This past year has been challenging for all of us. If you’re dealing with depression and/or anxiety, chiropractic care may help. Chiropractic care involves a mind-body approach that favors adjusting physical symptoms in order to improve mental ones. As Chiropractors, we are well-equipped to take a holistic approach to your mental health, looking at all possible ways to make you feel better.
Chiropractic is a natural, affordable care option for improving your quality of life if you experience anxiety or depression. Let’s look specifically at how chiropractic care is proven to help.
Symptoms of anxiety and depression
Fatigue or inability to sleep
Muscle tension and stiffness
Headaches or migraines
Aches and pains throughout the body
Inability to relax
These physical symptoms can exacerbate mental symptoms and make anxiety and/or depression harder to live with. Luckily, chiropractic care is uniquely positioned to relieve these physical symptoms, which release endorphins, and make you have a better and more positive outlook on life.
Let’s take a closer look at how chiropractic care can help patients with mental health disorders.
- Aims for a mind-body approach
In general, chiropractic care aims to find the right balance between your mind and body. A chiropractor will do this by looking at all health areas, including adjustments, therapies, exercise, diet and supplements. When it comes to chiropractic care, no stone goes unturned. Even small changes, such as incorporating omega-3 into your diet, may have a positive impact on anxiety symptoms.
- Lowers your blood pressure
Several studies support the idea that chiropractic care and massage therapy can reduce blood pressure and stress symptoms. High blood pressure is a common symptom of anxiety and/or stress. Researchers found that blood pressure was reduced after both chiropractic sessions and massage therapy. One study even saw results after only 15 minutes of workplace massage therapy. This shows that chiropractic care can reduce anxiety and stress symptoms, and help patients with mental health issues feel more stable.
- Promotes an all-natural solution without side effects
One of the best benefits of chiropractic care is that it’s all-natural. Patients taking anxiety and depression medication often complain of the side effects, which include insomnia, nausea, weight gain and fatigue. Chiropractic care works to reduce anxiety symptoms, so you can potentially avoid taking medication and dealing with its side effects. (Don’t change or stop medication without the approval of your doctor.)
- Adjusts your spine to trigger positive hormones
Spinal health influences almost every region of your body. Studies show that after getting a chiropractic adjustment, your body triggers an increase in hormones such as neurotensin, oxytocin, and cortisol. These hormones are involved in positive nervous system functioning, such as:
- Neurotensin: neutralizes stress-induced pain
- Oxytocin: boosts neuro-communication and feelings of social bonding
- Cortisol: blocks pain deriving from inflammation
As you can imagine, spinal adjustment can have a positive impact by triggering these hormones throughout your body.
- Helps you get to sleep
Insomnia is also a symptom of anxiety and/or depression. With chiropractic care, you may find getting to sleep a little easier. Studies reports that some chiropractic manipulation may improve patient sleep patterns. Massage therapy also has seen good results. In addition, breast cancer patients found significant relief from insomnia after massage therapy. If you’re struggling with fatigue and insomnia, chiropractic care and/or massage therapy may help.
- Relieves tension, stiffness and headaches
Patients with anxiety and/or depression also suffer from muscular tension. Chiropractic care can aid in reducing tension and stiffness. In addition, it can help relieve pain related to tension headaches, as many patients who live with mental health disorders also suffer from migraines. This kind of relief can have a big impact on those with anxiety and/or depression by removing these painful symptoms. Generally speaking, chiropractic care and massage therapy can also help reduce pain in patients with mental health diagnoses.
- Encourages relaxation
Last but not least, chiropractic care helps relax patients. The atmosphere of a chiropractic session can make the patient feel less stressed and his/her muscles more relaxed. Studies that measure electrical activity in muscles found that after a chiropractic adjustment, muscle activity was reduced by 25%. This is great evidence of relaxation during a chiropractic session. This kind of relaxation can really help patients suffering from stress and tension as a result of anxiety and/or depression.
Overall, chiropractic care can have a positive impact on patients’ mental health. Besides proven research, there have been many anecdotal case studies about the role of chiropractic care on anxiety and depression. These preliminary reports suggest there are even more benefits of chiropractic care on mental health symptoms.
As traditional health care costs continue to soar, more patients are looking to alternatives that are affordable and effective. If you’re looking for relief from your mental health symptoms, chiropractic care is a proven method that may improve your quality of life in the long run. Many patients at our office have benefited from the Spa Packages, which include a combination of a chiropractic adjustment, cupping to relax tight muscles and improve circulation, acupuncture, heat/ ice application and electric muscle stimulation to help areas heal faster (see article on Spa Packages for Mother’s Day).