Chiropractic is based on the philosophy of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Blake, this involves working to restore your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We notice that most of our Harrisburg patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health problems.
One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are frequently supplied to patients who have back soreness. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the benefits when prescribed 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. Numbers presented by the AAN cite the fact that approximately half of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, especially if an opiate dependency arises.
Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the advantages are clear. While a drug might be useful at briefly relieving the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your injured back; it will only cover up the pain.
Dr. Blake will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to correct the spinal interference -- without the need for risky drugs.
If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Harrisburg office a call at (717) 657-2561 to make an appointment with Dr. Blake.