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Posted on 03-23-2017
While over the counter aspirin and ibuprofen do relieve pain, they can cause a wide range of unwanted side effects, such as heartburn, nausea, diarrhea and increased blood pressure. If taken daily for more than six months, they could provoke the development of ulcers. In addition, prescription pain medications carry a high risk of addiction similar to other opioids like heroin and morphine. Although physician-prescribed pain pills provide powerful pain relief, you could become addicted to them within several days as your brain becomes accustomed to elevated levels of specific neurotransmitters. To avoid suffering the adverse consequences of OTC or prescription pain relievers, our chiropractor in Boca Raton recommends exploring holistic options to manage pain.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) urges individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain to seek treatment from their chiropractor before resorting to pain pills. Ongoing research clearly indicates that chiropractors not only offer various, whole-body modalities such as spinal manipulation, chiropractic massage and decompression for back pain treatment but can also recommend therapeutic exercises, nutritional guidance and lifestyle changes to promote a person's health and well-being. These techniques can also help reduce the risk of future back and neck injuries.
Deep tissue massage therapy offers immediate relief from tense, painful back muscles by reaching an underlying layer of fibrous tissue called fascia that surrounds muscle groups and single muscles. Additional benefits of deep tissue massage therapy include the abilities to reduce blood pressure, improve immune system functioning and alleviate stress and insomnia.
Massage therapy back pain treatment provided by your chiropractor in Boca Raton also induces blocking of pain receptors due to stimulation of the PNS (parasympathetic nervous system). This activation of the PNS generates releases of serotonin and endorphin, two hormones strongly implicated in pain perception and mood. In fact, receiving a massage produces sensations similar to those experienced by people after exercising. A "runner's high" and a "massage high" rely on the same physiological principles as deep tissue massage therapy.
To learn more about the many effective options for holistic pain management provided our chiropractor, please call Shadowood Chiropractic today at 561-488-4000.
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