Beating Addictions Holistically: The Chiropractic Holistic Solutions

By Terry Marvin, Program Director for The Recovery Team

Beating Addictions Holistically

“Studies show that clients who receive chiropractic adjustments during their recovery program have less anxiety, feel better, have increased attention spans and are more likely to complete the program successfully”, which is why we have partnered with Dr. Andrew P. Hope, Medical Director of Hope Health & Wellness. We have added his chiropractic care and expertise to the portfolio of services that we now offer to our clients,” says Terry Marvin, Program Director for The Recovery Team in North Palm Beach, FL.

Why chiropractic care? “When a bone in your spine is misaligned, it can put pressure on the structures of the spine and cause pain, muscle spasms or a pinched nerve,” Dr. Hope explains. “A chiropractor locates these misaligned bones and realigns (adjust) them which helps reduce pain and inflammation. The Chiropractic Adjustment works to “Turn On” the nervous system and stimulates the “Brain Reward Cascade” mechanism which makes you feel better, have more energy, as well as increased focus and awareness.

“How will chiropractic care help in a client’s recovery? It is well known that taking drugs or alcohol over prolonged periods of time suppresses the Neurotransmitters in your brain and nervous system creating what is called a chemical imbalance. Neurotransmitters are the amino acids which transmit signals from one nerve to another in the brain. It has been shown that people suffering with chemical dependencies have a significant loss in the amount of neurotransmitter activity especially dopamine, serotonin, GABA, and acetylcholine (ACh). Research shows that precise localized chiropractic spinal adjustments specific to the upper cervical spine stimulates the central nervous system to increase the production of these neurotransmitters, helping to balance the chemicals in your brain which makes you start to feel better almost immediately. This is known as the brain reward cascade.”

Symptoms Linked With Neurotransmitter Imbalance:

Anxiety                 • Depression                            • Sleep disorders-insomnia
• Mood disorders           • Behavioral problems               • Attention-deficit/lack of focus
• Panic attacks              • Increased sensitivity to pain    • Fatigue/headaches
• Hormonal changes      • Appetite/weight control issues

“Chiropractic care is effective in helping to reduce pain by realigning the vertebrae in the spine which helps reduce pressure and inflammation on the discs, muscles and nerves. How should I feel after receiving my chiropractic adjustments? It is not uncommon to feel a little stiff and sore after getting your first adjustment. Your muscles may feel sore similar to exercising for the first time. However, you should also feel the following improvements in your condition with continued treatment.”

•Less anxiety        •Increased mental clarity, awareness and focus
•Better sleep         •Less tension and stress                       •Overall well being

By Dr. Andrew P. Hope, D.C., C.C.S. is the Medical Director of Hope Health & Wellness
with two Palm Beach County clinics specializing in neuromuscular-skeletal conditions.