The Status Of Mental Health
There is no question that mental health issues are on the rise and have reached crisis levels over the past year during COVID.
People are more anxious, depressed and unhappy than ever before, especially our kids. Some sources even say that the prevalence of mental illness in kids has increased to 1 in 4 over the past year.
We definitely need a strategy to help combat this alarming trend and reverse the negative effects of the past year regarding mental health.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Chiropractic care has been shown to positively affect mental health and well-being in a variety of ways. Those who are under consistent chiropractic care, time and time again, report higher levels of contentment, peace and emotional well-being.
The first and most commonly associated improvement with chiropractic care is pain reduction. Whether it’s chronic debilitating pain or just a nagging, dull ache; pain has a profound effect on mental well-being and can often lead to depression if it is there long enough. Chiropractic care helps to relieve the pressure on the nervous system, thereby often alleviating the pain a person is experiencing which improves mood and increases happiness levels.
How Chiropractic Affects Stress Hormones
An adjustment also triggers a positive hormonal cascade in the body that helps promote relaxation. There are three hormones that are increased immediately after an adjustment:
- Oxytocin – (The Love Hormone) boosts neuro-communication and increases feelings of social bonding.
- Cortisol – blocks pain derived from inflammation.
- Neurotensin – Neutralizes stress induced pain.
Our society is also more stressed than ever which has contributed significantly to declines in mental health. These high levels of chronic stress shift our nervous system into a state of sympathetic dominance (our fight or flight division). An adjustment helps to break the stress response and shift our nervous system instead into a more parasympathetic (rest and digest) state which increases a sense of calm and peace.
This is why it is so important to have your spine and nervous system checked on a regular basis. Your mental and physical well-being are both intricately linked to the health of your spine.