The Power of Sleep for Health and Chiropractic Care

The Power of Sleep for Health and Chiropractic Care

Sleep is an integral part of our lives. The average person spends about a third of their lifetime sleeping. However, its importance goes beyond merely “shutting off” for several hours each day. Sleep is a fundamental component of our health and wellbeing, with vast effects on physical health, mental health, and quality of life [1].

On the other hand, chiropractic care, often associated solely with back pain relief, also contributes significantly to overall health. A combination of healthy sleep habits and routine chiropractic care can lead to profound improvements in health and wellness.

The Importance of Sleep for Health

Sleep serves numerous essential functions. It is during this time that the body performs critical biological processes, such as cell repair and regeneration, brain function enhancement, and memory consolidation [2].

Physical Health: Lack of sleep can lead to an array of physical health problems. These include a weakened immune system, increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and even certain types of cancer [3]. Additionally, sleep aids in growth and development in children and teenagers by releasing the growth hormone [4].

Mental Health: Sleep also plays a significant role in mental health. Insufficient sleep is linked to various psychiatric conditions like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder [5]. Proper sleep helps maintain emotional and psychological stability.

Cognitive Function: Adequate sleep is necessary for learning, memory, and overall cognitive function. Lack of sleep can impair attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem-solving skills [6].

Chiropractic Care for Better Sleep

Chiropractic care primarily focuses on the body’s musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and how they function together. Chiropractors use spinal adjustments and other techniques to correct alignment issues, reduce pain, and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself [7]. You can read more about the spine and the nervous system here: https://www.topchiro.co.uk/blog/the-spine/

Pain Relief: Spinal manipulation helps reduce pain, and less pain often means better sleep. Studies have shown that chiropractic care can effectively decrease pain in the lower back, neck, and other areas, leading to improved sleep quality [8].

Stress Reduction: Chiropractic adjustments can also reduce stress and anxiety by improving nervous system functioning and inducing relaxation. This relaxation can lead to better sleep [9].

Improving Insomnia: Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for insomnia. By correcting spinal misalignments, chiropractic care can help balance the body’s systems and promote relaxation, leading to improved sleep [10].

Adequate sleep is essential for maintaining good health and wellbeing. It is just as important as a balanced diet and regular exercise. By incorporating chiropractic care into our wellness routine, we can not only manage pain and stress but also improve our sleep quality.

Understanding the integral role of sleep in health and the benefits of chiropractic care can help individuals take proactive steps towards improved well-being. While each plays a significant role individually, their combined benefits work together that can significantly enhance overall health.

Improving Body Function and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can improve overall body functions, such as digestion, circulation, and most crucially, sleep. Through manipulations and adjustments, chiropractors can alleviate nerve compressions, which can lead to improved bodily functions [11].

Moreover, chiropractic adjustments can enhance blood circulation in the nervous system, contributing to better sleep. A well-functioning nervous system is pivotal in maintaining and regulating sleep [12]. You can book in to check your spine with us below.


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Combining Sleep and Chiropractic for Optimal Health

In essence, to achieve optimal health, a balanced approach incorporating both ample sleep and regular chiropractic care is highly beneficial. Sleep provides the body with the necessary downtime for recovery and rejuvenation, while chiropractic care ensures the body’s systems are working in harmony, thus enhancing the effects of restful sleep.

Regular chiropractic care can also serve as a preventative measure, potentially reducing the likelihood of developing sleep-disrupting issues, such as chronic pain. As such, chiropractic care should be considered an essential element in a comprehensive approach to health and wellness [13].

References

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[2] Walker, M. (2017). Why we sleep: Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams. Scribner.

[3] Cappuccio, F. P., D’Elia, L., Strazzullo, P., & Miller, M. A. (2010). Sleep duration and all-cause mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Sleep, 33(5), 585-592.

[4] National Sleep Foundation. (n.d.). Sleep in Children. Retrieved from https://www.sleepfoundation.org/children-and-sleep

[5] Harvey, A. G., Murray, G., Chandler, R. A., & Soehner, A. (2011). Sleep disturbance as transdiagnostic: consideration of neurobiological mechanisms. Clinical psychology review, 31(2), 225-235.

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[7] Hartvigsen, J., French, S. D., & Chiropractors, A. C. A. C. o. (2012). So, what is chiropractic? Reflections after reading the WFC’s proposed Identity Statement. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 20(1), 37.

[8] Goertz, C. M., Long, C. R., Hondras, M. A., Petri, R., Delgado, R., Lawrence, D. J., … & Meeker, W. C. (2013). Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine, 38(8), 627-634.

[9] Ogura, T., Tashiro, M., Masud, M., Watanuki, S., Shibuya, K., Yamaguchi, K., … & Yanai, K. (2011). Cerebral metabolic changes in men after chiropractic spinal manipulation for neck pain. Alternative therapies in health and medicine, 17(6), 12-17.

[10] Kingston, J., Raggio, C., Spencer, K., Stalaker, K., & Tuchin, P. J. (2010). A review of the literature on chiropractic and insomnia. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 9(3), 121-126.

[11] Kessinger, R., & Boneva, D. (2000). Neurological and biochemical transformations following chiropractic adjustment. The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 3(2), 1-9.

[12] McLain, R. F. (1994). Mechanoreceptor endings in human cervical facet joints. Spine, 19(5), 495-501.

[13] Jamison, J. R. (2005). Insomnia: Does chiropractic help?. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 28(3), 179-186.