The potential benefits of chiropractic care are wide-ranging, and many people know some of their most common uses. Items like pain management and general alignment are well-known aspects of general chiropractic treatment, and we service each of these diligently at Apollo Health.
There are several other alternative applications for chiropractic care, however, and one of these that’s becoming more popular in recent years is treatment for addiction recovery. New studies have shown links between chiropractic treatment and certain areas which can significantly benefit those recovering from a substance addiction. Let’s look at how.
Misalignments and Neurotransmitters
As we noted, one of the primary functions of a chiropractor is fixing misalignments in the spine and other areas of the body. Recent research has indicated that some of these spinal misalignments, also called subluxations, can interfere with the proper function of neurotransmitters in the brain.
When these subluxations are corrected, this allows the neurotransmitters to once again transmit in the right pattern. For many people, this promotes a sense of calm, and wards off many of the detrimental cravings that tend to fuel addiction and derail recovery attempts.
The research here was first done by a Florida doctor named Jay Holder, who studied treatment for drug addiction in nearly 100 patients and compared chiropractic items to treatment methods without such items. Holder’s research found that participants who had chiropractic elements combined with traditional recovery tactics had a 100 percent level of completion in the program – this is compared to roughly a 55 percent rate for normal drug recovery patients.
In addition, research found that levels of anxiety and depression were significantly lowered in people who received chiropractic care.
These results are significant for multiple reasons. More than one quarter of all participants in 28- or 30-day drug rehab programs in the US will drop out before completing the full program, and chiropractic treatment might make a real dent in this figure. The sense of calm can induce more willingness to participate in a group setting, and more success within it.
Holder’s research stresses that chiropractic care is not a sole treatment for addiction recovery, but rather a complementary treatment meant to supplement existing methods. However, success rates show that it can be a powerful tool.