Today I am going to discuss chiropractic and addiction.
You may be thinking that I am going to tell you that chiropractic can help people with substance abuse problems and it most certainly can, but what I actually want to discuss is the unfounded statement that “once you start going to a chiropractor, you will have to keep going for the rest of your life because you will become addicted to the treatments.”
This needs clarification because these kinds of claims could prevent people from seeking chiropractic care which could be the answer to all or some of their health problems. And this would be very unfortunate.
When you get a chiropractic adjustment there are many positive physiological changes that happen inside your body.
And one of them is the release of ‘endorphins’.
Endorphins are a chemical (drug) produced inside your very own body and they do 2 things.
One thing they do is relieve pain.
The second thing they do is produce a feeling of euphoria (an intense feeling of wellbeing).
So if this addiction claim were indeed true, I ask you to consider this.
Would you rather be addicted to a substance that is produced in your very own body in the exact formulation and released at exactly the right time and place when you need it, or would you rather be addicted to over-the-counter or prescription pain pills which always have more side-effects than benefits?
I have been practising chiropractic for 30 years.
I don’t think any of my patients have ever become addicted to their adjustments.
They need them, they want them, they benefit from them – but in my opinion they do not get addicted to them.
And even if they did, I can think of a lot of far worse things people can become addicted to!
If you have any questions on this topic or any other health concerns you or your family may have, please give me a call.
Remember that consultations in our office are always free of charge and family appointments are also available.
Our phone number is 905 335 LIFE (5433) or you can email me directly by clicking on the link right on our home page.
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