Alternative To Back Pain Remedies: Getting Off Pain PillsJuly 13, 2016 - Addiction, Drug Addiction, Substance Abuse - 0 Comments
Pain pill addiction is insidious. It doesn’t start with your buying illegal drugs at a seedy nightclub or shooting up in a dark alley like the addicts on popular television shows. Instead, the first step to pain pill dependence is a brightly lit doctor’s office and a perfectly legal prescription for medication for genuine problem. While many people can safely use pain pills for a short period after an accident or surgery, long term use of pain pills can lead to addiction for many people. Although pain pills may be a quick fix for back pain, they are actually not the best solution. As well as being addictive, they are actually less effective than other therapies over the long term.
Back pain may start when you wake up in the morning, especially after a long drive or plane ride, unaccustomed house work or exercise, or even a long day sitting at your desk. Rather than reaching for a pain pill, do gentle stretches, such as lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat and slowly tilting your pelvis. Get out of bed slowly and march in place or peddle a stationary bicycle for five to ten minutes to loosen up your back. Continue stretching gently in a long hot shower. As you keep moving, your morning back stiffness will work its way out naturally. No pills are required.
One of the main causes of back pain is weak or inflexible muscles. Regular exercises to strengthen your core, especially abdominal and oblique muscles, will prevent back pain. Tight hamstrings and hip flexors also contribute to back pain, meaning that a regular stretching program will make a significant difference in the frequency with which you experience back pain. Sitting for long periods can also place stress on your back. Take a five-minute walking break every hour rather than sitting for prolonged periods.
Medical and Alternative Solutions
Medical professionals have much better forms of help to offer you than pills. An orthopedist can help determine the physiological causes of your back pain and help address those causes, often by prescribing physical therapy. Many people find alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and even meditation helpful. A long soak in a hot tub, especially on with jets, relaxes your back, and helps you get a good night’s sleep.
If you find that you simply cannot manage your pain and are relying only on pills, you may be forming an addiction to painkillers. We can help with several of our programs including detox and treatment for women in Southern California.
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