Monday, October 2, 2017

Should I Take a Muscle Relaxer???

It is estimated that 75%-85% of adults are affected by back pain! This pain interferes with all areas of our lives, including recreation, family time, work, and sleep.  Over the counter pain medications such as Motrin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc along with prescription NSAIDS and muscle relaxers often are turned to in hopes of some relief for their pain.

Life University researchers performed a study to compare the use of muscle relaxer medications vs. chiropractic care.  Their results showed that chiropractic care provided overall greater effectiveness than the use of muscle relaxers.  They also showed better results with the combination of muscle relaxers and chiropractic care together over the placebo group.  The group of patients receiving chiropractic adjustments had the GREATEST improvement in "global impression of severity".

What this proves is that although there is always an availability of medication, chiropractic care and should be used as a first resort in times of pain and trauma.  And although we often seek treatment after injury or pain, the best treatment is prevention!  Seeing a chiropractor for regular care not only can prevent injuries from happening but will shorten the duration and intensity of pain after trauma.

Yours in Health,
Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson



10917 Black Dog Ln., Suite 101 

Charlotte, NC 28214

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"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special." JV

Hoiriis, K. T., Pfleger, B., McDuffie, F.C., Cotsonis, G., Elsangak, O., Hinson, R., & Verzosa, G.T. (2004). A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Chiropractic Adjustments to Muscle Relaxants for Subacute Low Back Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 27(6), 388-398. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2004.05.003

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