Chiropractic therapy is mainly associated with body alignments, joint or spine adjustments, and other neuromusculoskeletal activities. But many people don’t know that the therapy is helpful in the well-being of the entire body. Be it a mental health issue or digestion problem, chiropractic care can support healthy function of a number of systems. This includes sleep quality and duration.
Sleeplessness, or insomnia, can occur due to multiple reasons. These include stress, anxiety, depression, body injury, muscle pain, nerve pain, etc. Oftentimes, the cause of poor quality of sleep is neurological—such as due to stress and anxiety. In these cases, a chiropractor will try to bring your nerves back to ideal function. Once the nerves start sending the right signals and messages to the brain, it can help relieve stress, which can improve sleep.
Physical issues such as muscle tension, body or joint pain can also compromise your sleep. Chiropractic adjustments help improve joint mobility by loosening up tight and tense muscles. With the help of subluxation, a chiropractor can reduce muscle inflammation. As your body begins to relax, the quality and length of your sleep can improve. With improved blood circulation and low blood pressure, your anxiety and physical pain can diminish, making it possible to get a proper goodnight’s sleep.
Since chiropractic therapy is a type of physical therapy, it provides an alternative to using sleeping pills, which may lose efficacy over time. A chiropractor may also recommend some exercises and activities which will greatly help you improve your sleeping cycle.