Battling back against the opioid epidemic by taking away one of the causes is why doctors are cracking down on the drugs they prescribe.
But that has patients scrambling to find ways to fight the pain. Some patients said they have no choice, especially since some of their physicians are going so far as to make them sign ‘patient contracts.’
Others, like Michelle Block, say they just don’t want prescription painkillers at all.
“My neck’s really bad isn’t it?,” Block said laying back on the massage table as her Chiropractor examined her.
For her back, knee and neck pain, once a week Block tries a more holistic approach.
“I think there were years ago where I wouldn’t have tried something that’s not your traditional medicine, but I tried this and it works for me,” she said.
So she gets a therapeutic massage, body adjustments and something called, dry needling, which is similar to acupuncture.
“You’ll try anything that seems reasonable,” she said. “A lot of people think you’re a little bit out there when you start talking about it.”
But Occupational Therapist Carol Leslie said these methods and others like hypnotherapy can do more than just heal the body.
“It is the whole person, mind, body spirit,” said Dr. Lesile.
That’s why she said she’s seeing more patients looking to overcome the pain.
“Every aspect of their life has been touch by pain.”
Not everyone is seeking out doctors to manage their pain. A recent National Health Interview Survey found 21 million adults said they practice yoga now, that’s up nearly 5 percent in 2002.