This October, doctors of chiropractic across the U.S. will raise public awareness of the availability of non-drug options for pain treatment as part of National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2016. However, this is also a great opportunity for us in Burnaby, BC to revisit the great benefits of chiropractic care- one of which is fast, effective, drug-free, pain relief.
The campaign, a response to the U.S. epidemic of opioid overuse and abuse, will use the theme and hashtag #Chiropractic1st to encourage the use of chiropractic and other conservative forms of pain management, where possible, before the use of prescription opioid pain medications. A toolkit is available online at www.acatoday.org/NCHMtoolkit for anyone who would like to participate.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers were written in 2012 alone – enough for each American adult to have a bottle of pills. Research shows that as many as one in four people who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. Moreover, use of prescription pain medications for common conditions such as back pain and arthritis pain is one of the biggest drivers of opioid addiction in the general population.
“It’s important for the public to understand that there are non-drug options for treating pain available to them. Chiropractic services and other conservative forms of care are an important first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain and may, in some cases, lessen or eliminate the need for over-the-counter and prescription painkillers,” said American Chiropractic Association (ACA) president Dr. David Herd.
Hosted by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October in the U.S. The event raises public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness. For more information, visit www.acatoday.org/NCHM