Depression and Chiropractic Care
What if I told you that depression was related to your spinal health? And that chiropractic care could be an integral part of treating depression in a holistic manner? Evolution Chiropractic of Danbury has been helping depressed individuals fight back their sadness with chiropractic care. We hope this article helps you understand the dynamic relationship between the two.
Dwelling on the past, when people talk about the depression that is what they are talking about. It’s quite the opposite of Anxiety which is considered fear of the future. Both conditions can be linked to an imbalance of the Central Nervous System. The Central Nervous System is made of two parts the Limbic system and the autonomic nervous system. I will be focusing on the Limbic system because primarily it is responsible for our emotional life and the formation of memories. It is in this area that we pull from in our heads, our fears, and concerns that can allow us to focus on the past and also give us the fear of the future. While it is impossible to erase this area of the brain we can redirect our thought process and try to replace these negative thoughts with better memories. Our brains have been referred to as computers but unlike computers, we cannot just erase our hard drives or our memory boards. Sometimes it takes medication, therapy, or alternative care, such as chiropractic care, to redirect our thoughts towards understanding these fears of past and present. While some of us may not understand what goes on in someone’s mind when feelings of Depression or Anxiety creep up, we must accept that some people are better at coping with everyday issues whether past or present. Does anyone understand why some people are better at math, computers, writing, or playing sports? As a child, I dreamed of becoming an athlete, and while I feel I was good I didn’t have that extra stuff. Similarly, I remember sitting in math class and struggling while others seem to just breeze through. The point here is that we cannot judge others without understanding. Sometimes we don’t understand, but we can, instead of focusing on the traumatic issue that may have caused this fear, refocus the limbic system to create better memories to replace those that we dwell on.
How can Chiropractic help with depression?
Some chiropractors focus on one bone, the atlas, the first vertebra in the neck. It is the only bone where the brain stem interacts with the spine. It is this reason why it is considered one of the most important bones. It can affect so many processes in the body. When information is sent through the body it passes through the brain stem and if the atlas is misaligned it can greatly affect the many stressors that are affecting the neurological system of the body. When we adjust the atlas we are removing these stressors and allowing the body to find balance. When the body is balanced the brain can focus and regulate. As a gentle safe and effective chiropractor I can use instruments to specifically adjust this vertebra and take pressure off the nerve that is helping to create this stress and relieve it. Opening up both blood supply and nerve flow allowing the body to function as it was meant to. Come get your spine checked and let’s work on alleviating this stress and depression.
Written our own Dr. Shawn Carlin - Evolution Chiropractic of Danbury.
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