JobsNow: Chiropractors work to replace addictive pain meds

Chiropractors take a much different approach than traditional medicine, which treats symptoms or trauma

Chiropractors are working to replace addictive pain medication with their holistic approach.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – With a job that’s so much more than cracking backs, chiropractors believe the central nervous system is responsible for the body’s overall health and well-being.

Chiropractors deal in a holistic, or functional, type of restoration to health. Many people love an adjustment to ease their pain.

“Spinal manipulation is a treatment. Chiropractic is a profession. We’re trained as doctors and we treat many, many different conditions other than just back pain,” Dr. Michael Lyons said.

Chiropractors take a much different approach than traditional medicine, which treats symptoms or trauma.

“Chiropractic is more about treating the root cause of the problem and improving somebody’s overall health in the way the body functions,” Lyons said.

Chiropractic colleges require a bachelor’s degree. Then it takes four years of schooling, although that curriculum is about the same as medical college. The difference is that chiropractors complete internships, not residency.

Healthcare seems to be shifting to wellness care, which could be a plus for chiropractors.

New Centers for Disease Control guidelines recommend not using opioid pain medicines to treat chronic pain, saying it does more harm than good.

“That new type of thinking is going to put our profession at the forefront because we’re going to be able to help these people. We’re going to be able to treat these people and we’re well-equipped to offer them alternative therapies for pain other than just treating pain,” Lyons said.

Chiropractors can also specialize in orthopedics, pediatrics and even sports.

Lyons says his job is highly rewarding.

“Statistically, 80 to 90 percent reporting to a chiropractor report some benefit,” Lyons said.

For information about chiropractors and to see job listings, visit the OhioMeansJobs website.

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