Opioid abuse is a growing problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers, heroin, and other opioids tripled between 2000 and 2014. Deaths in the U.S. due to heroin overdoses began to spike in 2010.
This is mostly due to bureaucrats who took away the legal way patients were able to take their painkillers by closing down pain clinics in Florida and other areas of the country. Although it was a problem, it was a problem that patients at least knew what they were getting. Now patients have turned to heroin to relieve their pain and suffering not knowing what dosages they are taking as the illegal narcotics are not consistent. As well, sometimes, unknowingly to patients, some heroin has been laced with other drugs like Fentanyl.
- The drugs were involved in 61% of the 47,055 drug overdose deaths in 2014.
- There were approximately 1.5 times as many overdose deaths in the country in 2014 as motor vehicle fatalities.
Research shows an estimated 25.3 million adults suffer from chronic pain, with 23.4 million suffering from a lot of pain. Many of them are prescribed opioids to treat their pain. While it proves beneficial for some, for others it leads to addiction or a gateway to dangerous street drugs, like heroin, that have similar pain relieving affects.
Massage, which has been used for countless years for its therapeutic and pain relieving benefits, offers a solution for chronic pain sufferers. Though massage is not a replacement for painkillers, it’s inclusion in pain management can help patients alleviate their pain and prevent the “need” to overuse opioids to relieve pain, says Robert Tracht.
“Research shows massage is a beneficial and low-risk option for those seeking ways to alleviate pain,” says Robert Tracht, CEO at Zenbrisa.com, a new social network for massage therapists and enthusiasts seeking to reap the benefits of massage. “Not to mention, patients with chronic pain also suffer mentally and emotionally, and massage can help reduce anxiety and depression that may stem from having daily pain.”