Can Regular Chiropractic Adjustments Reduce Stress and Anxiety?
19% of Americans experience a mental illness, and depression and anxiety are among the most common mental health problems. Almost a quarter of adults with a mental illness (24%) also report that their treatment needs are not being met. Treatments for stress and anxiety can include a range of therapies, from talk therapy to meditation and medication. Chiropractic adjustments are also sometimes used as part of a plan to help reduce both stress and anxiety. Whether you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or you have been experiencing feelings of stress and anxiety, chiropractic care could be one of the ways you choose to address it.
Treat the Physical Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety
There are several ways chiropractor adjustments may help with the symptoms of stress and anxiety, including helping to treat the physical symptoms. Stress and anxiety can cause you to feel tense, tired and fatigued, and cause aches and pains, including headaches. It can make it difficult to sleep or even to relax, which has an effect on your physical health. Physical health and mental health connect to each other and experiencing physical symptoms of stress and anxiety can make it more difficult to cope with the mental impact of these issues. Chiropractic adjustments could help with these physical symptoms and can also help to balance the mind and body.
Balance Your Body and Mind
Chiropractic treatment looks at the individual as a whole, aiming to balance their nervous system and musculoskeletal system. A chiropractor will also aim to balance the mind and body, often looking at all areas of your health and lifestyle, from chiropractic adjustments to your diet and exercise. All of these factors can affect your overall health and wellbeing, helping to treat problems such as stress and anxiety.
Trigger Positive Hormones with Chiropractic Adjustments
Chiropractic adjustments can help to release positive hormones, such as oxytocin and neurotensin. The hormones that are released help to regulate the function of your nervous system, which produces a positive impact if you are feeling stress or anxiety. For example, oxytocin boosts communication in your brain and nervous system and can produce feelings of social bonding too.
When you’re stressed and anxious, it can cause you to experience muscle stiffness and tension. Chiropractic adjustments can help to relieve tension and stiffness in the body. Chiropractic care is often used to treat tension headaches, which can also be caused by stress and muscle stiffness.
Time to Relax
Attending a chiropractic adjustment can be relaxing in itself. Much like getting a massage, you have a chance to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere. One study found that muscle activity was reduced by an average of 25% after a chiropractic adjustment. Being able to relax your body also allows you to relax your mind and deal with issues such as stress and anxiety.
Chiropractor adjustments can produce a positive effect for people experiencing stress and anxiety. Regular adjustments help to balance the health and wellness of your mind and body.
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