Does Chiropractic Care Offer Any Mental Health Benefits?

Chiropractic care is an alternative-based health profession that places a focus on the official diagnosing, the treatment, and even the prevention of mechanical complications and disorders related to the musculoskeletal system and the effects of those issues on the nervous system and the overall health of a patient.

Founded in the year of 1895 by a Daniel D. Palmer, it was established that all health problems – be it mental or physical – could be either prevented or treated through “subluxations”, or what we call “adjustments” to the spine area.

As a result of this initial theory and subsequent studies, it has been confirmed that chiropractic care offers many mental health benefits.

The Negative Impacts of Mental Health Complications

When a person battles mental health issues – such as anxiety and depression – numerous negative physical consequences occur. These include the following:

  • The Inability to Get the Proper Amount of Rest
  • Tension and Stiffness of the Muscles
  • The Development of Headaches or Migraines
  • Body Aches
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Poor Immune Function

If you experience high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, or another mental health problem, you will benefit from chiropractic care.

Focus on the Nervous System

Chiropractors are health care professionals that place a focus on the entire body and how it relates to the nervous system – specifically, the spine.

These professionals will do an examination of the spine to determine if the vertebrae are misaligned. If misalignments are found, a spinal adjustment technique will be utilized to help relieve pressure on the nerves.

By eliminating the nerve pressure, blood and nutrients are able to regain an unobstructed flow throughout the body. Immediately after the adjustment, there is an increase in special hormones that have a positive impact on the mental health. These include:

  1. Cortisol – This helps in blocking pain that stems from inflammation in the body.
  2. Neurotensin – This helps to reduce pain in the body that comes from stress.
  3. Oxytocin – This helps in boosting the communication of the nervous system and increases a person’s desire for engaging socially.

Other Benefits

In addition to increasing the flow of blood and nutrients throughout the body and relieving pressure from the nervous system, chiropractic care offers other mental health benefits. These include the following:

  1. Chiropractic care focuses on a mind and body approach to care. It has a goal of finding the proper balance between both your mind and your body. The professional in charge of the chiropractic care will determine which adjustments, what types of therapies, what exercises, which supplements, and what type of diet is needed to ensure optimal health.
  2. Chiropractic care helps to lower blood pressure. It has been found when one suffers from mental health complications, they often have high blood pressure. Just one 15-minute session can reduce blood pressure to a safe level.
  3. By going to a chiropractic, one may eliminate the need to take anxiety and depression medications – all of which could result in adverse side effects.
  4. Chiropractic care helps to alleviate tension, stiffness, and pain throughout the body.
  5. Individuals that undergo a chiropractic care session find that they are able to achieve a higher state of relaxation.

Contact Us Today

Are you plagued by depression? Do you suffer from anxiety? Are you holding stress in your body?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, contact us here at Advanced Chiropractic & Wellness Center today and discover how we can help you overcome those issues and boost your mental and physical health: 706-738-7731