SAGINAW TWP., Mich. (WNEM) – According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 50 million Americans are living with pain. As we endure the ongoing opioid crisis, many are turning to pain relief alternatives that don’t involve painkiller pills.
Prescription pills or surgery seem to be the only solutions for patients living with pain. Two local chiropractors take a different approach to relieving pain. At Massa Chiropractic in Saginaw Township, the goal is to get rid of long-lasting agony forever.
“So, Brittany and I have both been chiropractors for about three and a half years,” said Dr. Aaron Massa.
Aaron is a third-generation chiropractor who works in the building his grandfather built in 1959 with his wife Brittany and father Thomas.
“Anyone in the general population looking for pain relief or a pain alternative,” added Dr. Brittany Massa added.
If you go inside, you can find a quick fix or work overtime to relieve long-term pain. For some of her clients, visits to the chiropractor are profound.
“We’ve had veterans, we’ve had people in recovery, in and out of rehab homes, we’ve also had people who’ve had surgery,” Brittany said. “Some of these people, especially when they’re coming out of addiction, struggle with things like getting out of bed in the morning, putting on their socks and shoes because they’re in so much pain. Everyone struggles with it.”
Your clients are trying to relieve pain without sacrificing the typical route to relief – opioids.
“They try to avoid taking painkillers because they may have had addiction problems in the past and they really want to avoid taking them again,” Brittany explained.
The US Department of Health and Human Services reported in 2019 that about 10 million people over the age of 12 have abused opioids.
“Anytime you take an opioid or non-opioid pain reliever or pain reliever, you’re just relieving the symptoms and masking them in the short-term,” Aaron Massa said.
It’s like a small plaster on an open wound. More needs to be done to fix it.
“It’s easy to use and continue to use them, and often when their prescription expires, some of them are still in pain,” added Brittany Massa.
Aaron and Brittany Massa invited TV5’s Blake Keller to their office to see what a treatment plan for their clients might look like.
“You’ve been on medication, you’ve tried other things, it’s not working. We would generally come up with a treatment plan, we’ll adjust it, do some soft tissue work,” Aaron Massa said, describing how they approach a new client.
“Some people, I think, will cry because they’re so upset and so hurt and they miss so many things in their daily lives,” said Brittany Massa. “So it’s nice to see the transition after they come in a few times, see them smile, walk a little bit better and tell you about something they did over the weekend that they never would have done before.”
They don’t just see these changes and results in their office. A 2020 study by the American Academy of Pain Medicine found that patients with spinal pain who saw a chiropractor had half the risk of filling an opioid prescription.
“We’re just trying to give people the tools to take care of themselves,” Aaron Massa said. “That’s the reward at the end of the day and the big benefit is getting people back to doing what they love and making them feel good about doing the things they love again to do.”
The Massas said that once you leave, you don’t necessarily have to keep going for the rest of your life. If you are in pain, you can address it at any time.
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