Can Chiropractic Addiction Treatment Really Help in Recovery?
Chiropractic addiction treatment is an alternative treatment therapy. Here’s how it can help improve your chances of successful recovery.
Chiropractic medicine focuses on the relationship between the skeleton and the body’s nerves and muscles. When these systems are misaligned, the functioning of the body’s systems is negatively impacted. Chiropractic addiction treatment focuses primarily on the spine area to ensure proper alignment of the spine and its corresponding nerve structures, which can have far-reaching effects on the body and its systems.
Chiropractic addiction treatment on its own isn’t shown through research to be an effective treatment for addiction. But when it’s used along with other therapies through a high-quality rehab program that takes a holistic approach to addiction treatment, it can improve the outcome of treatment. Chiropractic care is one of the most widely used and successful alternative addiction recovery methods used in quality addiction treatment programs.
Here are some ways in which chiropractic addiction treatment helps.
Chiropractic Care Reduces Stress
Reducing stress is a major focus in addiction treatment. Stress can quickly lead to relapse once treatment is complete, and learning ways to ease your stress is important for long-term successful recovery.
Chiropractic addiction treatment has been shown to be effective for reducing stress during treatment. Spinal manipulation can have a relaxing effect on the body, and this leaves you feeling more relaxed and at ease. Additionally, research shows that when the spine is misaligned, it interrupts the proper function of the brain’s neurotransmitters. Adjusting the spine can restore proper brain chemical function, further increasing a sense of calm and wellbeing. This is particularly helpful during the detox phase of treatment.
Chiropractic Care Eases Pain
If you suffer from chronic pain or experience headaches and other types of pain that can leave you vulnerable to relapse, chiropractic addiction treatment can help. According to Harvard Medical School, regular chiropractic care is effective for reducing pain, including back pain, migraines, and neck pain.
Chiropractic Care Improves Retention in Treatment
Completing a treatment program is crucial for successful recovery, and a recent study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry found that chiropractic addiction treatment helps keep clients engaged in their treatment program and improves the retention rate in treatment.
In the study, 98 clients in a Miami drug treatment program were divided into three groups. The first group received the regular treatment offered by the program. In addition to regular treatment, the second group received fake chiropractic treatment that didn’t actually provide spinal adjustments. The third group received regular treatment along with true chiropractic care. In the first group, 74 percent of participants completed the program. In the second group, just 56 percent finished treatment. But in the third group that received real chiropractic care, 100 percent completed the treatment program.
Researchers believe that the difference was largely due to the calming and stress-reducing effects of chiropractic care and the improved neurotransmitter function, which helps improve emotional states and the function of the limbic system.
A Holistic Approach to Addiction Treatment is Best
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration stresses that a holistic approach to treatment that addresses issues of body, mind, and spirit offers the best possible treatment outcomes. WhiteSands Treatment offers a range of alternative addiction recovery methods, chiropractic addiction treatment, yoga, and massage therapy for whole-person healing, stress relief, and a higher engagement level in treatment.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.