How Can Mental Health Benefit From Chiropractic?

By Stepy Kamei

If there's one truly important thing to know about your overall health and wellness, it's that your physical and mental health are more connected than you may think they are. The way your body reacts to your mental state can impact how you feel, healthwise, at any given time, and the reverse is true as well. Living an overall healthy lifestyle is key to bringing these two important aspects of your well-being into harmony. Eating wholesome, healthy foods, exercising regularly, and knowing how to relieve stress are great healthy habits to start picking up sooner rather than later. One more fantastic healthy habit you can start up to improve both your physical and mental health is by going to see a chiropractor on a regular basis for spinal adjustments and manipulations. 

Chiropractic Helps Bring the Mind and Body Into Alignment

Even though a chiropractic adjustment is performed outside the body, it works to heal the body from the inside out. A chiropractor's goal is to seek out any misalignments in the spinal column which may be contributing to, or even causing, health issues and concerns throughout the body. These misalignments, which are also known as vertebral subluxations within the medical community, can be brought on by injuries, falls, strains, stress, or even just the general wear and tear of everyday life -- especially if you are a very physically active person (although sometimes, living a highly sedentary lifestyle can contribute to subluxation formation as well, since the joints aren't getting enough movement during the day). 

A spinal misalignment can interfere with the workings of the central nervous system, which is located directly underneath the spinal column, blocking or disrupting communication between the body and the brain. When these important receptors are unable to do their jobs, a ripple effect begins to occur. The body's digestive system, sleep cycle, and immune system are all thrown out of harmony. Stress levels may rise thanks to the increase of the stress hormone cortisol, which occurs when inflammation (caused by subluxations) begins to invade the joints and soft tissues of the body. From here, a negative cycle begins, where the physical health issues feed into the mental health ones, and vice versa. 

By making chiropractic care a regular part of your healthcare routine, you can combat these issues, heal them in a safe and effective manner, and maybe even prevent them from returning at all.