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CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS MAY HELP SLEEP DISORDERS

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Posted on 08-12-2017

According to Sleep Med (2015) over 70 million Americans suffer with disorders of sleep and wakefulness and in 60% of these cases, the condition is chronic. This problem does not seem to improve with age as over half of those over 65 years of age have experienced disturbed sleep. Also, those over 65 make up only 13% of the population but consume 40% of sleeping pill prescriptions. Females are twice as likely as males to experience sleep disorders due to hormonal changes during menopause and pregnancy.

One of the most common sleep disorders is sleep apnea (stoppages in breathing during sleep) but there are other notable causes ranging from muscular in nature (bruxism or teeth grinding) to sleeping sickness which is defined as sleep disturbances due to infections. Insomnia is a general term described as difficulty falling asleep with no apparent cause.

Drugless solutions to insomnia such as CPAP therapy have proven to be an invaluable tool. Another natural approach that has been overlooked is the chiropractic adjustment. Researchers at the University of Madrid Medical School have concluded that there is a correlation between chiropractic care and improvements in sleep quality.  This finding is based on the release of certain neuropeptides when the joint capsules of the cervical spine are briefly gapped during an adjusting procedure. The specific neurotransmitters and neuropeptides that researchers found to be elevated after an adjustment are hypocretins and serotonin. These chemicals have a profound effect on mood appetite and sleep.

More research is needed to substantiate the results that chiropractic patients have reported for many years. It is encouraging for all practicioners of the manipulative arts including physical therapists and osteopaths to know that the cervical spine adjustment can result in such beneficial physiological effects.

If you suffer with a sleeping disorder then you too may benefit from these procedures. Feel free to call Dr. G. Ken Smith D.C. MS at 251-621-2224 with any questions as to how you may be helped by cervical spine manipulation.  

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