How Chiropractic Care Assists Addiction Recovery

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.

Research

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.

Application

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.

To learn more about this or any of our other chiropractic treatments, speak to the doctors at Apollo Health today.

Pain Management Options Beyond Pills and Drugs

Accidents and injuries are sometimes an inevitable part of life, and these days when you suffer from pain following these events, a physician will often prescribe pain medication to try and help. While pain medications can be a good option for short-term relief, they can become dangerous and addictive if taken over long periods of time. The population of the United States makes up about 5% of the total world population, but consumes about 75% of all prescription medications—and narcotic painkillers were the most commonly abused.

The problem is that millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain from workplace, automobile, or other accidents, find that their pain is difficult to live with, and turn to prescriptions because they believe that is the only way they will get relief.

Alternative Treatment Options

As the staggering statistics on prescription drug abuse mount, many doctors, healthcare professionals, and patients are looking for ways to get pain relief besides popping more pills. There are several alternative treatment options out there, and one of the best and most effective is chiropractic treatment.

Treatment Options

Chiropractic treatment is particularly effective for problems associated with neck and back injuries, which are among the most commonly reported pain issues that cause people to turn to prescription drugs. Chiropractors are trained to understand issues associated with muscle, joint, and bone injuries, and treat the underlying causes of pain rather than just masking the pain with pills. Depending on the cause of your pain, you might need:

  • Spinal adjustments
  • Spinal decompression
  • Stretching for improved flexibility and mobility
  • Acupuncture or massage to relax muscles

In addition to addressing misalignments that put pressure on your nerves and cause pain, these treatments can offer a more holistic approach to pain and effectively reduce your need for painkillers. Adding services such as massage and mobility treatments can also allow your body to recover better and make future adjustments easier, while increasing your range of motion to reduce the chance of re-injuring yourself in the future.

Prescription pain pills can effectively mask pain and offer temporary relief after you suffer from an injury, but can come with significant side effects and long-term consequences that often are not worth the relief they provided for a short time. Becoming addicted to these medications can have serious, life-altering consequences, so if you are suffering from pain, it’s worth your time to visit a chiropractor and find out if you are able to obtain long-lasting relief by addressing the underlying causes of the pain.

4 Benefits of Massage Therapy in a Pain Management Plan

When most people think of massage therapy, they think about something that is reserved for luxurious vacations or a pampering day at the spa. What you might not think about is how beneficial massage can be for many people in their everyday life, especially those who are managing chronic pain. Today many people take part in massage—and not just the spa treatment variety—to help with chronic pain. Massage may not necessarily take the place of other more traditional medical treatment options, but it can be beneficial to add to an overall pain management plan. Here’s why.

Serotonin Release

During massage, your body will release serotonin, a chemical found in the human body that is used as a neurotransmitter and is thought to be a natural anti-pain chemical. It also doesn’t come with the risks or side effects that some over-the-counter medications or prescription opioid pain relief can cause.

Deep, Restorative Sleep

A favorite saying of many doctors is that “sleep is medicine”. Getting enough sleep has tons of benefits for your body, ranging from feeling better and being more alert to regulating appetite and even reducing pain. Even if you are in bed for several hours each night, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting the type of sleep your body needs to heal. A lack of deep, restorative sleep (often called REM, or rapid eye movement sleep) might be aggravating your pain or preventing your body from feeling better. Massage can help you relax, helping to increase your body’s ability to get deep sleep.

Improved Fitness and Physical Function

Studies in two groups of people with the chronic pain conditions fibromyalgia and arthritis showed that massage therapy helped improve pain, reduce stiffness, and increase the physical function of those who received it on a regular basis—as evidenced by their ability to walk a distance of 50 feet in a shorter time period and while reporting less pain. Arthritis sufferers also reported that they had better grip strength and lower instances of anxiety and depression when participating in regular massage.

Reduced Anxiety and Improved Mood

The relaxation that you can achieve with massage can also help reduce anxiety and depression, conditions often associated with chronic pain. In fact, in studies conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, patients rated massage just as high or higher than medications for its ability to provide pain relief.

Massage therapy is beneficial as part of a whole-body approach to pain management. Studies have shown it to be highly effective in helping manage chronic pain associated with arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and other similar conditions. The great news is that you don’t even have to schedule long blocks of time for your massages—many patients see benefits with as little as one to two 20-minute massages each week. To find out more about how massage can help with your chronic pain and how it can be incorporated with other treatments from your chiropractor, visit Apollo Chiropractor today.