Could Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Have Roots in Your Spine?
It’s easy to interpret conditions as isolated to one part of the body. For example, you might think Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is just about your state of mind and psychology. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. The cause of SAD and its many symptoms could be rooted in your spine. The fact is, misalignment in the vertebrae wreak havoc with your central nervous system, causing myriad problems throughout the body. This includes dictating how you think or feel.
Because the spine can have such a profound impact on your mood, chiropractic may be able to provide sufferers of SAD with some degree of relief. If you’re someone who slips into depression at the onset of winter, the seasoned team at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO is ready to help make sure your spine isn’t contributing to your decline in mood.
Seasonal Affective Disorder affects individuals starting in fall and persists through the winter months. Shorter days, dismal weather, holiday stress, and more can all be catalysts or compounding factors on the severity of SAD.
It’s more than just feeling down, too – it’s an illness that has very real, very serious ramifications. SAD can result in wide-ranging symptoms that include some or all of the following:
- Chronic fatigue;
- Muscle soreness;
- Trouble sleeping;
- Inability to experience pleasure;
- Extreme lethargy;
- Chronic pain.
Determining the symptoms of SAD is key to pinpointing how to resolve them. For example, the lack of natural light due to short winter days can mean a reduction of vitamin D, which is linked to a decrease in mood. In this situation, a vitamin D supplement may help in regaining and maintaining a positive mood.
The mind-body connection
In an effort to link SAD symptoms to their causes, it’s paramount to look at the connection between the mind and the spine. This is important chiefly because of the central nervous system, which plays a central role in overall physiology.
For example, a small misalignment in the cervical spine could be enough to pinch a nerve. This pinched nerve may lead to added stress or discomfort, which can trigger or exacerbate SAD. Compound this with a lower level of physical activity in the winter and the already-high stresses of the season and it’s no wonder SAD sufferers tend to feel overwhelmed.
Chiropractic adjustments for mood adjustments
Chiropractic can be a useful in managing or overcoming SAD. By realigning cervical spine (neck) vertebrae, a chiropractor may be able to reduce pressure on the brain stem. In addition to reliving pinched or blocked nerve signals, this can also alleviate chronic pain or discomfort.
Chiropractic doesn’t just stop at restoring spinal integrity. It also deals with holistic wellness. This can include a chiropractor helping you to stay active during the winter, supplementing your diet with vitamin D or magnesium, and more. Chiropractic maintenance can also help prevent misalignments that induce SAD symptoms. Finally, simply experiencing human contact (talk and touch) can stimulate happiness, which helps stave off SAD.
Discover happiness this winter season
You don’t have to dread the oncoming winter. Chiropractic is a conservative, cost-effective way to potentially treat SAD and the many symptoms that come with it.
The experienced team at Posture Works in Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA wants you to be healthy no matter what season it is. Let us show you the benefits of chiropractic correction through our tailored Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program. We’ll assess your unique spine, to provide targeted treatments in pursuit of the very best health and wellness. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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.