How chiropractic treatment can help with anxiety

Mental health can have as much impact on the body as physical health. In fact, poor mental health can lead to many physical symptoms such as muscle tension, especially in the shoulders, neck and upper back region. When we are anxious, our body tenses, ready to respond in either fight or flight. This can cause neck pain, headaches and migraines and other general back pain. Chiropractic treatment may be able to assist in managing these symptoms with a natural and holistic approach.

Promotes relaxation

Chiropractic adjustments work to free up the targeted joints and surrounding tissues. This then increases the circulation, function and range of motion, decreasing pain and tension, which can have a significant impact on the nervous system by helping calm the fight or flight response. When anxiety is chronic, the sympathetic nervous system can get stuck in the fight or flight response. Spinal adjustments can help to restore the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

Improves sleep

Insomnia and anxiety go hand in hand. Anxiety can be a cause of insomnia and insomnia can exacerbate the anxiety. Feeling wired up, tense, and in pain, is uncomfortable and can make falling asleep difficult. Because chiropractic treatment helps the body to relax by treating the source of the issue, the nervous system feels calmer and the body more comfortable, decreasing the time taken to fall asleep, while also promoting deeper sleep with fewer wake-ups.

Releases feel-good hormones

Some studies have shown that spinal adjustments can release hormones such as oxytocin and neurotensin. Oxytocin is often called the "love hormone" because it is responsible for promoting feelings of intimacy and bonding. Love and connections with others go a long way when it comes to managing anxiety. Releasing oxytocin is like releasing a hug on the inside, making the body feel calmer and happier. Neurotensin works alongside serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates moods, and helps combat pain brought about by stress.

Call your local Perth chiropractor today to experience the benefits of chiropractic treatment for yourself. Let them help you be the best version of yourself that you can be!

Sources:
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24450367/

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