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December 20, 2015
Have the Winter Blues? We May Be Able to Help!
Do the cold Minneapolis temps have you down? Do you wake up every day feeling like you have less and less energy to handle all of your work and home activities, tempting you to want to hibernate until spring? If so, you aren’t alone.
Statistics published in the American Family Physician suggest that roughly five percent of the population struggles with the winter blues, also called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short. Also, for those affected, the symptoms associated with this condition (such as fatigue and depression) can last almost half the year.
This makes finding ways to ease SAD critical to improving the quality of life for a large amount of our patients. How can Lyn Lake Chiropractic help?
Although most people think that chiropractic is only beneficial when it comes to easing back or Quick read more or view full article neck pain, research has found that chiropractic can actually have a positive effect on mood. For instance, one study published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research found that five out of the six participants experienced relief of their anxiety and depression symptoms after just 12 chiropractic visits primarily aimed at treating the cervical, or neck portion of their spine.
These individuals also reported a “decrease in muscle tension and pain and increase in mental clarity and physical energy” after engaging in chiropractic care. This makes this particular treatment method soothing not only physically, but mentally as well.
Massage therapy can often help ease these types of symptoms as well. In fact, one meta-analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry even concluded that “massage therapy is significantly associated with alleviated depressive systems.”
Part of the reason this type of remedy is so beneficial to your mental health is in the way that it relaxes you. It eases the tension in your body by releasing tense muscles and it also reduces the stress in your mind as you let your thoughts wander while our experienced therapists help rid your body of the negative emotions that can sometimes make this colder part of the year more difficult to handle.
If you’re struggling with the winter blues and live in the Minneapolis area, contact Lyn Lake Chiropractic today and find out what we can do to help you lift your spirits all year long! Read Less