Think Chiropractic is Addictive? Think Again.

Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those affecting the spine. It involves a hands-on approach to adjusting the spine, as well as other joints and tissues, in order to promote healing and alleviate pain. One common misconception about chiropractic is that it is addictive, but this idea lacks scientific evidence and is based on misinformation.

Chiropractic does not involve the use of drugs or chemicals. It is a non-invasive and non-chemical treatment that focuses on correcting misalignments in the spine and joints. The goal of chiropractic is to improve the body’s natural ability to heal itself, not to introduce a chemical substance that alters the brain’s chemistry or produces a euphoric effect. Therefore, it is not possible for someone to become addicted to chiropractic treatment.

Additionally, chiropractors are professionals who provide conservative care that addresses the root cause of the problem rather than masking the symptoms. They encourage their patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including eating a balanced diet, exercising, and managing stress. This approach aims to treat the underlying problem and prevent future pain, rather than simply treating the symptoms with drugs.

Furthermore, chiropractic does not cause any withdrawal symptoms or cravings. Addiction causes compulsive behaviour or craving that is difficult to control. Chiropractic treatment does not produce such symptoms, and it is not possible for someone to develop an addiction to chiropractic care.

So, chiropractic is not addictive. Scientific evidence does not support the concept of chiropractic addiction, and it is a myth. Chiropractic therapy is a safe, non-invasive, and effective way to treat musculoskeletal disorders and relieve chronic pain. It is a vital component of a comprehensive healthcare plan that promotes wellness and overall health.

Why Does This Myth Exist?

From the outside, someone can perceive healthy chiropractic patients as addicts because they go regularly.  This is just as crazy as calling the dentist addictive or the gym addictive because you made the decision to go regularly.  

What if You Feel Like You Are a Chiropractic Addict?

We know that chiropractic is not addictive at all.   It is a healthy lifestyle choice. If you wait until you are in pain and then get care when you “feel the need,” then you are waiting for the pain to compel you to get your “quick fix.”  This pattern is not an addiction; it is your body signalling your need for care.  You require more of the right amount and type of care to strengthen your body and end this reactive cycle.  

It is Something to Feel Good About!

I have met many patients who were literally worried they would become addicted to care.   Every adjustment improves your health and helps to prevent a wide range of problems, including osteoarthritis, headaches, back pain and posture problems.   It is one of life’s guilt-free pleasures.  Enjoy it!