ASHEBORO, N.C. - The Salvation Army is partnering with HealthSource Chiropractic Care to help fight the opioid crisis.
HealthSource is one of the nation's largest chiropractic franchises with more than 250 health care clinics across the country.
The clinics promote massages, progressive rehabilitation, and chiropractic treatments as alternatives to prescription pain medications for chronic back pain.
Health experts say chronic back pain is a leading precursor to opioid prescriptions, and half of the opioid overdose deaths in the country are attributed to prescribed opioids.
During National Spinal Health Month in October, all HealthSource clinics will reduce initial visit fees from $189 to just $20.
The money will be donated to The Salvation Army to help fund nearly 140 rehabilitation centers that help individuals overcome drug and alcohol addiction, including opioid or heroin addiction.
"Many Americans don't realize how big of a role The Salvation Army plays in helping individuals and families who are dealing with drug and alcohol addiction," said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. "We are pleased to partner with HealthSource to raise funds and awareness for the substantial need for opioid rehabilitation services in the cities we serve."
The Salvation Army uses work therapy, counseling sessions, spiritual direction, and life-skills development to help people learn how to abandon substance abuse.
Medical doctors, chiropractors, and acupuncturists are coming together to recommend non-pharmacologic and non-surgical options for patients with chronic back pain to combat the opioid crisis.
"This is a huge problem in our country, and fortunately there are real solutions for those who are in pain," said Dr. Tomshack. "We want everyone to know that we can get you out of pain, without the use of drugs. We're so happy to be able to partner with The Salvation Army to contribute to this very sad epidemic."
Click here to donate directly to The Salvation Army to help fight the opioid crisis.