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Chiropractic Care and its Effect on Mental Health


Millions of Americans suffer from some sort of mental health issue, from mild stress to severe anxiety and depression. These conditions can be caused by a myriad of factors and therefore it can be difficult to properly treat each patient efficiently. Many traditional doctors will try different combinations of medication or therapy in order to ease symptoms of mental health problems, which can be debilitating at times. However, for those who want a natural alternative in their treatment plan, chiropractic may be a good place to start

Chiropractors are doctors that focus on the whole body as it relates to the nervous system, and more specifically, the spine. While many people believe that people only visit chiropractors because of back injuries, the truth is that chiropractors can treat a litany of maladies. The doctor examines the spine for any subluxations – a term for misaligned vertebrae. He or she will then re-align the spine using a spinal adjustment method, relieving any existing nerve pressure.

How does this help people with mental health problems? The answer is multi-faceted. By removing nerve blockages, chiropractors are promoting a healthy flow of blood and nutrients throughout the body. Remember that the nervous system runs from head to toe – meaning one misplaced vertebra in the spine could lead to trouble elsewhere. When the spine is aligned – and the nervous system is working properly – it can lead to increased immune system performance as well as soothing any aches and pains related to stress – which can be carried in the neck.

In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors may also recommend other exercises and treatments for patients with mental health issues. This could include light stretches and breathing sessions at home, or perhaps a modified diet to ensure you are getting enough nutrients to stay healthy. All of these factors can contribute to mental health – in fact, many patients say diet and exercise alone has helped them manage their symptoms.

By adding chiropractic adjustments to this mix, it is a great recipe for success. Many traditional doctors are partnering with doctors in other fields in order to make a multidisciplinary approach to mental health treatment. It is hoped that by using natural healing and talk therapy that the use of powerful prescriptions could decline, giving people a better overall quality of life without the burden of mental health symptoms.

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