Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Do you use Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Diclofenac?

Today a major article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has concluded that in certain cases the use of Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (referred to in the medical profession as NSAIDs) can increase the risk of heart failure by up to 19% in the two weeks following taking them. I have to say this was news to me, as Advil and Neurofen have been my go to painkillers for 30+ years. I have been prescribed Naproxen in the past for dental abscess pain. They are effective, but that is quite a risk 19% more likely to suffer a heart attack. (Read the full article here)

How do NSAIDs work?

Let us take ibuprofen as an example. Here’s the science bit. Ibuprofen blocks the production of prostaglandins, substances our body releases in response to illness and injury. Prostaglandins cause pain and swelling (inflammation); they are released in the brain and can also cause fever. Ibuprofen’s painkilling effects kick in soon after a dose is taken.

So actually inflammation is a good thing as it a natural response to illness and injury. By blocking these, the body’s own defences are not being able to fight the injury and repair itself. However, pain hurts and sometimes it simply is not possible, advisable, or tolerable to think, it hurts therefore; the body is fighting it. It maybe true, but we all need help sometimes. But, it is a balancing act, as if we constantly take NSAIDs for the slightest pain, then we start to become immune to them and expect something to take the pain away. Equally we have to function in life, so if the edge can be taken off the pain then that can be a good thing to.

Is there an alternative to NSAIDs?

There is always an alternative, do nothing is an alternative, but hardly a useful one in most situations. Let us remember NSAIDs do nothing except mask pain, they do not cure what is causing the pain. They may mask the pain until the body has repaired itself, but the body has done it all by itself.

If you are taking a NSAID for any muscle ache or joint ache (often called musculoskeletal) then have you considered a therapy than would work by reducing the tension in the body that could be causing the pain. No one area of the body works in total isolation. When it comes to the muscles and bones, they are subject to intense forces holding them in just the right position to work effectively. If you then have a trauma, injury, or illness that causes pain where you need NSAIDs it is possible that the cause of the pain is not where the pain is felt. By having a fascial release treatment such as Bowen Fascial Release Technique, the tensional misalignment can be corrected, which will lead to a reduction in the pain you experience. Sounds good. It is, and it works. There is of course, one other benefit of Bowen Fascial Release Technique instead of taking NSAIDs, you are no longer 19% more likely to have heart failure. Book your Bowen Fascial Release Technique treatment today, there is no need to be in pain or suffer an increased risk of heart failure by taking NSAIDs.