Pain Management Without Prescriptive Painkillers
PAIN MANAGEMENT WITHOUT PRESCRIPTIVE PAINKILLERS
There is increasing concern today about the current epidemic of dependence on traditional prescriptive painkillers’ and their addictive properties.
The Sydney Morning Herald, in July 2017, published an article, looking at Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data. It discussed how “more Australians are dying from accidental opioid overdoses each year, with prescription painkillers rather than heroin now accounting for two-thirds of the fatalities“. The SMH article went quoted findings from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. They found 668 overdose deaths took place in 2013. Of those, 68 per cent were related to prescriptive painkillers or pharmaceutical opioids.
Role of Western Medicine
At Haberfield Health, we recognize there is a place of Western prescriptive medication and Western medicine has played a very powerful and important role in saving lives. However. we also believe that there are many other options of pain management without prescriptive painkillers.
“Our body is always communicating with us. Pain and tension are the body’s way of letting us know that there is something going on in the body that needs attention”, Rosa Ghidella, Director of Haberfield Health says. However, we often ignore these symptoms. “As a society, we now value busyness, speed and productivity, often that the expense of our health”, she says. There is so much emphasis on taking a pill and “soldiering on”. We hear it all the time. Life is so busy with so many demands on each of us. So many people with a cold or headache or pain pop a pill so they can get back to work as fast as possible. We no longer stop and pause to see what may be triggering that pain. In addition, we know painkillers simply work to mask the symptoms, without consideration for the actual cause.
Acupuncture treats the cause of the problem
Acupuncture doesn’t work that way. It focuses on treating the root cause of the pain rather than just the symptoms. It recognizes the body as a complex organism made up of interdependent systems. Each body system depends on and is impacted on by every other body system. For example, headache pain may be caused by many factors including eyesight strain, neck and shoulder tension or even poor gut health.
Our Acupuncturists can explain how acupuncture can help you deal with chronic pain more effectively, without the side effects of prescriptive painkillers.
Acupuncture appointments are available Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Private health fund rebates available on all acupuncture consultations.