Do you often feel sad or a bit melancholy for seemingly no reason at all? If you're having severe depressive thoughts or thoughts of suicide, it's important to seek professional treatment with a psychiatrist. But if your symptoms are more minor—just a consistent, low mood that you can't seem to shake—you may wish to address the issue more holistically. Chiropractors concentrate on treating the whole body and mind as one unit. Visiting the chiropractor may help with your low moods in several ways.
Reduce pressure on nerves related to the release of mood-boosting chemicals.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter released in your brain to promote positive moods and feelings of well-being. Dopamine is another similar, mood-boosting chemical. If your spine is out of alignment, it could be pushing on nerves that help control how much of these chemicals your brain cells release. And your spine only has to be slightly out of place to cause this type of pressure; you may not have any back or neck pain to clue you in to the misalignment! Your chiropractor can adjust your vertebral column to alleviate such pressure, allowing your brain to produce healthier amounts of these mood-boosting chemicals.
Promote more restful sleep.
Do you wake up feeling groggy or like you barely slept? If so, a lack of sleep may be contributing to your low moods. When your chiropractor adjusts your spine, you'll be left feeling looser and more limber. You won't have as much stiffness and tightness, and this may make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. Better sleep often leads to an improved mood.
Allow you to be more active.
Many patients don't even realize their back, neck, or hips are stiff until they have an adjustment and suddenly realize how much easier and more comfortable it is to move. A spinal adjustment will make it easier to stay active during the day, and physical activity causes your body to release endorphins. These are hormones that leave you feeling more energetic, motivated, and positive.
Don't let consistently low moods impede your ability to enjoy life. Visit a local chiropractic clinic and be sure to clearly explain the symptoms you're experiencing. Not only will the staff adjust your spine to allow you the benefits above, but they may also recommend some lifestyle changes and simple home remedies that you can use to improve your mood between visits.Share
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