Ever find yourself so tired during the day? Do look off into space only to snap back to reality and wonder what happened? Do you get in bed at night feeling as tired as can be, and just stare at the ceiling, you may have Insomnia.
Insomnia affects an estimated 30%-50% of the general population
10% have chronic insomnia. Insomnia is sometimes related to neurological conditions such as emotional disorders like depression, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress syndrome, but these are just a few of the conditions that have been linked to Insomnia.
I have heard it from my patients time and again prior to care with me, Doc I had trouble sleeping last night so I took a pill and it knocked me right out. While temporarily you may have solved the issue at that moment in time, nothing was done to figure out what the cause was. How to bring relief to your tired brain and body so you can fall asleep without the use of chemicals that don’t just alter your brain chemistry but can affect other areas of your body.
A lack of sleep doesn’t just make you feel tired though. Other effects it has on your body is a decreased immune system, slower reaction times and slower healing to name a few. Our bodies need rest to catch up. Just like a battery needs to be recharged, so does our body. When we sleep our body goes to work to repair all the damage done by the days events. Without the proper rest our body breaks down and continues to break down. Just an FYI “catching up” on sleep is not a remedy. Our bodies are not like Netflix where we can just binge sleep and our bodies will catch up. Everything has its own process and it needs to be done with precision.
So how can Evolution Chiropractic help? An adjustment to your cervical spine can open up pathways to and from the brain to allow for a more relaxing body and a lower stress response for the brain. While it can’t make you forget your troubles, it allows your body to release chemicals to start the process of sleep so that you can rest better and get a well needed night of sleep. There are other therapies, but I have found that with a well aligned brain body connection anything is possible. Getting adjusted can repair the brain body connection and get you moving in the right direction of a full night sleep.
Anxiety and Chiropractic Care
The body as a whole works together for a common goal, to create balance and live in peace; in a perfect world without outside stressors this can be completely possible. As we know this isn’t a perfect world and only we have the ability to control what stresses us and what calms us. Even if we were able to control everything we would still have difficulty. Our minds work in many different ways but one thing that it does in everyone is control every chemical process that goes on in our bodies. That information flows through our nerves to help release chemicals to help balance when there is an imbalance. If there is interference then the body may know there is a problem but nothing can be done about it and this intern can alter the way we feel, the way we act and can also change the way our bodies function.
If you have ever suffered with Anxiety you will completely understand some of the symptoms I am about to list. If you never have then you might be surprised that you sometimes experience anxiety without even knowing it. It’s possible you may be better at controlling these symptoms, but that doesn’t mean that you should live with them. Some of these symptoms may include; light headed, slightly dizzy, difficulty swallowing, tight chest and difficulty breathing, feeling closed in, excessive worry, fear, feeling of impending doom, insomnia, nausea, poor concentration, sensation of an abnormal heartbeat, or trembling just to name a few.
How is anxiety linked to Chiropractic care?
How can a Chiropractor help relieve some of these symptoms? Anxiety is an expression of our lifestyle and how we handle stress. Stress is translated to an imbalance in our Central nervous system which is then expressed as anxiety or fear of the future. I’m trying not to get too technical here so what it boils down to is that stress is the beginning, it’s the starting point that leads us to a condition called Subluxation, or a misalignment of the spine.
There are three glands that are affected by stress, the adrenals, the thyroid, and the pituitary. A shift in any one of these can cause many different disorders but specifically what I’m focusing on are the “mood disorders”.
The adrenal glands, otherwise known as the stress glands, when overworked become fatigued and rely on the thyroid gland to take over. When the thyroid takes over, responsible for metabolism and weight regulation, it cannot handle the job of both so it too becomes fatigued and the pituitary gland is called on to release stimulating hormones to try to boost the endocrine system to repair the other failing systems. When misalignments in the spine occur they will create a weakness in these glands making it impossible for any of them to aid the other. A decrease in their production can affect mood very easily.
A Chiropractor removing this interference can reset these glands and help them function on their own. Bringing the body back into balance has so many great effects. Understand that making changes does not always happen with one adjustment.
If you are taking medication for Anxiety
You may remember that the first pill didn’t alleviate all the symptoms or any for that matter. It took time and constant communication with your doctor. Chiropractic results can take time too but benefits can come without the changing of the chemical makeup of your body.
Written our own Dr. Shawn Carlin - Evolution Chiropractic of Danbury.
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