Mental Health and Chiropractic

Most often people associate chiropractic care with aches and pains of daily life or a chronic nagging pain that they need relief from. Chiropractic care is so much more than that. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to show you how chiropractic plays a large role in keeping our mind sharp and as healthy as possible. 

Decreases Mind-Clouding Pain

One reason that chiropractic care can help mental health is by decreasing any physical pain that may be clouding the mind. As anyone with chronic pain can attest to, this discomfort can have a serious impact on mood and mental health. As the spine becomes aligned and pain decreases, anxiety and depression sprouting from pain are proven to lessen throughout treatment.

Decreases Chronic Pain, a Common Cause of Depression

When chronic pain is a part of your daily life, not only is it hard to focus but suddenly you are no longer feeling well enough to be social and take part in activities you once loved. Studies have proven that depression occurs at a rate of three to four times higher in those with chronic pain when compared to their healthier peers. The cycle of chronic pain and depression can continue on and on unless it is broken. Regular chiropractic adjustments have proven to decrease pain, depression and anxiety and allow for a healthier (mentally and physically) existence.

Changes Misalignments Which Impact the Nervous System

Our moods are regulated by our body’s chemistry. This chemistry in your organs as well as your brain is all regulated by the nervous system. Misalignment of the spine (specifically the first, second or third vertebrae) can cause pressure in the area of the brain steam which can cause interference neurologically and chemically.  Often people turn to medications that are used to alter their brain chemistry but those looking for a non-medication therapy often find that re-aligning these vertebrae can do wonders for their mental state.


13 Tips To Feel Good Today

We’re often told to practice self-love and self-care, but it’s rare that we’re given practical advice on how to actually do it.


1. Set an intention for the day.

  • When you wake up in the morning, write your intention down or say it to yourself first thing.

2. Meditate, just for two minutes.

  • Spend just two or 10 minutes a day in a calm space, quiet your mind, and notice your breath.

3. Use mantras and affirmations

  • You can recenter yourself with mantras and affirmations during any moment of the day when you start to feel “off.” Make sure that what you’re saying feels true to you – telling yourself a lie in hopes it will make you feel better never works!

4. Hone a 10-second breathing routine.

  • Instantly calm, re-center, and ground yourself by breathing in for 10 full seconds, holding your breath for next 10 seconds, and slowly exhaling for 10 seconds.

5. Start gratitude journaling

  • Every morning or evening, take the time to simply write down one to five things you’re grateful for that day.

6. Write down one thing you love about you.

  • Once you finish your gratitude post, record a few things your appreciate about yourself and your body that day.

7. Set an intention for your meal.

  • How do you want to show up for your meal? With grace? With the intention to honor your hunger and fullness? With the ability to simply taste your food and stop worrying about calories? Whatever comes up to you, sen an intention for it.

8. Find ways to move your body that you actually enjoy.

  • If you’re having a hard time with this, think about what you used to do as a child and brainstorm how you can bring those moves into your life now.

9. Tune into the way you talk to yourself.

  • If you wouldn’t talk to a friend the way you speak to yourself, don’t speak that to you.

10. Close your eyes and see yourself living your best life.

  • Once you do, think about how you feel when you’re there. Another way to bring this to life is vision boards.

11. Change your space.

  • Whether you’re completing a difficult task, feeling tired and bored with your surroundings, or just need to change your energy, change you space. Do something different!

12. Practice forgiveness.

  • Are you directing anger at someone or beating yourself up? Let it go, forgive and move on.

13. Recall the positive.

  • When you feel like you’ve failed, it’s easy to label yourself a failure. recognize that this is just a feeling and it’ll pass. Recall the amazing things you’ve accomplished and contributed to.