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4 Ways Chiropractic Relieves Depression

By Chris Brown

Depression is a worldwide pandemic which can leave sufferers hopeless and lost. At its worst, depression strips people from themselves and leaves them in a seemingly endless pit of despair. Chiropractic, alongside other treatments, can dramatically revive one from this desperate state. Below are four reasons to visit your local chiropractor if the blues hit too hard.

Improves Mind-Body Neural Communication

Depression can build a wall between your mind and the outside world. Breaking through depression often means breaking through this wall by making yourself mindfully aware of your present body and state of being. Chiropractic helps reconnect you with your body by optimizing the physical brain-body communication network: the nervous system. Not only does nervous system optimization allow a fuller presence of being, it enhances all internal system functionality and cleans up the body-wide inflammation that contributes to a depressive condition.

Releases Happiness From Within

A sudden flood of positive "happy" hormones can help drive the journey out of depression. One study, published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, found that spinal manipulation of the cervical and thoracic vertebrae triggered circulatory increases in both neurotensin and oxytocin levels. Neurotensin is a neurotransmitter hormone that interacts with dopamine (a chemical which produces feelings of happiness). Oxytocin, on the other hand, is a powerful hormone known as the "love hormone" for its ability to generate bonds and feelings of inter-connectedness. The release of these two hormones can be a strong tool for breaking the stranglehold of a depressive episode.

Promotes Better Sleep

Sleep is essential for well-being and often gets disrupted during depression. Restoring sleep patterns is the first step to allowing the body to heal and reset back to its baseline state. Chiropractic promotes better sleep by both fixing painful spinal subluxations that contribute to restlessness and enhancing the body's neurological network. Multiple studies into chiropractic's effects upon insomnia have found that patients fall asleep quicker and achieve deeper sleep patterns following spinal manipulation.

Eases Depressing Chronic Pain

Statistically, chronic pain sufferers are much more likely to develop symptoms of depression. Treating the pain is often key to ending depression in those patients. Especially in instances of frustrating back or hip injuries, chiropractic is highly capable of relieving pain by correcting joint subluxations and taking pressure off the nerves. This leads to greater long-term recovery and the facilitation of a speedier emergence from depression.

The Joint Chiropractic offers a quick and affordable way to aid your path of recovery from depression. When combined with other methods, such as talk therapy and mindfulness, The Joint can catapult you from the depths of despair. Simply stop by The Joint anytime during their convenient night and weekend hours for a drop-in adjustment. Your mental state will thank you for it.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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