Opioid-based Pain Relievers Decrease Longevity, Find Study

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A study recently published in the Journal of American medicine found that the use of opioid-based pain relievers can greatly increase a person’s death risk factor, especially when used to treat varying levels of chronic pain. Researchers from the University of Vanderbilt Medical Center studied chronic pain patients from 1990 to 2012 and found that patients who used long acting opioid pain medication were 65 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular complications than patients who were prescribed alternative therapies.

Notably, this study comes on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control urging doctors across the country to severely moderate their prescription of opioid-based pain relievers due to the high risk of addiction.

By contrast, a number of studies have found that massage can be an effective treatment for chronic pain that does not come with the deleterious side effects associated with both prescription and over-the-counter pain medication. The reason being, in addition to relieving pain massage also has the ability to reduce tissue inflammation by directing freshly oxygenated blood to the affected areas of the body.

This means that chronic pain patients will experience restored mobility when they make regular massage therapy sessions a part of their life. With their mobility restored, chronic pain patients can reconnect with their friends and family, which has the effect of decreasing the stress level and increasing the amount of endorphins in their bloodstream.

Read the full article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160614121312.htm

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