Whether it be stress, exhaustion, anxiety or depression, we’re all struggling with something. Day to day life can start to pile up and it can be difficult to manage at times. Of course, a good deal of these issues are mental and emotional, but they are also physical. The concept of Holistic medicine, which includes chiropractics, suggests that all things in the body are linked. If a part of your body isn’t working to full capacity it will likely bring everything down with it, including your mood.
Why does a lack of alignment bring us down?
Moods are regulated by our body’s chemistry, if these chemicals are not flowing correctly along with our nervous system this can cause issues. If the spine is out of alignment it can put pressure on the nervous system and the brain stem, which in turn can cause fluctuations in our brain chemistry. One study found that from a low mood sample set of around 2,000 people, 76% felt improvement in stress, depression, and anxiety after having a chiropractic adjustment.
There are also obvious reasons for a low mood, such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, joint pain and/or hip pain. These can all be caused by going about our daily lives and, though we may not really notice them after a while, they will definitely negatively affect our mood.
How can chiropractors help?
By studying your alignment a chiropractor may be able to find the source of your discomfort or even an issue that you weren’t aware of. Their first point of call will likely be the third vertebrae, which may be putting pressure on your brain stem. This is an extremely common cause of headaches and low mood. Additional realignments may increase blood flow, allow for a straighter posture and remove background and even chronic pain. Even the simple fact of taking time out of your day to look after yourself can improve your mood.
If you are experiencing low mood, chronic headaches or any of the other issues described in this article, visit your local chiropractor and have your alignment checked. You may be surprised by the difference it makes.