Many people have asked if regular chiropractic treatments can make you a happier person. Our answer is absolutely yes, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Here are five proven ways that regular chiropractic care can make a person both happier and healthier.
According to the Preventative Medicine Institute, those who receive chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis experience an immune system up to 200% stronger than those who do not receive this care. People with strong immune systems are more productive, miss fewer days of work or school, and have fewer trips to the doctor. If you or your child has a weak immune system, regular visits to the chiropractor may be the answer you have been looking for.
While stress may seem like a normal part of daily life, it doesn’t have to be. People who are under constant stress are at higher risk for chronic health problems including heart disease. Add to this poor eating and sleeping habits that often accompany stress, and your body is sure to take a toll. In fact, studies show that when a person is stressed, the body goes into survival mode and produces more of the hormone cortisol. While high levels of cortisol are linked to an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and poor sleeping habits, chiropractic care can help the body reduce cortisol levels, remove toxins from the body and leave you feeling less stressed.
Chronic stress results in muscle tension and contractions which in turn leads to uneven pressure on the skeleton. Since chiropractic adjustments focus on realigning the spine, they ease the stress placed on certain pars of the body and relieves muscle tension. Achieving a balanced spine is a big part of reducing a person’s stress levels.
Better REM Cycles
Whether you experience insomnia or just restless nights on occasion, it can affect other parts of your daily routine. In order to function at your best, you not only need the quantity of sleep, but also quality. While melatonin may be an option for some to improve their sleep, other choose visits to a chiropractor.
In a 2005 study, researchers followed 221 chiropractic patients, 1/3 of whom completed an interview following their treatment. Of the group that interviewed, 98% reported improved sleep following their chiropractic care. While pain can also contribute to disturbed sleep, chiropractic treatments can also help.
No Need for Pain Medications
Chiropractors take a natural approach to your health by focusing on the source of problem, rather than masking symptoms with medication. A 2012 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine followed 272 neck pain patients for 12 weeks and found that those who saw a chiropractor were twice as likely to be pain free compare to those who took medication. Of those who sought chiropractic treatment, 32% became pain free versus 13% of those who treated with medication and became pain free.
Who doesn’t want to have more energy without relying on endless cups of coffee or energy drinks? Nerve energy flows throughout your entire body, and a healthy spine and nervous system keep the flow of energy balanced, your immune system strong, and your resistance to disease high. A misaligned spine can interfere with this flow of energy and lead to both physical and emotional fatigue. Some people who experience chronic fatigue may have enough energy in their body, but that energy is blocked, unbalanced or not flowing properly. With the help of a chiropractic adjustment, this energy balance can be restored, leaving the person feeling more energetic and improve their ability to check tasks off their mile-long to-do list.
For more information on how chiropractic care can help you not only be healthier, but happier too, schedule your free consultation with Dr. Knight today!