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Massage versus Opioids

When I refer to opioids I mean painkillers derived from the poppy flower or painkillers synthesises to have a similar effect. Although they have been used for thousands of years, they have largely been used by the medical profession for over a century. Significant problems with opioids include addiction (which can lead to abuse of opioids), cognitive impairment, and the development of tolerance to them. Numerous studies have shown that massage can be highly effective in helping manage pain, thus avoiding the need of painkilling medication.

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High Petergate, York