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Pain is a serious problem in today’s world. It’s little wonder that painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs have grown into such a mammoth industry.

Unfortunately, these drugs offer their own share of troubles, from addiction to dangerous effects on internal organs. Many people are now seeking effective pain relief that doesn’t come from a pill bottle. If you’re one of those people, you need to know about the amazing pain-busting potential of physiotherapy.

Physiotherapists can help individuals manage pain, and greater use of physiotherapy could make a real impact on the tragic levels of drug abuse in this country—abuse that often begins with a prescription for pain medication.”

So, instead of turning to opioids, consider physiotherapy first!

Why you should consider physiotherapy for your pain management needs

Physiotherapy offers numerous advantages as a safe, effective, all-natural pain management tool. A physiotherapist takes each individual’s symptoms (and those symptoms’ underlying causes) into account when devising a physiotherapy plan for pain management. Your plan might include modalities such as:

  • A soothing combination of heat therapy and cryotherapy
  • Chiropractic adjustment to help joints move more freely and correct painful musculoskeletal imbalances
  • Electrical nerve stimulation to interrupt pain signals
  • Cold laser therapy and/or massage therapy to boost circulation, relax tissues, and reduce inflammation
  • Resistance training exercises to strengthen muscles, making physical actions less of a strain
  • Aerobic exercises to get the blood flowing and encourage joint lubrication

Physiotherapy appears to have one more major contribution to make toward freeing pain sufferers from their symptoms.

Some physiotherapists have adopted “brain-rewiring” techniques such as graded motor imagery to help patients develop a new perception of their pain – one that allows them to master and minimize their responses to it. This form of physiotherapy seeks to give individuals more control over their pain so that they can tolerate more exercise, which then reduces the pain even more.

Physiotherapy can do more than just help you feel better. By providing you with non-pharmaceutical pain control measures, this form of care can help you steer clear of the side effects of prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Better yet, you’re going beyond the temporary numbing of your symptoms by actually treating the underlying causes of those symptoms. Why settle for the illusion of relief when you can have the real thing — and improve your health and functionality in the process?

So, what’s so bad about painkillers?

A variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications promise to ease pain and inflammation temporarily. Steroids do this by suppressing the immune system for people suffering from painful auto-immune disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis).

That same immune-suppressing power, however, also makes the body more vulnerable to infection. Long-term steroid use has also been associated with cataracts, glaucoma, hypertension, water retention, acne, high blood sugar and osteoporosis. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) block the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body.

These drugs aren’t necessarily safe, either. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding and kidney damage in some individuals. They have also been associated with elevated heart attack and stroke risks.

Perhaps the most ominous danger comes from opioid drugs. Opioids can deaden more than just pain. These powerful drugs caused over 70,000 fatal overdoses in 2017 alone. Some of these deaths may have been related to recreational drug use, but over 60 percent of the deceased were chronic pain sufferers.

Some important facts about opioids

Opioids are the most commonly used medication for pain management across the United States. Even though they are commonplace, they contain some shockingly harmful facts:

  • Opioids are a highly addictive substance and are the most commonly abused prescription medication.
  • Opioids are a highly dangerous class of substances. Heroin is among the opioid category, as well as prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and more.
  • More than 2 million people in the United States become addicted to pain medication every year, many of the medications being opioids.
  • About a quarter of heroin addicts began their addiction through prescription opioid dependency.

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Our physiotherapist will be happy to create a pain management program just for you. Contact BeActive Physio today for a consultation!

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Say NO to Opioids and YES to Physiotherapy!

We’re all aware of the opioid crisis plaguing the nation. It’s scary – it’s as if every time we turn on the news, we hear another story about the epidemic. In 2016 alone, opioid overdose claimed the lives of 116 people each day. Approximately 11.5 million people in the United States misused the painkilling drugs they were prescribed, costing an estimated $504 million in economic costs. According to researchers, it is believed that numerous people are even being denied jobs due to a failure to pass opioid-free drug tests.

As frightening as this sounds, for some people the pain relief from opioids may seem like the only option. However, physiotherapy has been a proven method for providing long-lasting pain relief – without the risks of harmful drugs. Contact BeActive Oakville Physiotherapy today to find out how you can rid yourself of opioids and start on a natural, easy, and beneficial pain-relief plan!

The risk of opioids:

It may be difficult to understand why opioids are so dangerous for so many people – to understand, you have to know that the processing of pain goes deeper than what you feel physically. Much of the pain you feel is processed by your brain.

For example, every time you stub your toe on a coffee table, pain receptors are sent to your brain. You feel the physical pain, and as a response, your brain releases chemicals to try and ease it. These chemicals act as natural opioids by slowing your breathing, blocking the pain signals, and bringing you back to a state of well-being.

However, if you are suffering from chronic pain, surgical recovery, or a severe injury/trauma, your brain cannot produce enough opioids to keep up with the demand for pain relief. Because of this, pain-killing medications are often prescribed. Prescription medication mimics the chemicals your body naturally produces, acting to relieve pain – but it does not help your body heal. Since your condition will remain the same without an alternative form of treatment, people often feel as if they need to take higher doses as their bodies become used to the drug. This is the main reason why overdoses occur.

The benefits of physiotherapy:

With physiotherapy, you will not only find ways to relieve your pain, but also ways to improve your overall function. Physiotherapists work hard to get to the root of your problem, in order to correct it. Unlike opioids, physiotherapy helps to enhance the healing of your body – providing long-term relief, as opposed to short-term.

Your physiotherapist will employ a series of treatments for your condition, which may include ice and heat therapies, manual therapy, stretches, or ultrasound. Your treatment plan will also address strength, flexibility, and overall mobility, in order to get you back to your normal physical function.

Over 116 million people struggle with chronic pain, which greatly hinders their abilities to stand, walk, run, work, and move as they wish. Your physiotherapist will address all of these functions and will work with you to get you back where you want to be. One of the main goals of physiotherapy is to improve overall quality of life, which your physiotherapist will be dedicated to helping you achieve.

Saying yes to physiotherapy:

Opioids mask pain without treating the underlying cause of it. Physiotherapy not only helps with relieving pain, but also addresses the condition that is causing the pain in the first place. A physiotherapist is a medical professional, trained in the science of movement. Through advanced diagnostic procedures, your physiotherapist can uncover the source of your pain and find ways to address it for long-term health and mobility.

The effects of physiotherapy also don’t stop with the body – it helps to improve your mental health, as well.  Chronic pain and prescription pain medication use can lead to depression, anxiety, and isolation. Physiotherapy will help get your body moving and working normally again, releasing feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Working with a physiotherapist will also give you a partner in your pain relief journey. This sense of community can help address the mental toll pain takes on a person, in a way that opioids cannot.

Physiotherapy is a drug-free way to manage your pain while improving your health. Pain medication may seem like a simple solution, but the risks far outweigh the benefits. Don’t let yourself be a part of the opioid epidemic. If you are ready to say NO to opioids and YES to physiotherapy, call our Oakville, ON office to schedule a consultation with a physiotherapist today! They would be more than happy to discuss how they can help you achieve a full, pain-free, and functional life.

Sources:

https://www.apta.org/PolicyResources/PositionPapers/OpioidEpidemic/

https://www.jospt.org/doi/abs/10.2519/jospt.2018.0606?journalCode=jospt

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