Can a Chiropractor Help You Sleep Better?

By Stepy Kamei

The body should be viewed as one cohesive unit, made up of many parts which work together to function properly as a whole. It's a pretty remarkable thing, but it also means that when one thing goes wrong with the body, a ripple effect begins to occur, and the ripples may turn into much bigger waves if left unchecked. Back pain is one of the most common of these "ripples" which can end up affecting the entire body. If you've ever experienced a bad bout of acute or chronic back pain, you'll want to examine other aspects of your health -- especially your sleeping habits and patterns. There's a good chance your sleep quality declined in the face of back pain. Alternatively, if you've ever gone through a period of poor sleep, think back to see if you remember having any back pain at that time. Many people find that these two health issues go hand in hand. Fortunately, chiropractic care can bring the body to a better state of health, for better overall well-being.

Chiropractic Treats the Whole Body

If you want to do the most you can to effectively treat these issues, you'll want to find out which problem is causing the other one by asking yourself a few questions. Did you notice back discomfort first, or have you been experiencing insomnia for a while before you started noticing back pain? On days when you've awakened more refreshed than usual, did your back pain disappear or lessen significantly? Finding out the answers to these questions can be the key to learning how to take action against these health concerns. 

You'll want to assess your sleeping habits. If you find that you used to sleep in one position, but have relatively recently switched to a new position to find pain relief, you can take this to mean your back pain is probably causing your sleep issues. Alternatively, if you're known to sleep on your back, this may be what's contributing to poor back health. 

Living a Healthier Life for Better Sleep

You'll want to start making crucial lifestyle changes in order to promote better health in general. Try to get some form of exercise every day (even if it's just a walk around the neighborhood after dinner), and eat healthy and nutritious meals. Finally, consider seeing a chiropractor for regular treatments. Chiropractic care can bring immediate pain relief, but it can also ease tension in your muscles and lower inflammation for long-term relief as well. Chiropractic has also been shown to improve sleep by increasing production of melatonin in the body. Give chiropractic a try today at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you.