How Chiropractic Can Help Depression & Anxiety

Oftentimes when people think of chiropractic doctors, they may assume the reason to see one is because of back pain or injury. But did you know that chiropractic doctors are also trained not only to heal your body in a physical way, but they can also help you to implement a routine that can improve your entire self – mental health included!

Depression and anxiety are becoming more and more common during this time because of our fast-paced lives and economic struggles. Depression and anxiety are not only caused by circumstances in our life but can also be caused by faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability and certain medical problems such as chronic illness. Depression specifically can be a direct result from a chemical imbalance in the body. Here’s where a chiropractic doctor can help!

A chemical imbalance occurs when the substances that help the body function the way it should become out of balance. Too much or too little of these substances can cause a chemical imbalance that can affect the body’s ability to function normally. If the brain has excessive or insufficient chemical messengers (neurotransmitters), the imbalance can result in mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

A chiropractic doctor can help to restore an imbalance by performing a spinal readjustment. A spine that is out of alignment can affect the nerves and inhibit your endocrine system’s ability to regulate your body’s hormone levels. A spinal readjustment can address the root cause of the imbalance and help the body restore itself.

High levels of anxiety and depression have also been linked to what we put into our bodies. Scientists have found links between low levels of certain nutrients such as folate, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamins B6, B12 and D and worsening mood, feelings of anxiety and risk of depression. Chiropractic doctors are trained in the area of nutrition as they are required to study nutrition as part of their schooling and are familiar with how improper nutrition can cause an imbalance in the body. A chiropractor will work with you to ensure that you are eating a proper diet that suits your body’s needs with the goal of achieving better overall health and balance in the body.

When you choose to receive chiropractic care, they will work with you to ensure you are doing everything possible to support a healthy body. Depression and anxiety are serious medical illnesses that can negatively affect how you feel, the way you think and how you act. You deserve to feel your best – mentally and physically!

Chiropractic care promotes whole body wellness. A whole-body treatment plan includes ways to exercise, find stress relief and proper nutrition – all of which can help depression and anxiety. If you are suffering from depression or anxiety and would like more information on how chiropractic treatment can help, please feel free to contact North County Pain Relief Center at (314) 731-4201. We look forward to speaking with you about the long-term benefits that chiropractic care can provide and to help you get the care you deserve!