America has a serious problem, and I am not talking about the coronavirus or the protests that are currently sweeping across the nation causing unrest and exacerbating the economy. No, I am referring to a more stealthy killer. One that takes time, but is no less costly to the victim and their loved ones. I am talking about painkillers, specifically opioids.
The opioid crisis has been one of the most devastating problems over the past 10 or more years. One reason opioids pose such an issue is because they are highly addictive. This addiction often leads to abuse, which ultimately leads to health issues and even death.
The good new is chiropractors across the country are utilizing adjustments in an effort to help treat addiction.
What Causes addiction?
According to Eric Nazarrenko, DC, addiction occurs when the brain moves from seeking reward from a drug to craving a drug. Nazarrenko goes on to explain that the switch from reward to craving is determined by dopamine, which is found in the brain.
How Chiropractic Helps fight against addiction
Chiropractors are highly-trained, sought after healthcare professionals who specialize in the treatment of the neuro-musculoskeletal system. This is an important factor to keep in mind when considering addiction because the spine is the way the brain interacts and interprets the world around it.
All sensory input from the outside world gets sent from sensory nerves to the spinal cord, which then passes the signals over to your brain. The brain processes the information it receives and responds by relaying messages to the body via nerves that run along the spine.
Having said that, when there is a vertebral misalignment in the spine (subluxation), the brain cannot communicate effectively with the rest of the body. This lack of communication negatively impacts the body’s functionality, which leads to a decline in health and wellness.
3 Ways Chiropractic can be applied to addiction
According to Dr. Nazarrenko, there are three primary ways chiropractic care combats addiction.
- When a chiropractor removes a subluxation through the art and science of an adjustment, the body is then freed to operate as it was designed. Alterations in the brain are bidirectional, which means the changes in the brain affect the body and visa versa. When the body is corrected, the communication between the brain and body is restored and life returns to normal.
- A substantial amount of addiction is related to opioids. Chiropractic care provides a hands-on, non-invasive, drug-free alternative to opioid treatment for pain.
- Chiropractic care teaches and encourages people to adopt a holistic approach to health and wellness. Not only does chiropractic offer a wide array of treatments, but it coaches patients how to eat, sleep, and exercise better.
To learn more about chiropractic care and how it can help you overcome your pain call our office (912-826-4444) or visit our website.
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