Combat Addictions with Chiropractic

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While people can experience addictions to many things, such as sugar or caffeine, some experience more severe addictions, such as alcohol or drug addictions.  Addiction is a leading cause of crime and one of the top causes of death, affecting many families across the nation.  If you or someone you know suffers from an addiction, it is always a good idea to seek the counsel of an addiction specialist before beginning treatment or seeking additional help for addiction.  In addition to consulting a knowledgeable counselor, chiropractic care has also been shown to aid in combating addictions.

Spinal Health Is Important to Coping with Addiction

The central nervous system is a vital part of the body in that it ultimately controls how all the other systems function.  If the central nervous system is functioning properly, then the rest of the body can usually function at optimal health.  The central nervous system is composed of the spinal cord and brain.  Spinal health is essential in ensuring that all nerves in the body can communicate properly across each system as the spinal cord acts as the lines of communication, allowing neurotransmitters to travel to the rest of the body.  When these neurotransmitters are released from the brain and travel throughout the body in the way they were intended, then a sense of calm is released that can give you the ability to fight addictions.  Without a feeling of calm, negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can arise and impact one’s ability to fight off addictions.

Reward Deficiency Syndrome

Reward Deficiency Syndrome, or RDS, causes a lack of feeling rewarded from everyday activities.  This syndrome can be attributed to the fact that some people are born without the A1 allele of the D2 dopamine effect.  Without this effect, people are unable to feel hope or a sense of well-being in life, so they often turn to addictions such as smoking or alcohol to cope.  A Bentonville chiropractor will focus on spinal health in order to encourage your body to naturally release neurotransmitters that can create more positive emotional feelings instead of negative ones.

Chiropractic for Addiction

Chiropractic alone is not a complete fix for addiction, but it can greatly reduce spinal stress and increase overall health and wellness, significantly benefitting those recovering from addictions.  To ensure that neurotransmitters are released properly and arrive at the correct location, spinal misalignments must first be removed to improve nerve communication throughout the body.  A Bentonville chiropractor can adjust the spine, thus removing these misalignments that block nerve transmission.  Research has shown how chiropractic care can enhance a sense of well-being that aids in fighting off addictions.  In one study, 100% of those who received regular chiropractic adjustments during an addiction recovery program completed their respective program.  They also reported feeling a decrease in emotional stress as well as reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, contact Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic to find out more about how spinal health can help in overcoming addictions.



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