Avoid Drugs with Chiropractic Therapy for Back Pain in Tumwater

Chiropractic is based on the principle of allowing your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Harrell, this involves working to restore your body's healthy functioning to avoid the need for medications or surgical treatments. We see that most of our Tumwater patients are relieved to find a natural solution for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic treatment is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescription medications are oftentimes supplied to individuals who have back problems. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the benefits when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most common opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data offered by the AAN mention the fact that approximately 50% of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, particularly if an opiate addiction arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the benefits are evident. While a medication might be helpful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your injured spine; it will only conceal the pain.

How Can Chiropractic Therapy Help You?

Dr. Harrell will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to solve the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Tumwater office a call at (360) 489-0635 to make an appointment with Dr. Harrell.


  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids
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