Back pain, in particular, has been identified as one of the most common reasons why primary care physicians prescribe opioids, despite the fact that a 2016 review and meta-analysis of relevant research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that these drugs are essentially ineffective for treating chronic low-back pain. This year, the American College of Physicians released updated low-back pain treatment guidelines that promote the use of non-invasive, non-drug approaches to treatment as a first line of defense against back pain.
We believe patients across the country would benefit tremendously if health care professionals could work more collaboratively to identify individuals who could benefit from such an approach. With this in mind, chiropractors stand ready to work together with federal and state legislatures, medical physicians and community groups across the country to address this epidemic, which has caused unnecessary suffering, enormous loss of human potential, and massive financial and personal costs.
Aromatherapy is the gentle, ancient art of fragrance, anchored by the use of all-natural, essential oils, which are extracted from flowers, barks, resins, herbs, fruits and other botanicals. Steam-distilled from nature, essential oils get that name because you’re left with the “essential” core, or the undiluted, and beneficial, chemistry of nature’s curatives.
Why is fragrance one of the most popular of healing modalities? Scent is uniquely appealing — that is, what smells good generally feels good. Aromatherapy is unthreatening and non-invasive, and this ancient modality is known to provide significant healing. Indeed, essential oils are touted as beneficial for a wide range of complaints, including body aches, insomnia, sluggish digestion, inflammation, migraines and mood malaise. They’re also widely used for house cleaning (try bacterial-inhibiting tea tree oil) or simply to enhance meditation and ambiance.
Essential oils also can be used as a companion to traditional medications and therapies. Of course, you should always let your doctor know you’re considering essential oil therapy to avoid any negative interactions with medications. Essential oils are not approved or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Also, they should never be ingested.
Reference: Marcy Goldman