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Colorado Active Health Chiropractic PLLC
2323 S. Troy Street Suite 6-200, Aurora,Colorado,80014
Phone: 303-766-2357
Dr. Hamilton Chiropractor in Aurora and Castle Rock

“We will listen to you, spend time with you, and help you recover.”

-Dr. John Hamilton D.C.

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Acupressure for Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking is not easy: all smokers and ex-smokers will tell you this well-known fact. But, over time, new methods to facilitate the abandonment of this dependence have appeared. However, the chances of success are directly related to your real desire to crush the terrible habit permanently.  Some people stop smoking in their first attempt, but most have periodic bouts with the habit and invariably succumb to the habit once again. broken-cigarette  


Some people are able to quit “cold turkey” and never look back, while others have continuous problems with relapse and some people are able to gradually reduce their consumption. The more you are motivated and prepared to quit, the more likely you are to succeed.  What will help you get motivated?  Emphysema? Cancer? New Years? Cost? A new baby? No matter your motivation, alternative treatments can help; some people are able to stop themselves by utilizing active care chiropractic treatments at our office.  


Chances are better when you use a program offering counselling and social support as well as a alternative treatments including acupressure, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustments.


Quit smoking by yourself?

It is possible that you stop smoking or using other tobacco products by yourself. The success is usually based on a number of factors including the amount of consumed tobaccosmashed-cigarette (smoking), chewing tobacco or snuff, duration of smoking, the level of support provided and your general state of health.  Many self-help materials and online resources can help you quit smoking without you having to participate in a recognized program. Publications like brochures available from the Canadian Cancer Society, for example, offer advice and support, but often do little to ease the cravings you will experience.  Here is one method you may or may not have heard of.  First, smoke half cigarette, then unwrap the remainder of the cigarette, and put some of the granules in your mouth which will cause a very unpleasant taste, swish it around in your mouth for 20 seconds.  It will give you a very unpleasant taste and will create a general aversion toward the substance.  Be sure to completely spit out the granules, do not ingest any of it, and thoroughly rinse your mouth.  The next time, you want a cigarette, do step 2 first, then smoke half a cigarette.  Repeat, several times, and over time a natural negative association will be created, helping you quit successfully.  


Medication

Have you seen this at the end of the medication commercial, in a low tone voice that you are meant to ignore?  “May cause an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose and mouth, delirium, psychotic episodes, and in rare instances instant death.”   These warnings and drugs are produced by the same people that will tell you, “Acupuncture is dangerous.”  A new drug, Champix, has emerged in recent years which was developed by Pfizer to stop smoking, it is, however, subject to a warning from Health Canada which says, "The possibility of an increased risk of heart attack or stroke in patients with cardiovascular disease can neither be confirmed nor ruled out for the moment."  Moreover, the list of potential side effects of this drug is quite long. It involves abdominal pain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, or even a risk of depression.  Does that sound like healing?  No.


Acupuncture

Acupuncture relies on medical grade tiny needles gently pressed into various strategic locations.  The results will speak for themselves.  You will experience relief from your cravings and a firmer resolve to overcome your addiction.  For some, acupuncture has proven effective in removing nicotine addiction, but the success rate is not clinically proven, but ask yourself, why have the Chinese done such a treatments for so many years, as in centuries?  The process is simple; it involves poking very fine needles into the skin at certain points of the body (acupuncture points) to help restore body balance. It is believed that specific points on the body are related to the urge to smoke. It is also believed that acupuncture can induce the body to release natural painkillers called endorphins to mimic the effects of nicotine on the brain.


Is it worth it?  Do the math, a pack a day for the rest of your life, or 10 sessions that might help you end the habit all together.  You have tried and failed.  You have cravings you can’t control.  You have the desire to change, why not give it a try?  If you do 10 sessions at our clinic and are not smoke free within 2 months, simply see us and we will send you a $100 Walmart gift card.  If you want to be successful this time, we are confident we can help, call us today!

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