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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:October 15th, 2015

ProActive Chiropractic to Participate in National Public Health Awareness Campaign Aimed at Curbing Opioid Overuse and Abuse

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October, Dr. Andrew C. Cohen of ProActive Chiropractic will join thousands of other doctors of chiropractic (DCs) nationwide in promoting #PainFreeNation, a campaign to draw attention to the public health crisis caused by pain and the overuse of prescription painkillers.

As part of #PainFreeNation, Dr. Cohen will raise awareness of how chiropractic services and other non-drug approaches to pain management can be a part of the solution to the pain crisis in the United States. He will emphasize the value of exhausting these conservative forms of treatment for both acute and chronic pain before initiating higher-risk options such as opioids.

“Chiropractic‟s non-drug approach is particularly relevant today in light of the rampant overuse and abuse of prescription opioid medications, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled an „epidemic,‟” says Dr. Cohen. “During National Chiropractic Health Month, the chiropractic profession encourages both patients and other health care providers to first exhaust conservative forms of pain management, when appropriate.”

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers the following information about conservative pain management for the public to consider when making choices about their health care:

-A conservative health care model emphasizes more cost-effective and safer approaches over potentially addictive medications or surgery for pain management and health enhancement.

-Chiropractic physicians are experts in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal problems and their natural approach can in some cases eliminate or reduce the need for drugs and surgery.

-When other conditions exist, chiropractic services may complement or support medical    treatment by relieving the associated musculoskeletal issues and/or pain.

-Conservative management of a painful condition might include, for example, chiropractic   manipulation combined with exercise and stretching prior to moving on to treatments involving higher risk, such as opioids.

-For those who are pain-free, the exercise tips, posture recommendations and guidance on injury prevention routinely provided by chiropractic physicians can help people enhance strength and avoid pain and injury in everyday life.

About ACA
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of ethics and patient care, contributing to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit us at

About National Chiropractic Health Month
Hosted by ACA, National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness. NCHM strives to educate consumers about the benefits of chiropractic services and to promote the expertise of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) in helping patients reach optimal levels of health and wellness.

ProActive Chiropractic
Most chiropractors think that keeping you out of the doctor’s office is a bad business model, but the sports docs at ProActive Chiropractic know that if we can keep you doing the things you love pain free, you’ll tell your friends. We don’t need to see you 3 times a week for the rest of your life. There are too many people in San Francisco who really need care whom we want to help. We treat you like an Olympic athlete who wants to get back into the game pain free ASAP.