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CHIROPRACTIC

‘Pain Relief’

Tape: All Hype or Scientifically Sound?

Tape All Hype or Scientifically Sound

Bottom Line:
It’s difficult to find a single sporting event where you won’t see an athlete wearing colorful tape somewhere on their body. You may have wondered what it is, and more importantly what it’s used for. The tape is called kinesio tape and was initially developed by a Chiropractor about 40 years ago. It works by providing a slight mechanical assistance to joints and muscles and by stimulating proprioception, which is your body’s ability to know where it is in space.

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Finding Relief Without Drugs

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With the opioid crisis affecting millions of people, it may come as no surprise that there’s probably someone in your circle of friends and family struggling with opioid misuse or addiction. For those people, it can feel nearly impossible to find a way out. That potent combination of pain relief and euphoria, characteristic of opioids, makes them so incredibly addictive to both the brain and body. However, while opioids were once the standard, recent research has given people struggling with addiction new hope.

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Opioids: By the Numbers

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The opioid epidemic is one of the deadliest drug crises in our recent history. In the United States it’s estimated that over 2 million people have a problem with opioid abuse and nearly 50,000 people die each year due as a result. How did we get here? Well, in the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies began aggressively marketing these drugs to healthcare professionals, and in America’s case, to the public. Combine that lobbying with the strong pain killing nature of these medications, and it’s easy to see how so many people are at risk of slipping into addiction.

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A Team Approach to Healthcare

Healthcare Team

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When people work together as a team towards a common goal, each individual member is able to focus on their strengths. Great communication is perhaps the most important hallmark of a great team. High-level communication is the key that allows everyone to bring their specific skills and talents together to achieve more than they ever could alone. Great teams also exist outside of sports and business…have you thought about your healthcare team lately?

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