Covering up our Problems – and How to Stop!


How many people out there do you think take at least one type of medication every day? Countless numbers of people. In Winnipeg and North America, it is difficult to find just one person who isn’t taking any medications. However I’m not going to pick on prescription medications that are prescribed by a medical doctor, instead I want to look at the use of over the counter pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications such aspirin, ibuprofen, and Aleve.

What is the number of people in the workforce who pop 2 or 3 of these NSAIDs everyday because their back, shoulder, neck, knee, or whatever pain is so bad that if they don’t they will be in agony by the end of the day? What about athletes?

For those of you who don’t know, I play a lot of volleyball…..a whole lot of volleyball. It came to my attention over the past few months the huge number of athletes who take muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory pills before they play. When I asked these athletes why they took the medications before they played they responded that if they didn’t, pain in their back or knees would prevent them from playing. The majority of these athletes are in their mid to late twenties.

As someone who loves to play volleyball, I can understand the fear of not being able to play anymore. I struggle with a shoulder injury and go to extra lengths to ensure I’m doing my best to protect my shoulder from further injury. However, I don’t think taking away symptoms of pain is the way we should be dealing with these issues. If anything these athletes are going to be causing more harm because they have taken away the pain of their injury and are more than likely making it worse as a result. The same goes for individuals throughout their work day. Our symptoms are there for a reason, they tell us that something is wrong. We should not be constantly covering up our symptoms with medications, we should fix the problem.

Chiropractic, massage therapy, physiotherapy, and athletic therapy are all fantastic professions that target the source of a patient’s pain and work to eliminate it. As a chiropractor, I evaluate the condition of the spine and the function of a patient’s nervous system. Chiropractors adjust subluxation (misalignments in the spine) to restore function to the joint, and to remove interference in the nervous system. By targeting the cause of pain (determined by a complete evaluation) chiropractors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, and athletic therapists restore function to the body and enable healing.

Don’t keep covering up your symptoms! Do something about them by fixing the cause.

Dr. Sarah