Whether you’re new to chiropractic or have been treated for years, the results of adjustments are tangible. Pain is diminished or gone, you’re able to move easier and pursue active interests, and your sleep may have improved. One benefit you may not have noticed, though, is a decrease in anxiety.
There are so many things in this world that can cause us to feel anxious–world events, personal and family challenges, and pain. You may not realize it but occasional or chronic pain negatively affects mental health that can lead to other physical problems.
Chiropractic care can help your mental outlook by decreasing physical pain and muscle tension that could be overwhelming your thoughts. Pain can be hard to ignore even for a short time and when you can’t ignore it, it becomes the sole focus creating anxiety. Anxiety then affects mood and perspective. However, as the spine is aligned and pain decreases, anxiety from pain lessens and mental clarity returns.
Chronic pain, whether acute or mild, is a known cause of depression. Studies show that a person who lives with chronic pain is three times more likely to suffer from depression compared to someone who doesn’t have chronic pain. When you hurt, you don’t feel well. When you don’t feel well, you don’t want to socialize or pursue the life you enjoy. This cycle of chronic pain and depression will continue until interrupted. Since regular chiropractic adjustments can decrease pain, less anxiety and better mental health follow.
How do adjustments help generate better mental health? The nervous system controls moods and the chemistry of our bodies. When the spine is misaligned, neurological and chemical imbalances occur. Instead of taking medications that work to restore this balance and relieve pain, consider the non-medication therapy of chiropractic. Proper alignment can restore balance by relieving not only the pain you feel but also the resulting anxiety. Talk to your chiropractor about any mental symptoms you may be experiencing whether accompanied by pain or not.
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