You may not think your chiropractor would concern himself with your smoking habits. After all you just came to him to get your back fixed not your lungs. I recently had a patient who when I saw him pull out his pack of cigarettes I asked him if he wanted to quit. He said yes. When I counseled him and gave him some advice about how to quit and what tools were available to him he brought that same concern to me. He didn’t expect his chiropractor to discuss his smoking.
Most people do not know the full risks of smoking. I doubt I know them all. Smoking does have direct links to the spine. Studies have linked smoking to joint restrictions, osteoporosis, compression fractures, back pain, disc degeneration and decreased healing times. It may or may not be the smoke that causes joint dysfunction/subluxations, but smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have them. They also take longer to recover from them.
Chiropractors are trained for and concerned with wellness. That is more than just your back. That involves your whole body function. It’s true I’m not going to directly treat your lung cancer, but I will provide or recommend treatments, diet or lifestyle changes that will help your body to do it’s best in fighting that cancer. If you let your chiropractor help you in your path to wellness they will provide a great many more benefits than just back pain relief.