offering patients a natural pathway to pain relief without the risks associated with opioids.

How Chiropractic Care Works for Pain Relief

The Science Behind Spinal Adjustments and Other Treatments

Spinal adjustments are more than just a “crack” or “pop.” They have carefully calculated movements that aim to realign the vertebrae, thereby improving nerve function and reducing inflammation. This, in turn, facilitates better communication between the brain and the rest of the body, allowing for natural healing. Dr. Mark Chiungos at A Chiropractic Wellness Place employs these scientific principles to offer targeted, effective pain relief.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say. Numerous case studies and testimonials from patients treated at A Chiropractic Wellness Place attest to the effectiveness of chiropractic care. From chronic back pain to tension headaches, patients often report significant improvements, not just in their symptoms but also in their overall quality of life.

Comparison of Recovery Times and Long-term Benefits vs. Opioids

When it comes to recovery times and long-term benefits, chiropractic care often outshines opioids. While opioids merely mask the pain, chiropractic treatments aim to resolve the underlying issues. This leads to more sustainable relief and often quicker recovery times. Moreover, the holistic approach of chiropractic care offers long-term benefits that extend beyond mere symptom relief, including improved posture, increased mobility, and enhanced overall well-being.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care Over Opioids

One of the most compelling benefits of chiropractic care is the absence of the risk of addiction. Unlike opioids, which can lead to dependency and a host of other problems, treatments at A Chiropractic Wellness Place offer a safer path to pain relief.

Chiropractic care is not just about treating symptoms; it’s about treating the whole person. Dr. Mark Chiungos often includes lifestyle advice, nutritional guidance, and exercise recommendations as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. This holistic approach addresses the root causes of pain, providing long-lasting relief and improved overall health.

While the initial cost of chiropractic treatment may seem high, it often proves to be more economical in the long run. Opioids require ongoing prescriptions, which not only add up financially but also come with the added costs of potential side effects and complications. In contrast, chiropractic care often reduces the need for ongoing medication, making it a cost-effective choice for long-term pain management.

Common Conditions Treated by Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is not a one-trick pony; it’s a versatile form of healthcare that can treat a wide array of conditions. Whether you’re dealing with chronic back pain, tension headaches, or neck discomfort, Dr. Mark Chiungos at A Chiropractic Wellness Place has a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

The effectiveness of chiropractic care extends beyond musculoskeletal issues. It has been shown to improve conditions like sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even certain types of arthritis. The key is the holistic approach that addresses not just the symptoms but the underlying causes, offering a more comprehensive solution to pain management.

Integrating Chiropractic Care into a Pain Management Plan

Before incorporating chiropractic care into your pain management strategy, it’s crucial to consult with other healthcare providers. Dr. Mark Chiungos often collaborates with general physicians, orthopedic doctors, and other specialists to ensure that chiropractic treatment complements other medical interventions.

Chiropractic care can be a valuable component of a multi-disciplinary approach to pain management. It can work in tandem with other treatments like physical therapy, medication, and even surgical interventions when necessary. The goal is to provide the most comprehensive, effective, and safe treatment plan for the patient.

FAQs about Chiropractic Care as an Alternative to Opioids

Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Absolutely. Under the skilled hands of Dr. Mark Chiungos at “A Chiropractic Wellness Place,” chiropractic treatments are both safe and effective. The risk of complications is minimal compared to the potential side effects of long-term opioid use.

How Soon Can I Expect Results?

While individual experiences may vary, many patients report feeling relief immediately after their first spinal adjustment. However, chronic conditions may require a series of treatments for optimal results.

Will Insurance Cover Chiropractic Treatments?

Insurance coverage for chiropractic care varies by provider and plan. It’s advisable to consult with your insurance company and the administrative staff at A Chiropractic Wellness Place to determine the extent of your coverage.

Can I Combine Chiropractic Care with Other Treatments?

Yes, chiropractic care often complements other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy and medication. Dr. Mark Chiungos is open to collaborating with other healthcare providers to offer you a comprehensive pain management plan.

The opioid crisis has laid bare the urgent need for alternative methods of pain relief. While opioids may offer a quick fix, their limitations and risks are too significant to ignore. Chiropractic care, especially as practiced at A Chiropractic Wellness Place by Dr. Mark Chiungos, offers a natural, effective, and holistic approach to pain management. With benefits ranging from a lack of addiction risk to a more cost-effective long-term treatment plan, chiropractic care stands as a viable and often superior alternative to opioids.

If you’re struggling with chronic pain and are wary of the risks associated with opioid use, it’s time to explore the benefits of chiropractic care. Contact A Chiropractic Wellness Place to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Chiungos and discover a personalized treatment plan that addresses not just your symptoms, but your overall well-being. Don’t let pain dictate your life; take the first step towards a healthier, happier you.

