If you struggle with depression, anxiety, panic attacks or other mental health issues, then you have probably tried numerous remedies.
These may include prescription medications, mental health therapy, meditation and other approaches.
However, did you know that chiropractic care similarly may have a positive impact on your mental health?
It’s true! Just think of some of the symptoms you might experience if you have depression or anxiety. These might include:
- An inability to relax
- Assorted aches and pains throughout your body
- Headaches or even migraines
- Tension and stiffness in various muscle groups
- Extreme fatigue or insomnia
Many of these symptoms of depression and anxiety may be relieved through spinal adjustments.
It’s just one more way that Delaware Integrative Medicine is dedicated to meeting its patients’ overall needs for mental and physical health.
The Body and Mind Connection
It can be easy to forget just how closely connected the body and mind are. If you are plagued by constant stress and anxiety, it doesn’t really matter how many healthy choices you make with regard to diet and exercise.
Chronic stress and anxiety contribute to things like inflammation, problems with the cardiovascular system and constantly tense muscles.
When the muscles remain constantly on guard, painful symptoms may ensue. These may include headaches or migraines that may result from chronic tension in the head, neck and shoulders.
Additionally, pain the lower back region as well as the upper extremities frequently is connected to on-the-job stress.
The sensible way to respond to mental health problems that cause physical symptoms is with an integrative approach.
The Potential Benefits of Chiropractic Care on Mental Health
Here are just a few of the benefits that chiropractic care may provide:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Improve the health of your nervous system
- Get better sleep
- Lower muscle tension to experience fewer headaches
- Help you relax
- Feel less chronic pain
- A natural treatment with no side effects
Let’s take a deeper look at each of these benefits.
Improve Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major problem for many people. It’s no secret that high blood pressure frequently is exacerbated by stress, which is a main risk factor for conditions such as depression and anxiety.
However, chiropractic treatments may have the effect of lowering your blood pressure, which improves both your physical and mental health.
A Healthier Nervous System
Chiropractors believe in the treatments that they provide because of the scientific evidence that proves these treatments have a positive effect on the nervous system. When your spine is improperly aligned, pressure builds in the brain stem. This pressure may interfere with neurological health and your personal chemical balance.
Typically, people who experience impairments to neurological health and chemical imbalances rely on prescription medications to address these issues. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that spinal realignments can do just as well, if not better.
This happens because manipulation of the spine alters the body’s biochemical pain perception marks and the stress response. During these treatments, hormones are released. These include cortisol, which blocks inflammatory pain, and oxytocin, which is responsible for boosting feelings of bonding.
Similarly, the hormone called neurotensin also is released during chiropractic treatments. It helps to neutralize pain that is induced by stress.
It is because of the release of these hormones that chiropractic treatments can feel good both physically and mentally.
More Restful Sleep
Every night, millions of people struggle to get the peaceful, restful sleep that they deserve. Some insomnia sufferers look to over-the-counter drugs, and those who are dealing with a chronic, long-standing condition may even seek prescription medications to ameliorate their symptoms.
The trouble with medications that are intended to induce sleep is that they frequently have side effects. People sometimes report sleep walking, drowsiness during the daytime, problems with balance, dry mouth, diarrhea and other issues.
Moreover, some of these sleeping pills are habit-forming or addictive.
On the other hand, chiropractic adjustments may be able to help you sleep better without having to rely on pills, dealing with troubling side effects or worrying about addiction.
Chronic muscle tension is a major contributing factor to headaches and migraines. Unfortunately, depression can cause muscle tension, which means experiencing more frequent headaches.
The primary purpose of spinal adjustments is to relieve muscle tension. It follows then that chiropractic care can lead to having fewer headaches.
When you are stressed and suffering from conditions like depression and anxiety, it can be difficult to relax. Enjoying favorite pastimes or conversations with friends can become impossible.
Fortunately, chiropractors work hard to foster a relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere. They also know that electrical activity in the muscles can be decreased by as much as 25 percent thanks to chiropractic treatments.
Less electrical activity means better relaxation, and that can improve both your physical and mental health.
Alleviate Chronic Pain
People who have a condition that forces them to live with chronic pain know that this can cause them to have fuzzy thinking. Moreover, chronic pain can depress the mood and have a negative impact on mental well-being.
It is no secret that pain is a major contributing factor to depression. Mental health experts believe that people who have chronic pain are three to four times more likely to experience depression than people who do not have a condition that causes chronic pain.
Appropriate spinal alignment has the effect of easing chronic pain. This may have a direct positive impact on depression, which may mean having to rely less on prescription medications.
Treatment Without Side Effects
People are becoming increasingly interested in health remedies that are all-natural and do not cause harmful side effects. Chiropractic care is just one option for improving both physical and mental health with worrying about side effects.
People who take prescription medications that are meant to alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety may experience side effects such as fatigue, insomnia, nausea and weight gain.
However, chiropractic care does not cause any of these side effects. This means that you can experience fewer of the symptoms of anxiety and depression without being forced to deal with uncomfortable side effects.
Treatments that Focus on the Whole Patient
Receiving chiropractic care isn’t just about spinal alignment. Instead, chiropractors focus on the health and well-being of the whole patient.
The close connection between the mind and the body means that chiropractic treatments will always be beneficial for both physical and mental health.
Of course, this does not have to be the only treatment for mental health issues. Think of chiropractic as just one approach to improving conditions like depression and anxiety.
Rely on techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling to discover other tools that can bring you healing. Experiment with journaling, meditation, nature walks, healthy foods and regular exercise to help further alleviate your symptoms.
Talk to Delaware Integrative Medicine
At Delaware Integrative Medicine, we believe in treating the whole patient. This frequently means using numerous approaches to treating a single condition.
Of course, because of the close connection between the body and the mind, many of our patients discover that when they come in for a spinal adjustment, they leave with more far-reaching advantages than reduced pain in the back.
They may find that they have fewer headaches, feel more relaxed, get better sleep and generally experience fewer symptoms of conditions like anxiety and depression.
If you would like to explore how chiropractic care could benefit your body and your mind, contact Delaware Integrative Medicine today.