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Mental Health Benefits of Chiropractic

There is plenty of reading to be done on the physical ways that chiropractic care improves your body, but what doesn’t get mentioned enough is how chiropractic care is also able to improve your mental health, as well. We all know that the purpose of chiropractic care is to realign the body and, specifically, the skeletal structure within, but there are ways that this inherently improves the mind, as well. According to a study from the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research in 2013, over three quarters of chiropractic patients report improved mental and emotional health, due to their care. Here are some of the ways that chiropractic care improves your mental health.

Pain reductions keep a clear mind

One of the primary benefits of chiropractic care is that it is able to reduce and/or eliminate many pains and aches throughout the body. When the brain is distracted by lingering pains, it is hard to think clearly about other aspects of life. Chiropractic care inherently clears the mind by reducing a person’s pain level.

Can help mitigate depression

The pains and aches that chiropractic care helps eliminate also have a nasty mental downside, in addition to their physical discomfort. Patients who suffer from depression, panic attacks, and anxiety disorders frequently cite lingering, chronic physical pain in addition to their mental disorder. This is because chronic pain can profoundly influence your mental state of being. Eliminating and reducing this pain helps take away the stress that is added by them, and can put ease on a person’s mental disorder.

Reduces headaches

Over 90% of American adults report suffering from headaches. That is an astonishingly high number for something that can actually be preventable. While there are many causes of headaches, over 95% of all headaches are considered primary headaches, which have to do with muscle tension. Curing this muscle tension is able to reduce or eliminate recurring headaches in an individual. Spinal and neck alignments done by a chiropractor are able to reduce this muscle tension.

Avoid mood-altering medication

Chiropractic care, at its heart, is about reducing pain. In this way, it works as a splendid alternative to the habitual prescription of medications today that have a plethora of side effects. Many types of these medications can be mood-altering, or even be opiates that can be highly addicting. Using chiropractic care allows you to avoid using these medications, unless they are absolutely necessary.

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