It’s never a bad time to invest in your mental health, but May, being Mental Health Month, marks an especially good time for some introspection. There’s no shortage of research touting the legitimacy of the mind-body connection, including the link between mental health and chiropractic care. In fact, integrating regular chiropractor visits into your self-care routine can have lasting benefits that go well beyond the doctor’s office.
In the spirit of Mental Health Month, here’s a handful of psychological perks associated with chiropractic care.
There’s a scientific explanation as to why getting a massage is so relaxing. According to research from the American Massage Therapy Association, it can considerably decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and even cortisol, also known as the stress hormone.
Of course, there’s usually more than one type of massage on the menu. So which ones are best for calming jittery nerves? Here’s our roundup of best massages for stress relief.
There’s a reason yoga is a go-to activity for stress management. Experts at Harvard Medical School say regular practice appears to modulate the body’s stress response. When paired with focused attention on the breath, certain stretches can help calm the mind and quell feelings of anxiety and nervousness.
Looking to unwind naturally? Here are some of our favorite stretches for stress management.
‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Topping the list year after year is (you guessed it) getting healthy. While a clean-slate perspective can do wonders for your motivation, being too eager will backfire if it leads to injury. Overdoing it in the name of fitness is a recipe for chronic pain—something that’ll surely throw a wrench in your exercise plans.
A balanced diet is critical in getting strong support to your tissues and organs. Your body needs nutrients in order to operate correctly, get the energy it needs, defend you against infections, and keep your systems free of disease. When children do not get the healthy, balanced nutrition they need, they are likelier to experience developmental issues or struggle at school. In fact, it can heavily impact a boy or girl into adulthood – because often the lack of a balanced diet during youth turns into a lifelong approach.
There’s nothing like the holiday season for reconnecting with friends and family and sharing in gratitude for a good year and good health, but this same time of year can also become stressful because of added familial obligations, plenty of rich and indulgent holiday meals, and the frenzy of holiday shopping or approaching deadlines.
Striking the right hydration balance can be tricky. The body, which is about 60 percent water, needs water to stay alive. Every system depends on it – from carrying nutrients to the cells and flushing toxins from organs.
Knee pain will affect one out of every two Americans at some point during their lives, according to the Arthritis Foundation. As the number two cause of chronic pain, more than a third of Americans report being affected by it at any given time.
If you go to bed soon after eating the kind of large meal that quickly breaks down into sugar, the headache you wake up with probably isn’t monsoon-related.
But if you notice that during monsoon season – defined as between June 15 and Sept. 30 since 2008 – there’s a marked connection between your headaches and/or joint pain increasing when those severe storms are about to occur, there quite possibly is a link.
Monsoon season doesn’t usher in host of new patients, but we definitely note a tendency to see more of our existing patients at this time of year.