One in four adults feels lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution.
After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at a higher risk of feeling lonely than others.
For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we’re raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it.
In our blog post, we will discuss the mind-body connection and how Chiropractic care can help with stress and your wellbeing.
The mind-body connection can no longer be ignored! That’s exactly why so many guests are coming to chiropractic care for mood support and well-being improvement.
It may not seem obvious why manipulations in areas of the body like the spine and muscles are connected to mental health. However, it all comes together once you take a holistic view of mental health and the nervous system.
In this blog post, we explore the way the mind-body link which means for guests who may have anxiety, depression and other matters of mental health. They may benefit from Chiropractic care although it is not a full-on treatment for mental health.
Chiropractic Care Beyond “Injuries”
A common assumption is that Chiropractic care is only useful if you need help treating pain or mobility issues following some type of injury or accident. Yes, it’s true that Chiropractic care is often used in these situations.
However, many guests have chiropractic care to address issues related to well-being which can then impact on your physical health but also your mental health.
The link mostly has to do with the way calculated, strategic upper-neck and spinal adjustments actually improve the flow of blood leading to the brain.
This can be a very exciting prospect if you’re seeking a fully natural option that offers many benefits for both general health and pain relief.
Here’s a look at the common ways that anxiety and depression present physically:
- Fatigue or inability to sleep.
- Muscle tension and stiffness.
- Headaches or migraines.
- Aches and pains throughout the body.
- Inability to relax.
It can be clear to see just how difficult it could be to fulfil all of life’s obligations and responsibilities when suffering from these types of symptoms. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to both treat underlying causes of anxiety and address symptoms.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help With Mental Health?
It’s important to understand just a little bit about what happens during a chiropractic adjustment to appreciate how this treatment may help with mental health.
A Chiropractor is looking for areas of the nervous system that may be out of balance. This typically includes any misaligned vertebra in the spine. The formal term for these misaligned vertebrae is subluxations.
Next, a Chiropractor will use very strategic manipulations to realign the spine. The result is that any nerve pressure that may have been causing undetected stress and discomfort will be relieved.
Guests also find that they experience decreased muscle tension that was formerly responsible for creating a stressful, tense mental state.
The relief that comes following a chiropractic adjustment can often create an infusion of mental clarity. It is also known that the activity that takes place on a biological level regarding hormones during and after a chiropractic adjustment can have very positive implications for mood.
Chiropractic guests enjoy the benefits of the release of important “relaxation” and feel-good hormones like oxytocin and cortisol.
You may be wondering exactly how what’s taking place in the spine impacts the experience going on in the brain. The release of the pressure that was being caused by a misalignment actually “unblocks” the passageways in the nervous system to allow for healthy blood flow and unrestrained nutrient flow throughout the body.
Beyond Chiropractic Visits
Chiropractic care is always focused on treating the whole body. This is precisely why support for mental health does not and should not end when a chiropractic session does.
At Bolton Spinal Health we have Friday Stretch Club which helps you to learn some light stretches and breathing tools that can be used at home to provide “maintenance” support for fighting stress and anxiety and also help you get the most from your Chiropractic treatment.
In addition, other lifestyle techniques for managing symptoms of stress, anxiety, and general mental health concerns should be discussed then you will feel the full benefits of the work that’s being done at each chiropractic session.
It’s also important to say that chiropractic care is not a standalone treatment option for those dealing with anxiety, depression, or other conditions.
In fact, many guests find that combining chiropractic care with things like cognitive or talk therapies can help them to see very positive results using a multidisciplinary approach to mental well-being.
Many guests are surprised to discover just how long they had been living with pain and tension in the body without noticing what was going on once they get relief. To book your visit to Bolton Spinal Health please use the link here.