Chiropractic is centered on the concept of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Messerschmidt, this involves working to restore your body's natural functioning to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We see that many of our Juneau, AK patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health issues.
One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are commonly supplied to individuals who have back soreness. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the advantages when administered for back pain.
Some of the most common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures provided by the AAN mention the fact that about half of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, especially if an opiate addiction occurs.
Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the advantages are obvious. While a pill might be helpful at briefly relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your injured spine; it will only cover up the pain.
Dr. Messerschmidt will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to eliminate the spinal interference -- without risky drugs.
If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Juneau, AK office a call at (907) 789-1344 to make an appointment with Dr. Messerschmidt.