Would you believe me if I told you that a chiropractic adjustment can reduce your anxiety and/or depression? Sounds weird, right? Well, it’s true. Getting an adjustment on a regular basis can reduce anxiety and not only help you feel good physically but also feel good mentally. Chiropractors take a holistic approach to wellness and can help you feel better without chemicals and drugs that mess with the bodies state of homeostasis.
Many chiropractors work to improve health in the body through adjusting the spine, therapeutic exercise, and diet and nutrition. When the spine is adjusted, pain and inflammation can be reduced, leading to overall better quality of life. This can also improve pathways for hormones to flow freely throughout the body. Often, pathways can be blocked when the body is out of alignment so getting adjusted allows for the hormones to produce easier and flow at a better rate. Therapeutic exercise promotes the production of endorphins which leads to happier thoughts and feelings of positivity, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety. Chiropractors often focus of diet and nutrition to aid patients in their overall health. This can help target anxious feelings because many processed foods lead to anxiety and depression due to the chemicals that are in them. A doctor can help pinpoint where anxious thoughts are stemmed from and help find the proper supplements that are healthier,without all the negative side effects.
Since our spine is the central pathway in the body, getting an adjustment target all of the body, not just one or two spots. Research has shown that when a patient gets an adjustment, hormones are released and target the body to feel better. These hormones are cortisol, oxytocin, and neurotensin. Cortisol blocked pain that is stemmed from inflammation. Oxytocin promotes happy feelings and the urge to build relationships. Neurotensin reduces pain that is induced by stress. Now, I don’t know about you but these all sound like hormones that i want more of in my body so why wouldn’t you want to get an adjustment?
All of this sounds so perfect already but getting an adjustment can also improve lack of sleep sleep which often is tied to stress and anxiety, relieves tension in the neck and head that can cause depression because people don’t love engaging in contact with others leaving them in a depressed state, and promotes relaxation in the body which reduces stress.
Anxiety and depression are the two leading mental disorders affecting so many people each and every day. If this is something prevalent in your life, book your adjustment today to start feeling better.