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Will my insurance cover this?2022-12-30T00:19:34-05:00

Most insurance policies offer some chiropractic coverage. Dr. Chiungos works with Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Tufts Health Plan, Unicare/GIC, and Medicare. See the No Surprises Act for more information.

Is chiropractic treatment safe?2022-12-30T00:00:01-05:00

Absolutely. Chiropractic as a profession is more than 100 years old. We follow industry guidelines during our new patient induction process to minimize risk and maximize benefit. Chiropractic malpractice insurance is considered by many to be the least costly  professional insurance in the healthcare industry because chiropractic is generally considered a safe, manual therapy.

When will I start feeling better?2022-12-30T00:00:41-05:00

It depends on your mechanism of injury and your current state of health. You might start feeling better as soon as your adjustment is finished. You might need to go home and ice (Dr. Chiungos will advise you). If your injury is serious, it may take several visits. But your healing has begun from the first adjustment. Your personal care plan is designed to take you from where you are today to your best possible outcome. Dr. Chiungos will keep you updated on your progress at each visit.


Will my insurance cover decompression treatment?2024-05-24T07:30:29-05:00

Decompression treatment is not currently covered by health insurance. If Dr. Chiungos believes this is an integral part of your treatment plan, he will discuss all costs and potential discounts before the start of care. You will receive informed consent.

Is spinal disc decompression treatment safe?2024-05-24T07:30:42-05:00

Spinal Disc Decompression with the SpineMED® Table has shown to be safe and generally without major side effects or complications once abnormal conditions have been ruled out. The process is so safe and comfortable, it’s not uncommon for patients to fall asleep!

Are there any specific situations that are unsafe for decompression?2024-05-24T07:30:56-05:00
Specific situations that are not suited for decompression therapy include:
  • Patients under 12 years old
  • If you had spinal surgery that involved clips, mesh or fusion
  • If you have fractures, tumors or infections
  • If you have osteoporosis or spondylolisthesis where there’s been a fracture or non-union defect in the spine, where that segment that we want to traction is unstable
How does decompression complement traditional chiropractic?2024-05-24T07:31:11-05:00

Damaged intervertebral discs seldom heal as the discs are constantly under pressure from muscular spasm—during normal activities, and even while sleeping! SpineMED is designed to reduce the pressure in the discs, promoting the influx of vital fluids, nutrients and oxygen back into the discs to assist the body’s natural rebuilding process. This process may speed up the natural repair and could eventually heal damaged spinal discs.

How long will decompression therapy take?2024-05-24T07:31:38-05:00

Sessions are typically 30 minutes long. It could take 15 to 25 sessions or more to see some relief from your discomfort. That’s variable based on your status and the condition we’re treating. Ideally, the sessions are performed daily with rest on the weekend.

Aspen Laser

Will my insurance cover laser treatment?2022-12-30T00:02:57-05:00

Laser treatment, as used in chiropractic offices, is not currently covered by health insurance. If Dr. Chiungos believes this is an integral part of your treatment plan, he will discuss all costs and potential discounts before the start of care.

Is laser therapy safe?2023-01-18T14:21:08-05:00

Laser therapy has been in use for over thirty years with almost no side effects reported. Aspen Laser is FDA-registered and passes all safety compliance requirements. The treatments are not painful; in fact, laser is warm and comfortable to your skin. Dr. Chiungos will check in with you regularly to make sure the temperature feels right, and you can always speak up if it starts to feel too warm. The main safety concern is for the eyes, which is why Dr. Chiungos will provide protective glasses for both patient and doctor at each session.

Are there any situations that are unsafe for laser?2022-12-30T00:04:42-05:00

Laser is effective on most parts of the body; however, there are times when laser is not appropriate:

  • during pregnancy
  • within twelve months of cancer treatments
  • during the use of photo-sensitizing medications
  • over recent steroid injections (seven days)
  • over growth plates or reproductive glands
  • over tattoos or skin infections
How does laser complement traditional chiropractic?2022-12-30T00:05:14-05:00

Laser therapy promotes energy production supporting cellular repair, increased blood flow, increased red blood cell oxygen-carrying capacity, and decrease of inflammation. When used in conjunction with traditional chiropractic, laser can reduce pain and healing time, and promote a deeper, more complete healing to the area of concern.

How long will laser take?2022-12-30T00:05:45-05:00

Sessions typically last 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. They generally start longer and reduce in length as you heal. Most acute conditions require only 10 – 12 treatment sessions. If you have a chronic condition, you may need 12 – 20 treatments and one or two follow-up sessions every month. The amount and frequency of treatments are determined through assessment of your condition combined with Dr. Chiungos’s experience treating patients with laser. You will likely start to feel better after your first 5 sessions.

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