By Dr. Ryan Burkhart

Chiropractic care as a healthcare approach not only improves health and wellness but may play a major role in combating the opioid crisis in America. Research confirms that opioid use is a problem. Addiction rates can be as high as 23% of users according to sources and is often cited as a gateway drug to heroin and other illegal drugs1. Overdose is also a growing cause of accidental death. A recent study was conducted in New Hampshire found that individuals that utilized chiropractic care were 55% less likely to utilize opioids for pain management2. This is encouraging news. We hope to utilized the most advanced techniques at Burkhart & Chapp Chiropractic to be a part of the solution. If you have questions, call us at 616.698.0046. To learn more about the study, check out the link below.


  1. American Society of Addiction Medicine
  2. Whedon JM, et al. (2018). Association between utilization of chiropractic services for treatment of low-back pain and use of prescription opioids. J Altern Complement Med.