With just one life to enjoy, happiness and health are two of the most important things that we can achieve. While many day-to-day factors - such as personal or professional stress or ill health - can get in the way of our ability to maintain these goals, there are things that we can do to minimize their impact on our lives, or even to avoid them altogether.
Chiropractic care is an excellent way of achieving total wellness. Focusing primarily on the alignment of the musculoskeletal system, and in particular the spine, chiropractic care uses a variety of techniques to provide your body with the balance, flexibility, and harmony it needs to ensure you can continue to live life to the fullest.
Here’s what you need to know about how chiropractic care can help you stay healthy and happy for years to come.
Our immune system plays a crucial role in keeping us healthy. One of our strongest lines of defense, it works by recognizing dangerous substances, germs, and cell changes that can make us sick and then releasing antibodies to fight them. The stronger our immune system is, the more efficiently our bodies are protected from harmful invaders. Chiropractic care has been shown to help boost immune function. It does this by bringing the spine into proper alignment. The spine houses the central nervous system, which controls all other body systems. By adjusting it so that it is straight and removing any areas of compression and tension, called subluxations, chiropractic care can keep all body systems, including your immune system, functioning optimally ay all times.
Stress is a normal part of life, but when you are under a great deal of pressure, it can make coping day to day very difficult. Stress has even been shown to have an impact on our health and wellbeing, causing issues such as high blood pressure, tension headaches
Chiropractic care focuses on aligning the spine so that any tension held in it is released, quite literally reducing the physical stress that your body has been under. Many patients who undergo a chiropractic adjustment actually feel the stress leaving their body at the moment the tension is released.
Massage therapy is another popular technique used in chiropractic care. As you might expect, massage is a very effective way of reducing stress levels and helping patients to feel happier and healthier. Research has found that massage has a direct impact on lowering the levels of stress hormones in our body, and boosts the production of feel-good neurotransmitters like oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins.
Do you get enough sleep every night? Or do you regularly wake up feeling tired and irritable? Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things that you can do to improve your health. A lack of sleep can contribute towards or cause:
- Low mood
- Decreased fertility
- Low sex drive
- Poor immunity
- Confusion/brain fog
- Concentration issues
- A greater risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes
- A greater risk of being involved in an accident
- A greater risk of being obese, which can also have a negative impact on your physical and emotional health and wellbeing
Although chiropractors aren’t thought of as experts on sleep issues, there is no denying the fact that as many as a thirds of patients who have regular chiropractic appointments also report a significant improvement in their sleep quality and quantity. Having your body functioning properly helps you to rest well at night, not least because you will not be experiencing any discomfort that causes restless sleep and any tension that you previously had within your body is released. Your chiropractor can also work with you to evaluate your sleep position and pattern and provide solutions that ensure that you get a restful night of sleep every night.
If you have further questions about how chiropractic care can help you achieve health and happiness, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable and friendly chiropractic team today.