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Can't Sleep? Try Chiropractic Care

Senior man having chiropractic back adjustment.
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Or maybe you drift off rather quickly, but you find yourself stirring often throughout the night and waking up feeling no more rested than when you went to bed. Sleep problems are very common, and while there are many different sleep medications and remedies on the market, not everyone wants to turn to drugs to help them fall or stay asleep.

If you prefer a more natural approach to sleep improvement, consider visiting the chiropractor. Regular chiropractic care can help you get better sleep in the following ways. 

1. Reduced Stiffness and Joint Pain

If you have back pain or even mild stiffness in your back or neck, this may make it tough to find a comfortable position at night. You may wake up feeling stiff or sore and have to switch positions before you fall asleep again. Back pain is a common consequence of today's office-bound lifestyle. And active workers can develop back pain due to heavy lifting or physical exertion.

Your chiropractor will adjust your spine to ease back pain, which will help you sleep more comfortably and with less reliance on pain relievers - which, in some cases, may be reducing your sleep quality.

Chiropractic adjustments help promote good posture to reduce strain on your other joints throughout the day, too. If you suffer from arthritis or joint pain, you may notice this subsides, resulting in better sleep after a chiropractic adjustment.

2. Sleep Position Advice

Depending on the stiffness and misalignment your chiropractor discovers in your back - and also on your own unique anatomy - they can recommend sleep positions that are likely to be more comfortable and promote better sleep.

For example, if you are someone with lower back pain, a chiropractor may recommend sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees. If you have neck pain, they may recommend sleeping on your back. 

3. Reduced Anxiety

Do you find yourself dealing with racing thoughts and worries when you try to fall asleep at night? You may be suffering from anxiety.

Chiropractic care should not be used as a substitute for proper anxiety treatments; you should see a psychiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. However, chiropractic care can be a good supplemental anxiety treatment, helping to ease symptoms that persist in spite of your doctor's recommended remedies.

The mind and body are intimately connected, and adjusting the spine to promote better physical health can improve your mental health, too. Adjustments may alleviate pressure on the nerves that control your emotions, helping you to feel more relaxed and drift off to sleep without anxious thoughts.

4. Improved Circulation

When your muscles are tight and sore due to a misaligned spine, your circulation may be affected. Tight muscles put pressure on blood vessels, causing them to constrict. Your extremities may not get the blood they need, especially at night when you are laying down and putting pressure on certain muscles. As a result, you may feel tingling in your arms or legs, causing you to wake up and adjust your position.

By relaxing the muscles, chiropractic adjustments also help promote better circulation. You'll sleep better, and you will also wake up feeling better rested since your organs and tissues will be getting the oxygen they need to repair themselves via the blood supply.

Insomnia and sleep trouble are complex, multifactorial problems, and treatment often requires a multi- factorial approach. Visiting a chiropractor for an adjustment is a good start, especially if you are having trouble sleeping due to pain or stiffness. Contact Marsch Chiropractic Center if you are looking for a friendly, welcoming chiropractic office in the Orangeburg area.

Marsch Chiropractic Center

Orangeburg, SC
Phone: 803-536-1635

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