Smoking cigarettes is one of our nation’s biggest health concerns, with nearly 16 million Americans living with a disease that is caused by smoking. ¹ Not to mention, the effects of secondhand smoke are detrimental to all of those around you. Not surprisingly, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that smokers, on average, die 10 years earlier than those who don’t smoke.¹
We know that smoking is not an easy habit to break. According to the CDC, in 2011 nearly 70% of adult cigarette smokers wanted to stop smoking. ¹ Could our chiropractors here in Kailua help you quit smoking? According to a pilot study that is currently underway, chiropractic care, massage, and acupuncture in conjunction with a tobacco cessation program could aid in your ability to quit smoking and fight your addiction. In the study, they are using an online tobacco cessation training program in a set of three phases, the third phase being to train current chiropractors and other CAM practitioners regarding ways they could help end the tobacco epidemic through their field of work.²
If your chiropractor was working with you in order to help you kick your habit, do you think that would help? As a tobacco user, you increase the development of your Oxidative stress that can lead to premature aging, as well as cause inflammation, increase pain, and make you more susceptible to degenerative health conditions.₄ Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.ᶟ One of the biggest benefits of chiropractic care is that it relieves stress and inflammation.
There are tons of resources and programs out there for people who are looking to quit smoking. Keep your eye out for further study updates. Maybe sometime in the future your chiropractic clinic will offer aid in your tobacco cessation!