I’m sure you’ve heard it before… “He needs an attitude adjustment”. An attitude is a firmly held thought that governs a behavior. Attitudes are passed on from our parents, grandparents, peers, etc. We are told something at a point in our life and we decide at that time whether or not we will choose to make it part of our own belief system. You might hold a certain attitude towards rap music due to the influence of someone in your circle. But other factors also affect our attitude. For instance, STRESS! When you are under stress you behave differently than when you are in a more relaxed state. When you’re stressed, things bother you more easily…they get on your NERVES!
As we go through our lives we are constantly bombarded by physical, mental, and environmental stressors that challenge our body’s ability to adapt to its surroundings. It’s our nerve system’s job to control and regulate this adaptation. However, our nerve system can become overwhelmed with stress and result in what we call a subluxation. Subluxation is simply an area in your spine that loses its normal function due to stress. It is an area that is restricted in its normal range of motion or is misaligned, causing stress on the nerve system. Since our nerve system controls and regulates all function, stress on nerves can drastically affect your overall health.
Everything we experience is processed through our nervous system. When our perception of the world is distorted by subluxation, it compromises our ability to respond appropriately. Chiropractic adjustments work to reduce stress on the nerve system and can improve the function of all systems, including your mental health. A study published in The Chiropractic Journal introduced evidence that chiropractic adjustments have the ability to increase Alpha brainwave patterns, which are “classically associated with a greater degree of relaxation and health”. In fact, for a period of forty years from the 1920s to the 1960s there were a handful of mental health facilities that utilized chiropractic care as principle service and achieved greater than average results. However, due to insurance reimbursement problems the service was suspended or the facilities closed. Recently published case studies also support the effectiveness of chiropractic care in people with depression and anxiety problems.
You don’t have to be suffering with a clinically diagnosed mental health problem to benefit from chiropractic care. I hear from clients all the time who report that getting their spine adjusted helps them handle the day to day stresses of their lives, and let’s face it, if you are in discomfort and not feeling well having a great attitude is difficult.
Schedule your appointment today to see if chiropractic care is right for you!
Dr. Brent Reiche