Improving your sleep with Chiropractic
My name is Liam McMahon and I am a chiropractor at Total therapy. I have been qualified just short of 5 years having previously done biology at the University of Bath where I also played rugby. I am keen on my sports and staying active but love getting to the beach as often as possible, not only in the hot weather!
People who see chiropractors generally know that they can help with musculoskeletal issues like back pain and headaches. What many do not realise is they can help with a lot more. Chiropractic can even help you sleep better.
Everyone knows that a good night’s sleep is essential even though we don’t tend to give it too much thought. Lack of sleep not only makes your day more difficult but recent research has shown that poor quality sleep increases our chance of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and obesity to list just a few. (http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/health)
A good night of sleep is essential for good health. So what about people who try to get enough but are still struggling?
While chiropractors aren’t generally thought of as being sleep experts one-third of people who have chiropractic adjustments report that they experience immediate sleep improvement.
The news is similar for babies with up to 40% getting deeper sleep from a single session. And with 1 in 4 newborn’s having sleep difficulties any new parents will find this as welcome relief!
How Chiropractic can help improve your sleep.
- Pain Relief
Pain stops people sleeping. With chronic pain up to 20% of people have sleepless nights compared to only 7-8% of people without pain. Research by the National Institute of Health shows chiropractic is as effective as other treatments like pain killers. The better news with chiropractic in comparison to drugs is that the effect is much longer lasting, in some cases up to 18 months.
- Relieves stress and muscle tension
Stress is recognised as preventing people falling asleep or sleeping well and can also cause muscle tension that again interferes with sleep. Vicious cycles can develop between tension and poor sleep as tension can cause poor sleep and poor sleep can increase tension. Your chiropractor may suggest stretches, exercises or relaxation techniques to ease tense muscles and help you relax outside of the clinic.
- Sleep Positions
Your chiropractor will work with you and may suggest better, more comfortable positions to help you get a restful night. They may also be able to suggest pillows or mattresses for you to try.
For more information on how chiropractic can help your sleep get in touch with any of the chiropractors at Total Therapy.