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At the Health & Wellness Clinic located in Layton, Utah, when it comes to chiropractic care, many people come to us for help managing back pain, neck pain, arthritis and joint pain, headaches, as well as improving bowel regularity and dealing with ear infections. But did you know you can also find yourself with an improved mood and outlook? In fact, while treating physical ailments are the most common reasons for visits, improved mental health is an additional benefit to using chiropractic care for better health and wellbeing.

Obviously, when chronic pain is managed regularly, you will feel better because you are experiencing less pain which encourages a positive outlook. As you may already know from firsthand experience, constant pain can seriously affect one’s mood and mental health, so managing your pain with regular chiropractic adjustments can help with anxiety and depression. Feeling better physically can facilitate emotional healing as you feel more like engaging in the activities you love and interacting socially with others.

It’s important to note that your body’s chemistry regulates your mood through the nervous system. Along with the brain, your organs are regulated by the nervous system. When the spine is misaligned in the first, second or third vertebrae, it may result in pressure on the area of the brain stem that impacts you neurologically and chemically. Making upper cervical adjustments can positively affect brain-based conditions, such as increasing the blood flow to the cerebral spinal fluid.

According to a study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research in 2013, out of a group of 2818 patients receiving chiropractic care, 76% of them found that their mental/emotional health improved, including reduced stress and increased life enjoyment in the months after receiving chiropractic care. As chiropractic adjustments improve the function of the nervous system so that it operates at optimal levels, it can more quickly and efficiently balance the body chemistry that impacts mood disorders.

Since mood disorders, such as depression, arises from chemical imbalances in the brain, controlling these imbalances can make a huge difference. A healthy body, through a process called homeostasis, is able to work on correcting health imbalances by detecting changes and readjusting. With regular chiropractic support, we can assist your body’s nervous system to function optimally to keep the body healthier and more balanced, especially if it helps you achieve a more restful, healthy level of sleep.

Our experienced chiropractors, Dr. Dan Hendricks and Dr. Spencer Rollins, look forward to helping you achieve overall health and wellness. If you would like to come in to find out how you can benefit from treatment, please give us a call at 801-784-4807 to schedule a visit. We look forward to helping you achieve your optimal health and wellness goals!