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By Candace McNaughton, ND

I am not an alarmist. But this is alarming. Through a subtle messaging campaign, the prescription of opiate medications has increased fourfold in the last ten years. Drug companies like the makers of OxyContin pay groups like the American Pain Foundation much of their annual income. The messaging came from the drug manufacturers through position statements, clinical guidelines, books, and seminars at conferences. Opiates are no longer just being used for severe post-surgical pain or pain associated with cancer or its treatment. They’re being prescribed for chronic pain issues like headaches, low back pain, and fibromyalgia. The gist of the message? Opiates aren’t addictive if used as prescribed, and there’s essentially no limit on dose. So prescribe away.

Except they are addictive. They cause tolerance (needing more to have the same effect) and addiction (going through withdrawal symptoms if you stop them suddenly). I see patients like this in my practice every day. Mothers who tearfully say they can’t take care of their kids while on Oxycodone. Construction workers who can’t work because they can’t drive, let alone operate machinery on the job while on these meds. I see kids who are still in school saying they were given no treatment options other than an opiate script and now they’re still in pain and falling asleep in school and scared of addiction. (more…)

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By Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist

Auto accidents can be painful both physically and emotionally. Having been in several myself, I know! It can be overwhelming. At Glow, we have years of expertise treating car accident cases. Through a custom blend of Massage, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic, we can ease the effects of stress and trauma on your nervous system, as well as treat your whiplash, headaches, neck or back pain or other physical symptoms. We guide you through the process from the first exam and referral to the last assessment.

Common injuries –Car accidents frequently result in the following conditions:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain (cervical sprain strain)
  • Low back pain ( lumbar sprain strain)
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Wrist or ankle pain
  • Other complaints include anxiety, sleeplessness, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Phases of Recovery

Our treatments are always tailored for you and may vary at different phases of your recovery. Initially, you will be dealing with much of the shock and trauma of the motor vehicle accident (MVA). With 10 years of experience doing acupuncture, I’ve seen it a thousand times.You may not even feel any pain. I find acupuncture to work wonderfully RIGHT away after your accident. While other treatments might cause a flare up at this stage, acupuncture will stop pain and begin the healing process immediately.

At Glow we can ease the tension and get your body out of the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system. During this first stage you may also experience swelling, headaches or sleeplessness. The treatments will begin to ease the inflammation causing these problems and prevent the formation of scar tissue which can be difficult to address later. We will also assess and take steps to improve your range of motion and alignment. As your treatment progresses we will work to further address your specific musculoskeletal injuries and adhesions like whiplash, neck or back pain.

We’ve found that the combination of services we offer provides immediate relief and longstanding results.  Every case is different and every treatment protocol is individualized. Through acupuncture, massage and chiropractic, your body will be realigned, scar tissue formation will be less and inflammation reduced.

Goals of treatment

  • Assess the nature and extent of the injuries
  • Reduce the effects of trauma on the nervous system
  • Reduce swelling and pain
  • Increase range of motion
  • Decrease scar tissue formation and resolve adhesions

Navigating the system

Besides the physical and emotional stress post auto accident, there’s the stress of dealing with the insurance companies, car repairs, etc. We take care of the medical side of things and have extensive experience with insurance and billing.  To book an appointment, please call our office at 206 568 7545. We offer treatments 7 days a week as well as mornings and evenings. Not sure what you need? We can help get the right treatment for you. Ask to speak with Lindsey for a free phone consult.

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