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A Natural Approach to Back Pain

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 by Dr. Gloria Adkins

Chiropractic is based on the approach of allowing your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Gloria Adkins, this involves working to restore your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We see that many of our West Seattle, WA patients are pleased to find a natural solution for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Medications are commonly issued to patients who have back pain. 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 administered for back pain.

Some of the most popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures presented by the AAN cite the fact that about 50% of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still taking them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, particularly if an narcotic dependency occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic care which incorporates natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a pill might be helpful at briefly suppressing the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your injured spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Gloria Adkins will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to correct the problem -- without the need for risky drugs.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our West Seattle, WA office a call at (206) 258-4886 to make an appointment with Dr. Gloria Adkins.


  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids


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