Heading Off Seasonal Depression with the Help of Chiropractic

If you experience seasonal depression, you know it’s more than just the winter blues. The consistent feeling of being down, combined with a lack of interest in the things you usually love, can be devastating. You dread the coming winter because you know what’s going to happen, and it always feels like there’s no way to avoid it.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects up to 20 percent of the population with ranging, sometimes severe effects. Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet to combating it. Many physicians recommend staying active or supplementing your diet with Vitamin D. Other recommendations include changing your diet, listening to soothing music, and even tanning during the winter!

Did you know you may be able to mitigate SAD’s effects through chiropractic, too? This natural, holistic treatment method isn’t just for people with back problems. At Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA, we recommend adjustments to SAD sufferers as winter begins to set in, as a way to help improve quality of life. Evidence shows that chiropractic maintenance may be a key in warding off the worst symptoms of this seasonal condition.

What causes SAD?

Mental health professionals attribute most cases of SAD to the nature of the winter season. There are fewer hours of sunlight, cold temperatures, and the many expectations that come with holidays. These compound in the form of stress, sparking the many defining features of SAD as a collective condition. Symptoms correlated with SAD often include:

  • Chronic fatigue;
  • Chronic pain;
  • Mood changes;
  • Shifts in appetite;
  • Extreme lethargy;
  • Depression.

These symptoms often put unnecessary stress on the body, causing a kind of vicious cycle. And, any one symptom is further compounded by any others. For example, experiencing tense muscles and spinal subluxations (misalignments) due to stress may lead to greater health problems such as severe mood changes and depression.

Using chiropractic to combat SAD

While there’s no cure for SAD, there are ways to ease the various problems it causes. These include a number of lifestyle changes to improve overall happiness, as well as focus on diet and exercise. Also important to consider is chiropractic.

Chiropractic’s ability to realign the spine can have numerous benefits that directly combat SAD. This can include alleviating chronic pain, unrestricting critical nerves, and preventing poor posture from inducing these conditions.

A chiropractor will use a variety of techniques to alleviate symptoms, foremost of all being corrective adjustment. In the particular case of SAD, realigning the top three vertebrae in the cervical spine (neck) may reduce pressure on the brain stem, leading to profound benefits. Chiropractic adjustments may also increase the level of endorphins in the bloodstream, key to combating this condition. When the spine is properly aligned, patients report benefits such as improved energy levels, reduced pain, and better mood.

Beyond adjustments, a chiropractor will work with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan. For seasonal affective disorder, this will often include spending more time outside to absorb sunlight containing vital vitamin D, adopting an exercise program, and switching to a nutritious diet.

Reclaim winter as a happy season

The many joys of winter don’t have to be second to seasonal depression. The experienced team at Stability Health Center is helping patients throughout the Seattle, WA area. Contact us today to learn more about the revolutionary Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program we use with all our patients.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.