SAGINAW TWP., Mich. (WNEM) – About 50 million Americans live with pain, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As we endure the current opioid crisis, many are turning to pain relief alternatives that do not include taking painkiller pills.
Prescription pills or surgery may seem like the only solution for pain patients. Two local chiropractors take a different path to pain relief. At Massa Chiropractic in Saginaw Township, the goal is to get rid of long-lasting agony for good.
“So Brittany and I have both been chiropractors for about three and a half years,” Dr. Aaron Massa said.
Aaron is a third-generation chiropractor who works alongside his wife, Brittany, and his father, Thomas, in the building his grandfather built in 1959.
“Anyone in the general population looking for pain relief or an alternative to pain,” added Dr. Brittany Massa.
By entering you can get a quick fix or work overtime for long term pain relief. For some of their clients, visits to the chiropractor are profound.
“We’ve got veterans, we’ve got people recovering, in and out of rehabilitation homes, we’ve also had people who need surgery,” Brittany said. “Some of these people, especially if they’re coming out of addiction, have a hard time getting up in the morning, putting on socks and shoes because they’re in so much pain. Everyone struggles with that. »
Their clients are looking for pain relief without giving in to the usual route to relief: opioids.
“They try to avoid taking painkillers because they may have had addiction issues in the past and they really want to avoid using them again,” Brittany explained.
the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2019 reported that about 10 million people over the age of 12 misused opioids.
“Anytime you take an opioid or non-opioid pain reliever, a pain reliever, all you’re doing there is relieving the symptoms and covering them up for the short term,” Aaron Massa said.
It’s like a small bandage on an open wound. More needs to be done to fix it.
“It’s easy to start using them and keep using them too, 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 might look like for their clients.
“You’ve used drugs, you’ve tried other things, it doesn’t work. We’ll usually put a treatment plan in place, we’ll adjust them, do some soft tissue work,” Aaron Massa said, describing how they approach a new client.
After a massage, an adjustment and some stretching exercises, the relief is immediate. For Massas patients, they see change and transformation right before their eyes.
“Some people, I mean, are going to cry because they’re so upset and so hurt and missing out on so much in their daily lives,” Brittany Massa said. “So it’s nice to see the transition after a few times they come in, to see them smile, walk a little bit better, tell you about something they did over the weekend that they never would have done before.”
They don’t just see these transformations and results in their office. A 2020 study from the American Academy of Pain Medicine said patients with spinal pain who saw a chiropractor were half as likely to fill an opioid prescription.
“We’re just trying to give people the tools to take care of themselves,” Aaron Massa said. “That’s the payoff at the end of the day and that’s the big payoff of getting people back to doing what they love and making them feel good, and like they can do the things they love again. ‘they like to do.’
The Massas said that once you’re gone, you don’t necessarily have to go on for the rest of your life. Whenever you have pain, you can remedy it at any time.
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