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Chiropractic Care and Mental Health

With winter approaching, it’s important to make sure we’re taking care of our mental health. Whether it be due to seasonal depression or other mental illnesses, winter can often be the most difficult season to get through.

Fortunately, there are tons of professionals and medical providers who can help. And you might be surprised, but Chiropractors can help too.

The Science

Chiropractic adjustments including spinal manipulations break down blockages within the nervous system. This allows blood and nutrients to flow properly through the body, including the hormones your brain needs to function. Studies show that spinal manipulations result in an increase in cortisol, neurotensin, and oxytocin in the bloodstream. These hormones have been shown to act in ways similar to that of antipsychotics and antidepressants.

By releasing the natural hormones stored in your body, you may find relief to the mental illnesses plaguing you without the need for pharmaceuticals. While pharmaceuticals help too, they often come with a plethora of unpleasant side effects, while chiropractic care is clean and natural.

Physical Symptoms

Many of the symptoms of mental health manifest themselves through physical ailments. These include headaches, nausea, muscle fatigue, and aches. Stress is a big contributor to mental illness, and can even be a triggering factor. Your neck and shoulders tend to store the most stress, so an adjustment to this area can ensure the stress doesn’t overwhelm you or impair your mental health.

Chiropractic adjustments are shown to greatly reduce blood pressure, which in turn lowers stress and anxiety levels. You feel good when your body feels good, and relief from pain and tension means you’re better equipped to maintain positive mental health. By treating the physical symptoms of mental illness, the body and mind become more capable of staying healthy.

Sleep

Mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression not only lead to insomnia, but a lack of sleep itself can cause these disorders. Sleep affects every facet of your life, including mental health. Sleep improves the immune system, mood, and allows the body to heal. Chiropractic care has been shown to improve the quality of sleep, which in turn improves mental health. By getting enough sleep your brain is able to reset its hormone levels and allow for a greatly improved quality of life.

If you’re looking for relief from mental illness, perhaps chiropractic care is just what you need. Of course, always contact a mental health professional whenever dealing with a mental health crisis. But if you’re looking for a little more help dealing with mental health, perhaps a chiropractic consultation is just what the doctor ordered.

 

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