To answer this question, we first need to look at the benefits of chiropractic and then apply this to how chiropractic treatment can affect sleep.
Chiropractic is used in the treatment of neuromuscular skeletal problems.
Indeed “chiropractic (as defined by the World Federation of Chiropractic) is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.”
So, what does this mean in layman’s terms?
It means that chiropractic can help with problems that aggravate your bone and muscle system resulting in pain and discomfort.
These problems also will have an adverse effect on the nervous system in turn affecting those systems in your body that are controlled by this (nervous) system.
When you consider that about 80% of the body’s functions are influenced by the nervous system, you quickly realize that if your nervous system malfunctions then a greater portion of your body will suffer.
So proper sleep is all about getting your body to relax and “turn off”.
What are some of the things that will prevent this from happening?
Let us name a few reasons you may not be able to sleep
Psychological problems (such as anxiety and tension)
Physical problems (such as acute or chronic joint or muscle pain)
Sleeping conditions (such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnoea)
Chiropractic treatment has been known to have a beneficial effect on many of the physical causes that prevent people from having a good night sleep.
Lower back and shoulder pain, neck stiffness, pelvic and hip pain are just some of the conditions that chiropractic treatment has been known to help improve or alleviate.
If these or similar musculoskeletal conditions are keeping you awake at night, then seeing a chiropractor may well help you to sleep better.
At the Mount Street Chiropractic Centre, we have over 35 years of experience in dealing with spinal, joint and muscular related conditions and their symptoms.
All assessments and chiropractic treatments are based on sound clinical practices and techniques and a positive client outcome is our main priority.
So give us a call next time you find you are finding it difficult to sleep.