If you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, chiropractic care can help! Chiropractic involves a holistic approach that favors adjusting physical symptoms in order to improve mental ones. New studies support chiropractic care as an effective tool to relieve certain mental health symptoms.
Research has shown that not only does the brain rely on normal structural integrity and joint movement, but also that the complex neuro-chemical pathways involved in helping us “feel good” are tied into your spine health. “By normalizing interference [in the nervous system], things like anxiety and a sense of well-being are [positively] affected.” We now know that many naturally occurring brain and spinal cord substances play a role in emotions, anxiety, and pain reduction. A healthy spine, therefore, leads to an increased sense of well-being.
We also need to look at the relationship between chronic pain and mental health. Between 30-80% of people with chronic pain will have some type of depression. When you have dramatic changes in your quality of life, find it difficult to sleep, are easily agitated, and cannot perform your normal daily activities, a vicious cycle begins – pain leading to more depression, which leads to more pain. Chronic pain also causes a continuous provocation of the nervous system. This neurological inflammation creates changes in the brain’s processes associated with injury, disease, and depression. Adjusting your spine to relieve inflammation can reduce the chronic pain so you can focus on improving your mental health!
Searching out appropriate cognitive therapy that helps patients modify and replace damaging behaviors and thoughts is an essential part of the healing process. But for many, chiropractic may be a natural, affordable care option for improving the quality of life for patients with depression and/or anxiety. At Alive Chiropractic, new patients will receive $40 off of their first appointment. This includes a full health consultation, neurological and muscle evaluations, and the doctor’s report of findings. Schedule your initial visit today!