Physiotherapy vs. Opioids

How Physiotherapy helps with Pain Management instead of surgeries, injections and pain medications.

Physiotherapy vs. Opioids.

Opioids Crisis in Canada.

We have a notion that prescription medications are safe and effective for acute and chronic pain. In rare extreme cases prescription medication can help with certain conditions but in majority of situations if people experience pain, it’s best to look at physiotherapy and other modalities to help diagnose and treat the root cause and not hide its symptoms. The use of opioids has grown in Canada and has reached a crisis level. Toronto, GTA and media are increasing awareness regarding risks of opioids and promoting physiotherapy as an alternative for pain management.

Opioid based medicine has been associated with high risk of dependency, side effects of long-term use and significant increase in related deaths. Benefits of painkillers decline over time and leave root cause untreated which results in more difficult and longer time to treat.

Important Points about Advantages and Disadvantages of using Opioids.

      • Canadians are the 2nd highest consumers of opioids in the world, after the United States.
      • There were more than 2,800 opioid-related deaths in Canada in 2016.
      • Minister of Health announced new federal activities as part of the federal government’s strategy to address the opioid crisis.
      • Reports have been created on the action to address opioid crisis;  Government of Canada Actions on Opioids: 2016 and 2017 report, CCSA’s report on the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis.
      • Government of Canada has announced new activities, check government site for more information.
      • In the 2017 Government of Canada announced an investment of $122.7 million over five years for ongoing support for opioid crisis.

Be informed and use alternative tools that are available for you!

What is an opioid?

Opioid is any substance, naturally occurring or human-made, that has a similar biochemical action as opium poppy. Morphine, codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet) and more are examples of opioids base painkillers.

How does an opioid work?

Opioids bind to specific receptors in our brain and spinal cord.  After prolonged exposure to opioids, our brain cells become less responsive to them, which means a higher drug dose is needed for the same effect. Opioid use leads to long-lasting changes in the brain.  Opioids do not fix the root cause of symptoms but only reduce the sensation of pain.

Opioid Harm, Risk and Effect

  • Addiction
  • Potential Respiratory Failure
  • Depression
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overall Increased Risk of Death
  • and More Pain.

Choosing Physiotherapy Treatment instead of Opioids.

Physiotherapy is used as an alternative to pain management all over the world. This modality can alleviate pain without medication, injection, surgery, recovery time or side effects.

Physiotherapists implements different types of methods such as massage, manipulation of bones and joints, manual therapy, dry needling and specialized equipment to treat pain and improve quality of life. Equipment can be used for inflammation, fractures, stiffness and soreness of tissue while promoting natural healing process.

Physiotherapy Can Help with Variety of Conditions such as:

You can check out our Physiotherapy Page for more information on what it treats.

Benefits of Physiotherapy:


  • Treatment plans are designed for individual’s goals, needs and pre-existing conditions.
  • Physiotherapists assess how your body and pain responds to treatment.
  • Physiotherapists can identify and diagnose additional health issues and improve overall health and quality of life.
  • Physiotherapist can help improve movement
  • Physiotherapists may use manipulation of joints and soft tissue mobilizations.
  • Physiotherapy improves mobility and independence. Decreases pain and prevents other health problems.
  • Physiotherapy is eff­ective for low back pain, shoulder pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and more
  • Physiotherapy is alternative to surgery for many conditions (meniscal tears, knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease and more).
  • Offers fast post surgery and post injury recovery time.
  • Internationally, physiotherapy is recognized as a safe and effective alternative for pain and is recommended.

Use of Specialized Equipment to help with pain management and health concerns.

All above mentioned equipment, services and more are available at The Art of Life Health Centre. This state of the art technology has been imported from all over the world; Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Israel, US, Australia and others.

If you are interested you can check out our promotions at the top of the page or book your appointment in the window provided.

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