According to a study on the Mental Health Facts in America, over 40 million adults in this country face a mental health crisis each year. The most widely known mental health issue may be anxiety disorders, but depression is actually the leading cause of disability globally.
Among the most common symptoms of depression are:
- Fatigue or inability to sleep
- Muscle tension and stiffness
- Headaches or migraines
- Aches and pains throughout the body
- Inability to relax
These physical symptoms often make mental symptoms more challenging to handle. Fortunately, chiropractic care has been shown to alleviate many of them, thereby bringing a sense of overall well-being.
A Holistic Approach to Mental Health
If you are dealing with anxiety or depression, here are some of the ways chiropractic care may help:
A Mind-Body Approach
Generally speaking, chiropractic’s goal is to find the balance between your mind and your body. A chiropractor does this by taking into account all health aspects, including adjustments, exercise, diet, supplements, therapies, and more. For example, a chiropractor understands that even making a small change, such as adding omega-3 into your diet, can help you relieve symptoms of anxiety.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Hypertension is a common side effect of anxiety and/or stress. Several studies suggest chiropractic care may reduce blood pressure and stress symptoms.
All-Natural Solutions without Side Effects
Besides talk therapy, one of the traditional go-to solutions for anxiety and depression is to prescribe some form of prescription medication. The problem is, these often come with nasty side effects such as insomnia, nausea, and weight gain that make matters worse. Chiropractic care is all-natural so you get relief with no side effects.
Adjustments Trigger Positive Hormone Production and Release
Stress leads to the production and release of “fight or flight” hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Over time, these hormones can wreak havoc on the body.
Studies show a spinal adjustment triggers an increase of hormones such as neurotensin and oxytocin, which are involved in positive nervous system functioning that can neutralize stress-induced pain and boost feelings of social bonding.
Helps You Get a Better Night’s Sleep
Studies have suggested that chiropractic care may improve a person’s sleep patterns. This can help those dealing with insomnia, a common side effect of anxiety and depression.
These are just some of the ways chiropractic care may help you find relief from mental health issues. If you would like to explore treatment options, please give the office a call. We are here to help you feel better!