Small adjustments to diminish the opioid epidemic

1 month 9 hours 16 minutes ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:00:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
By: Mavrick Alexander, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - People who suffer from chronic pain can now turn to alternative treatments besides opioids. 

Dr. Amanda Alcamo is a chiropractor at Restoration Chiropractic and was impacted at a young age with the practice. 

"My mother was in an awful car accident when I was young that left her unable to work and do the things she would normally do," she said. 

Alcamo said doctors would not treat her mother because of the seriousness of the injury. 

"Doctors would just give us medications and wish us the best, but the pills weren't even touching the pain," she said. 

Being very hesitant, this led the family to chiropractic care that ended up being the best decision they could've made.

"Within two years, she went from 34 medications down to 9. If this is something that helps you, and this is something that is good for you, better for you, it’s helping your body heal, then we need to do this," she said. 

Dr. Taylor Sirois is also a chiropractor at Restoration chiropractic and is ecstatic to see this new opportunity for healthcare. 

"I definitely think it’s a step in the right direction," he said, "I think everyone can benefit from chiropractic care. It’s meant to be preventative to future issues."

Sirois said the issue with opioids is not knowing exactly how it helps heal the body. 

"Knowledge helps with the healing process. With chiropractic care, you understand every step of the process rather than relying on a pill to do its job," he said. 

The biggest issue Sirois sees is habits developed at a young age.

"I see parents and kids run the medicine cabinet when something hurts to heal the pain," he said. "But it never actually fixes anything. All it does stabilize the symptoms and never really corrected anything." 

In addition to this treatment option, Missouri healthcare also includes physical, cognitive-behavioral, non-opioid medication and acupuncture therapies to help optimize health outcomes.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A man who pleaded guilty in April to trespassing at two Columbia schools ended up in jail again... More >>
17 minutes ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:29:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - An appeal's court has overturned the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a woman accused of "recklessly" causing the... More >>
45 minutes ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:01:00 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old Springfield man who killed his friend and dumped the body on the side of... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 12:23:57 PM CDT June 18, 2019 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A St. Louis judge says Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature cannot cut off funding to abortion providers and... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 9:52:00 AM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS - Planned Parenthood in St. Louis is required to submit a "Plan of Correction" to the Missouri Department... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, June 18 2019 Jun 18, 2019 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 2:54:00 AM CDT June 18, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA - Moniteau County is considering regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) that are more restrictive than state law.... More >>
18 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 7:49:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Central Missouri Honor Flight 58 left Tuesday morning. This Honor Flight features 110 veterans from the Korean and... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 5:55:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Exclusive surveillance video shows a 2-year-old child dragged and then hit by a mini-van Monday morning. ... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 4:40:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former FBI agent who was involved in the criminal investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 4:01:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
BOONVILLE - Flooding along the Missouri River is still affecting the Katy Trail near Boonville. The annual five-day Katy Trail... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 2:24:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The legacy of former Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman is living on through his community, his co-workers and the... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 1:48:00 PM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Court documents reveal details behind the arrest of alleged child abductor Jillanne Pagano. Pagano is accused... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 11:49:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
TRENTON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Highway Patrol says a 24-year-old police officer is recovering after being shot by a... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 8:59:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - During the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday, it is expected to discuss construction for a hiking trail... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 2:54:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The city council plans to vote on the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) on Monday. The... More >>
1 day ago Monday, June 17 2019 Jun 17, 2019 Monday, June 17, 2019 2:18:00 AM CDT June 17, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - A Brumley man was pronounced dead at the scene of a single car accident on MO 42... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 8:33:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
FULTON - Two Fulton residents were arrested Sunday afternoon after authorities say they resisted arrest. Fulton Police attempted to... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:34:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
OLEAN - As natural disasters swept through Missouri, some people are unable to stay in their homes. Flood victims... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, June 16 2019 Jun 16, 2019 Sunday, June 16, 2019 5:00:00 PM CDT June 16, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
3pm 81°
4pm 82°
5pm 82°
6pm 81°