Some pain is the result of a known injury which just will take time to heal. Other pain is harder to figure out where it came from. This is how you can narrow it down.
If you have a pain that has come on gradually, this could mean a few things. First, it could be something you've been doing for a long time (even years), that is finally catching up to you. For example, you've been sitting at a desk for 20 years, and your upper back posture has led to a lot of stress on your spine and resulted in inflammation and degeneration that has grown to the point of causing pain that your brain is finally acknowledging.
It's like someone calling your name when you're really engrossed in something and you don't realize they're calling your name until they yell. That "threshold" of when you notice that person is yelling your name is different for everyone and can be influenced by many things. Inflammatory foods, your mood, etc. It is different if you're busy doing other things vs. just lying there.
Something else to consider when thinking about where your pain is coming from is whether or not you've changed something recently in your routine or surroundings. A new workout, office chair, ergonomic adjustment, pillow, or a pair of running shoes for example. Sometimes the body has adapted to even poor circumstances (like a bad pillow) and when you get a better pillow, it can have difficulty adapting. Or the new running shoes are forcing your foot into a different posture. This means there could be an imbalance (usually a certain stubborn muscle) that is holding things back.
A third thing to think about would be something that is causing systemic inflammation. For example your poor diet is finally catching up to you. If you use a heating pad or take a hot bath and it makes it worse then this could be what's going on.
If your pain is worse in the morning it is the result of the overnight buildup of inflammation from the above causes. Usually during the day, we are moving and flexing our limbs which "pushes" fluid around and through areas. When we've been sitting or lying down for a while and we get up and all of a sudden and force our body to move without giving these areas a chance to "drain" the inflammation, it hurts. Heel pain after sitting for a while or first thing in the morning is an example.
If something is worse as the day goes on, then it is the result of muscles that are upset for having to work so hard. The saying "it takes a village" applies to our body also. Muscles work together to create movement and when something goes wrong with a muscle, there are other muscles that can take up the slack. If this is just temporary then we usually don't notice, but if it happens long term we have a problem. There is a build-up of metabolic waste products like lactic acid that create pain.
Of course there are a dozen other scenarios that are impossible to address that are outside the scope of a blog, but I hope this helps you narrow down the cause of your pain.
Tackling Your Mental Care Through A Mind-Body Approach
Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States? Or that in the U.S alone, a whopping 40 million adults suffer from anxiety? Did you also know that anxiety is a highly treatable disorder, yet only 36.9% of those suffering. from it seek and receive treatment?
Yup, we’re dropping some serious facts today. In fact, we’ve got one more for you: Seeing a chiropractor for anxiety, and receiving treatment, can significantly help with symptoms.
We know what you’re thinking - how does chiropractic care have anything to do with anxiety? Oh, it has everything to do with it. A chiropractor and anxiety go hand in hand. Or, bone in bone rather. You see, the mind and body aren’t two unrelated entities. Our minds are actually deeply connected and related to our bodies through what’s called the superhighway: our spinal cord.
By working on the muscles and assessing the physical factors of the central nervous system, chiropractic care can help improve mental symptoms. It all starts with addressing the root cause of anxiety. This is important because any interruption in the flow of this superhighway could have an effect on mood and mental well-being.
(To learn more about my approach to chiropractic care, click here.)
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety, by itself, is something many people experience at some point in their life. Financial troubles, job losses, moving, etc. can all be stressful situations. But tack on a global pandemic, and anxiety levels are bound to rise. I think we can all agree that 2020 has been challenging.
Anxiety is a very normal response to life’s stressful events. It’s when anxiety becomes bigger than the events and interferes with everyday events that it becomes an anxiety disorder.
While anxiety looks different for everyone, here are some common symptoms:
These physical symptoms can intensify mental symptoms. You’re left with heightened anxiety that becomes more difficult to live with.
So how exactly can chiropractic help anxiety and patients who suffer from depression? Let’s take a look.
The Mind/Body Connection & Chiropractic Care
Remember when we talked about the mind and body connection? Of course you do. It’s a two-way road, really. Our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and response to mental stimuli have a huge influence on our biological functioning. Our body’s physical well-being impacts our mental state as well. It’s a complex, interconnected relationship. Chiropractic care is unique in the fact that it tackles physical well-being to promote mental wellness.
So what does seeing a chiropractor for anxiety look like? What are the benefits?
Pro-tip: Walking can increase your well-being and reduce physical pain.
Chiropractic Care Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
“Lower? My blood pressure spikes up just thinking about going to the doctor’s office!”
We get it. It can be intimidating. But ongoing chiropractic care (including physical/massage therapy) can actually decrease blood pressure. High blood pressure is a common symptom of anxiety. By lowering it through chiropractic treatment, we can also see a sudden decrease in other anxiety symptoms. If you’re someone who does well with evidence-based findings, here’s this: In a study of 21 people with anxiety and high blood pressure, chiropractic care decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements while also significantly reducing overall anxiety.
Spine Adjustments Release Happy Hormones
No, that’s not the technical term for it. But hormones such as oxytocin, neurotensin, and cortisol have a positive effect on our nervous systems. When the spine is adjusted it triggers the release of these hormones throughout the body. And that can make all the difference in helping someone feel happier. And we like happier. Starting to see how a chiropractor and anxiety go hand in hand?
Pro-tip: Did you know you can reduce anxiety symptoms with Vitamin D?
Results Without Harmful Side Effects
Okay, this one’s what we’re most proud of. Chiropractic care is all natural. Oftentimes, patients with anxiety and depression take medications to reduce their symptoms. And we get that. But unfortunately, medications can sometimes introduce a whole new slew of symptoms, better known as side effects. These can include insomnia, loss of appetite, weight gain, fatigue, or nausea. The list can be long. Chiropractic care helps reduce the symptoms of anxiety without the added side effects. So you could potentially lose the medications for good. After consulting with your doctor, of course.
Get Better Sleep Through Chiropractic Care
Those who suffer from anxiety know too well what a lack of sleep looks like. Chiropractic care can help get some seriously needed rest. Many patients reported getting better quality sleep immediately after their chiropractic adjustment. If you’re often dealing with fatigue and/or insomnia, seeking chiropractic care can help.
See a Chiropractor for Anxiety & Get Rid Of Muscle Tension and Pain
Seeing a chiropractor for anxiety can do so much for you. This includes relieving muscle tension and pain. Sometimes, our spinal bones get pulled out of alignment causing muscle tension. A small misalignment could lead to nagging physical pain and headaches. A chiropractor can help restore the spine to its proper alignment which, often immediately, helps muscles relax.
Finding relief from anxiety can be a long, hard journey. Seeking a chiropractor for anxiety disorders can lead to decreased symptoms in a completely natural way. Contact us today for more information!