Smoking increases the time it takes for bones to heal, and further affects the central nervous system. It is imperative for chiropractors to come together to help eradicate smoking among patients, and promote health, freedom, and recovery.
As chiropractors assist their patients without the aid of medication, they have set out upon a path which conveys the belief in natural remedies. It is the chiropractor who believes that a deeper problem lies within the patient, and it cannot be fixed with pills. By fixing the body from the inside, the notion of healing a problem at its route will alleviate the illness at its source.
According to Spine Health, chiropractors specialize in neuromuscular disorders. It is believed that biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine can adversely affect our nervous system. In light of numerous health issues, chiropractic treatment may restore the structural integrity of the patient’s spine by decreasing pressure on sensitive neurological tissues. This will inherently improve the patient’s health.
However, what if the patient smokes?
When a patient smokes cigarettes, they are potentially undoing all of the work their chiropractor has done. Smoking has a direct negative effect on the central nervous system, and it also slows the process of healing.
Central Nervous System
According to Live Strong, out of the 600 plus cigarette additives found in commercial tobacco products, at least 100 have been documented in having pharmacological effects on the human body, “especially the central nervous system.” Some of these effects have been noted as producing severe anxiety and depression. Smoking can also affect the individual’s memory and cognitive abilities.
The negative impact of smoking has a far reach. It can undo much of what a chiropractor has set forth to accomplish with their patient. It can not only adversely impact their patient’s central nervous system, but it can also slow down the individual’s healing process. This can cause pain to be prolonged, resulting in the patient having more anguish than is necessary.
Smoking not only slows down the body’s ability to heal wounds on the skin, but it also slows the healing process of bones. This is a detriment to the work that chiropractors do. Smoking increases the time it takes for adjusted bones to conform and heal, and this can create a problem for the chiropractor. The problem can stem from the fact that as these sessions become longer in duration, and appointments seem to stretch out from 6 weeks to 12 weeks or more, it may seem to the patient that the methods employed by the chiropractor are not effective. This is why it is imperative for chiropractors to come together in support of a mutual cause.
As any doctor cares for their patients, it is imperative that chiropractors come together to begin an initiative that will spread awareness and education among them. It must be made known to patients that smoking will increase the time it takes for treatments to become effective. It must be made known to patients that smoking affects the central nervous system, thus, creating new problems to contend with, as well as increasing the time it takes to correct current medical issues. Once chiropractors everywhere come together for this cause, progress can be made in order to help patients in a lasting and meaningful way. As doctors care for their patients, it is imperative that chiropractors come together to help eradicate smoking among their patients, and promote health, freedom, and true recovery.