An addiction can be as simple as craving sugary things but more often refers to more serious problems such as drug or alcohol addictions. Addiction is a disease that affects many Americans and their families. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, addiction is the leading cause of death and crime. Seeking the help of addiction specialists is always a good idea, but research has shown that chiropractic care may also aid in helping individuals recover from an addiction.

How Your Body’s Health Affects Addiction

The nervous system controls every other system in the body, such as the immune system, digestive system, and circulatory system. The central nervous system, which is essentially the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord, sends out transmitters to the rest of the body. The spine is the conduit for those transmitters, so the spine and central nervous system work in conjunction for our bodies to function properly. When neurotransmitters are released in the proper order, then your body feels a sense of calm that can help you cope with the addiction recovery process. Without this feeling of calm and well-being, negative emotions such as anxiety may cause people to turn to addiction.

Research has shown that some people born with the A1 allele of the D2 dopamine defect can suffer from a lack of feeling rewarded from everyday activities, which can lead to Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS).  This causes an inability to feel a sense of well-being or see hope in life.  To make up for this, one might turn to chain smoking or alcohol to cope.  Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor focuses on the spinal health of his practice members to ensure that neurotransmitters are properly released in the body, creating positive emotional feelings.

Chiropractic Adjustments Help You Overcome Addiction

While chiropractic care is not in and of itself a complete fix for addiction, it is a method that can greatly reduce spinal nerve stress, thus enhancing overall health and aiding in the addiction recovery process. Charlotte chiropractors take a holistic approach to treating your body through chiropractic care.  Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic uses chiropractic adjustments to promote whole body health.  Subluxations in the spine can hinder neurotransmissions from being released in the correct order. Furthermore, misalignments may also block the transmitters from passing through altogether.

Studies have shown that consistent chiropractic adjustments ensure the proper release of transmitters, which can help in overcoming addictions by giving an overall sense of well-being needed to fight off an addiction. One such study showed that 100% of the patients who received chiropractic care while undergoing an addiction program completed their respective programs. Because a healthy spine and central nervous system interaction also decreases emotional stress, these patients also found that consistent chiropractic adjustments reduced anxiety and depression throughout the program.  If you are in Charlotte and would like more information on how chiropractic can help with addiction, contact Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic to schedule a consultation.

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