Connecting the Dots Between Depression, Back Pain, and Chiropractic
It’s tempting for us to think of health problems as being isolated. For example, you might think leg pain is completely localized or that mental health problems are related only to brain chemistry. But our bodies just don’t work that way.
Instead, there are connections that medical experts are still in the process of uncovering. Your leg pain may be referred from a pinched nerve in your spine and mental health could be directly affected by physical wellbeing. Things aren’t always cut and dry. Nowhere is this more evident than with depression.
The team at Advanced Spine and Posture in Las Vegas, NV has seen firsthand how spinal problems can disrupt mental wellness. We aim to help patients understand the correlation between physical and mental health, so they can live their best lives.
Linking back problems with mental health
We tend to think of depression as a strictly mental condition. The fact is, in some cases, the root cause of depression is actually physical. Subtle changes to spinal integrity can wreak major havoc on your central nervous system. The result is a downshift in mood and sullen feelings that just can’t be overcome.
When you think about it, it’s not terribly surprising that depression and chronic back pain are linked. Studies have found that patients are likely to experience both simultaneously. For example, depression may cause patients to experience pain and inflammation more acutely due to the presence of a specific protein, cytokines. In short, you feel bad because you hurt and you experience the hurt more vividly because you feel bad.
Treating depression through chiropractic
Chiropractic is a natural treatment plan that can help limit back pain and, potentially, symptoms of depression. Each case is different and often involves working through a negative pattern – depression may exacerbate back pain and vice versa. That’s why it’s important to see a chiropractor who will review your medical history, consider all your symptoms, and discuss treatment plans with you. Because chiropractic is individualized, your treatment will be geared to address specific symptoms.
General spinal adjustments are key to repairing back injuries and vertebral disc misalignments. Some patients experience results in just a few appointments. And, not only do adjustments help resolve back pain, they can help patients experience more restful sleep and restore range of movement. These are direct contributors to mood and in positive cases, catalysts of depression. Reversing them may mean absolving some central mood detractors.
Get moving and stay active
It’s universally understood that endorphins are a prime weapon against depression, making exercise something everyone should consider. Unfortunately, many are left wondering where to start or what approach to exercise is right for them.
A chiropractor can design an exercise program geared to enhance both mental and physical health. Strengthening back and core muscles is critical to maintaining spinal integrity. A chiropractor-approved exercise plan could simultaneously strengthen your spine and improve your mood!
If you’re experiencing depression, it’s important to remember the root cause might not just be in your head. At Advanced Spine & Posture in Las Vegas, NV, we treat the whole person using state-of-the-art techniques and a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. We invite you to contact us today to set up a free consultation and learn more about the interconnectedness of your mind and body.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.