Over the counter medications such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, and ibuprofen are all common anti-inflammatories or pain relievers. By taking these kinds of medications, the body is able to block the production of prostaglandins which reduce inflammation and fever.
Although they may have some positive side effects, these drugs are also linked to an increase in heart attacks.
The Drawbacks of Traditional Medicine
Some studies have shown that using these types of medications have lead to gastroduodenal conditions such as stomach ulcers, lesions, and bleeding. Research has shown that 1 out of 1200 patients who take this medication every day for two months have a greater risk of death from stomach complications. Even if age and the health of the patient may have contributed to the death, studies strongly indicate that NSAIDs can lead to serious complications.
Aside from stomach issues, complications can arise in the eyes and those who consume too much NSAIDs over a short period of time pose the risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, retinal hemorrhage, and macular degeneration.
With the risks of side effects from these types of medications, this is where chiropractic care comes into play as not only a means of pain relief but a means to regain the functionality of a part of your body that may be suffering. When consulting with a chiropractor, not only will they create a treatment plan to get to the root of the problem but will also provide education on the types of nutrition that will greatly benefit the reduction of inflammation.
- Fish oils that contain omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be effective in reducing neck and low back pain.
- Reducing sugar and grains from your diet helps lessen arthritis pain.
- Increasing the amount of vitamin D your body receives, through sun exposure or cod liver oil.
- Certain herbs, such as willow bark are natural alternatives to reduce inflammation and pain.
With NSAIDs coming under scrutiny in recent years, the safe option for pain management and reducing inflammation is through the care of a skilled chiropractor. A chiropractic approach has no side effects and instead of masking the pain or discomfort, the pain is treated and resolved.
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If you find yourself reaching for the medicine cabinet every time you have an ache or pain, think about maximizing your health through safe, holistic treatment methods like chiropractic. Our Atlanta chiropractors are ready to find you the relief you deserve and to find out how to contact us today at (404) 889-8828.