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Chiropractic Care versus Pain Medication

Pinole CA ChiropractorChiropractic Care versus Pain Medication

Do you suffer from mild to severe to unbearable pain?  Regardless of its cause, you may turn to pain relievers.  These are available over-the-counter and by prescription.  Did you know they are not your only alternative?  In fact, they are one of the worst.  A better option is to seek chiropractic care.

As nice as it is to hear that chiropractic care is better than pain pills, you may be wondering why.  What proof is there?  Continue reading on for a detailed comparison.  In the end, you will see why chiropractic care is better.

Fixing the Problem

Pain medication does not fix a problem.  Yes, it does provide relief, but only short-term relief.  Pain medication only masks the problem.  It is still there.  As soon as your pain pills wear off, the pain is likely to return.  If you suffer from recurring headaches, it may be another day before the next headache returns, but it will.

Chiropractors fix the problem.  Yes, they want to treat your pain.  They just go about it differently.  They don’t want to mask the problem.  Instead, they treat it and by going directly to the source.  For many, this is the spine and connecting joints.  By treating the problem at the source, you will get relief, but that relief should be long-lasting, if not permanent.

Side Effects

Pain relievers are full of side effects.  This is particularly true with prescription pain relievers.  Takers can experience upset stomachs, drowsiness, nausea, and more.  Even the smallest side effects can negatively affect our lives.  How can you work if your pain pills make you drowsy?  It will be difficult, if not impossible.  Pain relief should improve your life, not create a whole new set of problems to deal with.

Chiropractic care is all natural.  It involves manual therapy.  This is therapy of the hands.  Temporary relief is sought with ongoing therapeutic massages.  Overtime, they can lead to long-term relief.  Another form of long-term relief is chiropractic adjustments or realignments.  For example, a patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can get less pain and improved movement with finger joint adjustments.


As previously stated, most pain relievers, even over-the-counter pills, have side effects.  If it wasn’t bad enough, there are many other additional risks.  Certain medications can result in stomach ulcers and bleeding.  This is common with continued and prolonged use.  Some medications interact with others.  Pain medications are risky for children, the elderly, and pregnant or nursing mothers.  Still, people use them and doctors prescribe them. That however, does not mean they are safe.

Chiropractic care, as stated above, is natural.  There is no medication given.  The hands provide therapy.  Since there is no medication and no invasive medical procedures, it is safe.  In fact, chiropractic care is safe for individuals of all ages.  The old, young, and even pregnant and nursing women can seek relief through this natural form of healthcare.  All should, as it is safer.


With pain reliever, think long-term.  They only mask the problem, so it is likely to return.  This results in the consumption of more medication.  Not only is this risky, but very costly.  Even with insurance covering the cost of most prescription pain relievers, their costs add up over a period of time.

Many fear the cost of chiropractors.  For starters, insurance does cover the cost of most treatment.  Next, continued care is not required in all cases.  Your chiropractor may perform a neck adjustment, have you comeback for a follow-up appointment, and return again to show you helpful at-home techniques to reduce pain.  After that, you may be done.  Three appointments with a chiropractor, even if you pay out-of-pocket, are cheaper than years worth of pain pills.

In short, chiropractic care is not only safer, but cheaper, less invasive, and long-lasting.  So, the next time you find yourself reaching for pain relievers to treat you pain and discomfort, please stop.  Make an appointment with a local chiropractor.  You may be surprised how easy it is to seek long-lasting or permanent relief.


Dr. Jennifer Hammett, B.S., D.C.

Dr. Jennifer Hammett provides quality chiropractic care to patients in Pinole, CA. If you suffer from back pain, neck pain, headache, sciatica or have been in an auto collision, Hammett Chiropractic can get you back on the road to health.

Call our office today at (510) 779-2772 for an appointment.


Chiropractic Care: What If Your Primary Care Physician Says No?

Dear Pinole patients,

Pinole CA Chiropractic Care​Here is the scenario:  You are suffering painful, recurring migraines.  You head to your primary care physician.  They prescribe pain medication to treat your migraine headaches.  You are sent on your way to deal with the pain as it returns.  You stop and think “maybe this isn’t right.”  You ask your primary care physician about chiropractic care.  They tell you it does not work or that you are only wasting your money.  What should you do? 

For years, there have been some troubling problems between the traditional medical field and chiropractic care.  Some primary care physicians believe that chiropractors are nothing but glorified spa masseuses.  Is this true?  No.  In fact, these ideas are slowly decreasing.  More primary care physicians are realizing the benefits of chiropractic care.  Unfortunately, you may have an “old school,” doctor who has yet to realize the benefits.  What should you do?

First, turn to the internet.  Perform a standard internet search with the phrase “chiropractic benefits.”  You will see many results.  Many are websites of chiropractors explaining their practice and their medical schooling.  Others are firsthand accounts of pain suffering people who have sought and received relief from a chiropractor.  So, if some people do seek relief from this type of medical care, why are some primary care physicians so against the procedure?

PCP Versus Chiropractic Care

Primary care physicians tend to believe that medications and surgery are best courses of treatment.  Chiropractors utilize neither.  They provide natural relief.  In fact, they do more than just temporarily relive the pain; they stop it at the source.  They do so naturally with manual therapy.  A patient with neck pain may need an adjustment.  This is done with precision force and thrust.

If you want to seek chiropractic care, it is your choice to do so. Truthfully, your primary care doctor should be supportive of your decision.  If they believe it will not work, they should still let you try.  A doctor who discourages you or outright prohibits you from seeing a chiropractor does not have your best interest at heart.  As previously stated, this care is all natural, so there are no risks.  Since there are no risks, you have nothing to lose.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor, turn to your local phonebook or the internet.  If your primary care physician was unreceptive to the treatment, they likely don’t have a referral or suggestion for you.  If covered by health insurance, see if coverage is extended to chiropractor care.  If it is, choose one that accepts your insurance.  With insurance coverage or price comparing, you can easily find an affordable chiropractor.  Since you have nothing to lose physically and the costs are affordable, see what type of relief you can get.


Dr. Jennifer Hammett, B.S., D.C.

Dr. Jennifer Hammett provides quality chiropractic care to patients in Pinole, CA. If you suffer from back pain, neck pain, headache, sciatica or have been in an auto collision, Hammett Chiropractic can get you back on the road to health.

Call our office today at (510) 779-2772 for an appointment.