Opiates for Pain Management

3 Alternatives to Opiates for Pain Management

While opiates are an effective form of pain relief, they are also highly addictive and only a temporary form of treatment. Fortunately, if you are suffering from a chronic condition or injury, there are other alternative treatment options available without the need for prescription painkillers. Serving residents throughout Northbrook and Tinley Park, IL, the professionals at Brightside Clinic provide a wide range of addiction counseling and treatment services for drugs, such as heroin and prescription opiates.

Below, the addiction counseling and recovery experts share a few alternatives to opiates for pain management:

  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine using a needle to penetrate the skin and apply pressure to various points throughout the body for pain relief or to cure certain ailments. It does this by stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural neurotransmitters, which reduce your perception of pain.
  • Massage Therapy: In addition to acupuncture, massage therapy is another holistic treatment for pain relief. A masseuse manipulates the soft tissue and muscle to alleviate pain and promote recovery, as well as reduce anxiety and improve blood flow. It’s not only for back pain—it can also help shoulder and neck pain, migraines, and fibromyalgia.
  • Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic care is one of the leading methods of drug-free treatment. It uses spinal adjustment to treat issues with the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, muscles, and tendons. In addition to relieving pain, it also helps improve mobility and restore joint mobility through spinal correction. Many patients often combine chiropractic care with massage therapy treatments.

If you need addiction counseling or treatment programs, the caring professionals at Brightside Clinic can help. Call (224) 205-7866 for the Northbrook, IL, location and (708) 292-0044 to speak with an expert at the Tinley Park location. You can also visit the website for more information about the comprehensive list of programs and services available.