Our first speaker today was Dr. Erin Foley of Mountain Lifestyles Chiropractic in Golden, Colorado. Dr. Foley wanted talk to us today about Strategies for Natural Pain Relief, a part of her practice that she is very passionate about.

Chiropractic and Acupuncture can offer a great way to manage pain naturally. They are alternatives to using drugs to manage pain, and are much healthier for the body.

Millions of Americans depend on over the counter and prescription drugs to manage pain.  Here are some reasons why this may not be such a good idea:

  • Painkillers are NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen and Motrin) and COX-2 Inhibitors (prescription drugs such as Vioxx and Celebrex). These drugs are linked to heart attacks and strokes.
  • The FDA has asked manufacturers of drugs containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) to change the labeling to limit the dosage and add a liver toxicity warning.
  • Vioxx is a painkiller that was pulled off the market in 2004 after 60,000 people died from its increased heart risks.
  • The painkiller NSAIDS can also cause gastrointestinal problems such as bleeding in the stomach. Many people find they can’t take these drugs for this reason.

These facts presented by Dr. Foley are very scary and some things that you should keep in mind when your physician prescribes them for you – ask questions and make sure that you are fully informed on any prescription drugs you are taking.

Chiropractic care, by working on aligning the spine, will help reduce pain by restoring the body to better function, and muscles are less tight and work with less strain.  

Acupuncture helps with pain as well, as it releases endorphins, which are painkilling hormones, and are like opiates that go into the brain. Have you ever had runner’s high? That’s your endorphins kicking in.

Chiropractic and Acupuncture are an effective drug free alternative to use for back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain, sports injuries, and pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia.

If you are looking into natural alternatives to the current pain medications you are on give Dr. Erin Foley a call and she can with you to find the alternatives that are right for you and your lifestyle!

Dr. Erin Foley * Mountain Lifestyles Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center * 303.271.1701 * www.mtnlifestyleschiropractic.com

 Our second speaker today was Karen Lee of Karen Lee Massage Center in Lakewood, Colorado. Keep her in mind for any of you massage or acupressure needs.

Karen Lee * Karen Lee Massage Center * 303.995.2117 * goteam@q.com