03 Oct Mental Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Since October is National Depression Awareness Month, it’s an optimal time to discuss drug-free treatments that can boost your mood. The primary purpose of spinal adjustments is to address problems associated with the body’s muscles, bones, and nerves, but there are also many surprising mental health benefits of chiropractic care.
Consider some of the physical symptoms tied to depression:
- Fatigue or insomnia
- Muscle tension and stiffness
- Headaches or migraines
- Aches and pains
- Inability to relax
If you struggle with any of these symptoms, you will be pleased to learn the many ways spinal adjustments are proven to help alleviate them.
Mind-Body Approach to Healing
There’s no doubt that the mind and body are connected. In fact, chiropractors are trained to take their patients’ mental well-being into account when they perform spinal adjustments.
In a survey of 2,818 patients who completed chiropractic care, 76 percent of them reported positive changes in their mental and emotional status, which lasted for several months after receiving treatment. Clearly, the efforts of chiropractors to improve mental health are paying off.
Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a common symptom of stress, which is closely tied to depression and anxiety. One particular study found that blood pressure decreases following chiropractic treatment, which can benefit both your physical and mental health.
Healthier Nervous System & Release of Feel-Good Hormones
The alignment of your spine has a fascinating effect on your nervous system. If your spine (especially the first, second, or third vertebrae) isn’t aligned properly, pressure can develop in the brain stem that interferes with your chemical balance and neurological health.
People with depression often turn to medications to improve this balance, but often, non-pharmaceutical therapy that re-aligns the spine can work wonders. This is because spinal manipulation changes your body’s biochemical markers of pain perception and stress response. After having your spine adjusted, certain hormones increase, including:
- Cortisol, which blocks pain derived from inflammation
- Oxytocin, which boosts feelings of social bonding
- Neurotensin, which neutralizes stress-induced pain
The release of these feel-good brain chemicals is the reason why getting a chiropractic adjustment feels so good, both physically and emotionally!
If you struggle with insomnia and fatigue, don’t reach for addictive, potentially harmful pills—try getting a spinal adjustment instead! The ability to help you sleep better is one of the mental health-related benefits of chiropractic care you certainly want to take advantage of.
Less Muscle Tension, Fewer Headaches
When you have chronic muscle tension, you’re more likely to experience headaches and migraines. If you struggle with muscle tension because of your depression, chiropractic care can help. After all, relieving tense muscles is a primary goal of spinal adjustments.
One study demonstrates this well. Before receiving chiropractic care, a group of patients experienced an average of 6.4 headaches per two-week period lasting an average of 6.7 hours per episode. After receiving 12 spinal adjustments over eight weeks, these numbers decreased to 3.1 headaches per two-week period lasting an average of 3.88 hours per episode. This level of relief can be a game-changer for people who experience headaches related to poor mental health.
The atmosphere of a chiropractic session encourages patients to feel more relaxed. In addition, studies show that the electrical activity in muscles decreases by 25 percent after receiving chiropractic care. This degree of physical relaxation can help patients achieve improved mental health as well.
Less Chronic Pain
As anyone with chronic health problems can attest to, being in pain all the time can cloud the mind and have a significant effect on mood and mental well-being. In fact, pain is often the cause of depression. According to Mental Health America, the rate of depression is three to four times higher in people with chronic pain than in healthy individuals.
When the spine is properly aligned, chronic pain decreases, and any depression stemming from that pain decreases as well. This leads to a healthier body and mind.
No Harmful Side Effects
With chiropractic care, you enjoy all of the above benefits without the common side effects of depression and anxiety medication, which may include nausea, weight gain, insomnia, and fatigue. In fact, chiropractic care has no known side effects, so it’s safe for anyone to try. Of course, you shouldn’t change or stop taking any medications without your doctor’s approval.
At Mile High Spine & Pain Center in Broomfield, we are proud to help our patients enjoy these benefits of chiropractic care and more! We stand behind the effectiveness of our treatments and encourage you to seek care from our chiropractor to improve your mental health and physical wellness.
We would be happy to answer any questions you have about the benefits of chiropractic care. To schedule a free consultation, please contact us at (720) 507-0080.