You hear enough about taking care of yourself during the holidays when it comes to eating well, handling an insane schedule, and avoiding stressful dinners with families. But what about pre-holiday prep? Have you thought about how a chiropractor could help you handle the holiday season with less stress while keeping you healthy and feeling restful? In this blog, you will learn why seeing a chiropractor can help you prepare for the busy holiday season and keep you healthy and happy into the New Year. 

Traveling and Chiropractic Care 

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the top travel holidays of the year, which means a lot of sitting and waiting and cramped seats and stressful driving or flying. Can you feel your shoulders tensing already? Keeping your appointments with your chiropractor is crucial to making sure you’re in the best shape possible when it comes time for travel. 

If your spine is properly aligned, all those stresses of travel will wreck a lot less havoc on your body than if your spine is not properly aligned or you’ve been skipping those chiropractic appointments. As soon as you’re able to get back into the office for your regular adjustments after travel, be sure to get back into your regular routine. 

And because Greenville Spine’s care is tailored exactly to your individual needs, we’ll be able to adjust your care accordingly to your lifestyle and unexpected events that may quite literally put a kink in your neck or back. 

Mental Health and Chiropractic Care 

When the spine is properly aligned, the brain has a clear pathway throughout the nervous system to send the signals necessary to regulate everything it needs to, including the signals necessary to respond to stress and anxiety. Many people don’t think of chiropractic care as having mental health benefits but it does. 

Research shows that there are many ways in which chiropractic care can help with anxiety relief. 

  • First, chiropractic helps relieve the pressure that misaligned bones cause on nerves in your body, creating an even flow between one’s brain and body to communicate freely. 
  • Second, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to help anxiety relief by releasing your body’s happy hormones like oxytocin and helps decrease cortisol levels which increase the stress in one’s body. Decreased cortisol levels also help one get a better night’s sleep. 
  • Chiropractic care has also been shown to lower blood pressure and relieve muscle tension.

We all need those happy hormones come the holiday season. A better night’s sleep, lower blood pressure, and relief from muscle tension are also high on most people’s wish lists. Chiropractic care can help with all of these issues. 

Digestion and Chiropractic Care

The holidays usually mean an overabundance of food. All that sitting and eating and sitting and digesting really take a toll on one’s body, even when you are trying to eat in moderation. Digestive issues can flare up during the holidays and really, who wants those kinds of problems in the midst of the Christmas spirit? No one. 

Chiropractic care can be a crucial component of getting digestive issues under control through proper alignment of the spine, which directly aids in open communication lines between the brain and nervous system. The alignment of the spine is of utmost importance in the body because of the communication lines that the brain demands to be open in order to work properly. 

For digestive issues like GERD, IBS, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, bloating, and constipation, chiropractic care can be a lifesaver. If nerves in the thoracic and lumbar regions of the back are pinched, that can cause significant digestive problems. One study done by the International Surgery Journal in 2012 showed that two-thirds of patients who had chronic abdominal pain also had a herniated disc. Two-thirds of those patients had been previously diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While this is just one study, the circumstantial evidence I’ve seen in my own chiropractic care practice shows a definitive link between misalignment of the spine and digestive problems. Thankfully, many of my patients have obtained the relief they needed after a treatment plan was designed and executed. 

Ready to see if a chiropractor can help you?
Don’t miss out on the Christmas spirit because of pain or anxiety or digestive problems. There are solutions to these problems that are completely natural and pain-free. Here at Greenville Spine, we want to do everything possible to help you obtain relief and live a pain-free life. Give us a call to schedule your initial assessment. We’ll listen to you. We’ll talk about options. Give us a call at (864) 631-1420.