As we move into the winter season in Knoxville, many people may see themselves suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, otherwise known as seasonal depression. This is due to darker days, colder temperatures, and less sunlight exposure. These factors, along with holiday stressors can create the perfect storm for draining one’s energy and motivation.
There is no complete cure for SAD, but a chiropractor can relieve symptoms by performing spinal adjustments that stimulate the nervous system and impact hormone regulation. Serotonin and melatonin boosts can help balance one’s emotions and feelings during this colder and grayer time of year.
How can chiropractic adjustments help alleviate symptoms of seasonal depression?
Symptoms associated with SAD fall under the category of stress, which is a major trigger for vertebral subluxation (misaligned spine). If the spine is out of alignment, it can challenge a good night’s sleep and cause difficulty in getting enough exercise. This is also a contributor for negative feelings or moods. Adjustments can realign the spine, improve mobility and release endorphins. Proper alignment can alleviate neck and back pain and also help patients sleep better, decrease irritability and increase energy.
In conjunction with adjustments, spending time outdoors to absorb sunlight, exercising and following a healthy diet can also combat the winter blues.
By taking time for self care through chiropractic treatments, one should see a significant decrease in stress levels, allowing better enjoyment of the winter months. If you are suffering from symptoms of SAD, or winter related depression, contact Bell Family Chiropractic in Knoxville, TN and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bell today!