Many people may never consider visiting their chiropractor when they are emotionally down. Typically, people think of a chiropractor as a physical pain relief specialist and not a mental health professional. However, just one visit to a chiropractor may be more beneficial when feeling unhappy, then several visits to a therapist.
There are many different factors that can affect mood, factors that can originate both internally and/or externally. While some external factors are often beyond control, like the loss of a job or death of a loved one, many of the things that affect mood are controllable. Often, even the anxiety caused by those external factors outside of your control can be mitigated through stress-management techniques.
Over 40 million adults in the U.S. struggle with mental health issues annually. Worldwide, depression is the number-one cause of disability, and anxiety affects nine out of every 10 Americans at some point in their lives. Symptoms of anxiety and depression can include an inability to relax, insomnia, fatigue, headache, body aches, and pains and muscle stiffness or soreness.
A common thread behind happy people is they all seem to have discovered sound coping mechanisms. These include being able to effectively deal with depression and anxiety, achieve enough sleep, and know how to relax.
Studies have found people with the best posture also have the best effect or attitude. Other studies have shown that if posture is compromised, the spine and nervous system are also affected. This can cause a chain reaction throughout the body that affects your overall well-being. The curious thing is, poor posture can cause depression, and depression can cause poor posture. However, nice posture can alleviate depression! There are several reasons for this phenomena, but it is essential to understand that the nerves in your spinal column innervate the entire body. Any impingement on the nerves will inhibit the nervous system and alter how you ultimately think and feel.
Insomnia is also a significant cause of poor mood and affects three in five people at some point in their lives. Studies have shown that chiropractic care may help improve sleep patterns. Many people suffering from depression also suffer from muscle tension that often leads to headaches. Chiropractic care also helps people relax. Clinical studies have found that the electrical activity in overactive muscles was reduced by 25 percent after a chiropractic adjustment. Moreover, clinical studies have shown chiropractic care triggers the production of beneficial hormones, including cortisol, neurotensin, and oxytocin, that all aid in relaxation.
Taken together, chiropractic care can address most issues that are known to affect mood. If you are dealing with depression or anxiety, contact us at Brookfield Chiropractic Brookfield WI. We are not only a pain relief specialist; our team at Pure Family Chiropractic is well equipped to help you improve your mood and general outlook through a holistic care plan.