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 the majority of situations, if you 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 the media are increasing awareness regarding the risks of opioids.

Opioid-based medicine has been associated with a high risk of dependency, side effects of long-term use, and a significant increase in related deaths. The benefits of painkillers decline over time and leave the root cause untreated.

Important Points about Advantages and Disadvantages of using Opioids.

      • Canadians are the 2nd highest consumer 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 the opioid crisis;  Government of Canada Actions on Opioids: 2016 and 2017 report  on the Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis.
      • The government of Canada has announced new activities, check the government sites for more information.
      • In 2017 Government of Canada announced an investment of $122.7 million over five years for ongoing support for the opioid crisis.

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

    Request an Appointment

    What is an opioid?

    An 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 based 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 & 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 for pain management all over the world. It can help to alleviate pain without medication, injection, surgery, recovery time, or side effects.

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

    Physiotherapy Can Help with a Variety of Conditions such as:

    You can check out our Physiotherapy Page for more information.

    Benefits of Physiotherapy:


    • Treatment plans are designed for individual’s goals, needs, and pre-existing conditions.
    • Physiotherapists assess how your body and pain respond to treatment.
    • Physiotherapists can identify and diagnose additional health issues and improve overall health and quality of life.
    • Physiotherapy can help improve and restore movement
    • Physiotherapists may use manipulation of joints and soft tissue mobilizations.
    • Physiotherapy 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.

    Physio Equipment & Pain Management 

    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, the 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.

    The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.


    Contact Details

    885 Don Mills Road, Suite 121,
    Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1V9

    Phone: 416 449-6747
    Fax: 416 449-3726

    Business Hours

    Business Hours:
    Mon-Fri 10 am-9 pm
    Sat 9 am-4 pm

    Copyright by TheArtLife 2018. All rights reserved.

    Call Now Button