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The Importance of Chiropractic Care and Sleeping Habits

Falling asleep at night is hard enough even under the best circumstances, let alone if you are experiencing chronic pain. I know first hand the troubles of experiencing a fulfilling night’s sleep due to bodily pain.

My scoliosis has caused me to be susceptible to neck and back pain ever since I was diagnosed in eighth grade. There would be night’s when I tossed and turned for literally hours, despite my extreme exhaustion, because of the chronic pain I was constantly dealing with. It always seems that my pain was the worst at night, probably a result of being at a computer most of the day at work. I could definitely tell that my neck pain would be worse on the days I had long periods of writing on my laptop. Those nights I knew it was going to be an ordeal to fall asleep. I begin taking sleep aids to fall asleep, but those would only work half the time and usually left me feeling groggy in the morning. Other times I would avoid going to bed all together, staying up as late as I could until I could barely keep my eyes open. I knew a change had to be made, and that is when I discovered chiropractic.

A natural alternative to invasive medical care, chiropractic was able to address my pain, as well as help my sleep issues. I was able to experience a healthy sleep schedule within mere weeks of receiving regular chiropractic visits. The reduction of my pain level was so noticeable, there were nights that I actually forgot that I had been dealing with chronic pain half my life. The chiropractic treatments focused on correcting subluxations in my upper cervical spine. Subluxations are dysfunctions of the vertebrae, places in the spine where there are blockages and built up spots of pressure that press on the nerves, causing disruptions with the nervous systems. 

Through manipulation techniques, chiropractors are able to realign the spine, getting rid of the subluxations and allowing the nervous system to work at its optimal level. When the brain is able to communicate efficiently with the nervous system, then the flow of energy allows the body to function to its best ability. Inflammation is reduced, the main cause of pain and injury. When the body is free of pain, then falling asleep is much more accessible. If you are suffering from chronic pain and are having difficulties falling asleep, chiropractic may be the treatment plan that will work for you. For me, ever since I started chiropractic I haven’t looked back.

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