Can Spinal Manipulation Improve Your Sleep?

Posted Jul 11, 2022 at 10:14

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Can Spinal Manipulation Improve Sleep?

Can spinal manipulation help improve sleep? This is a question that many people are asking lately. The answer is that although there is a very limited research on chiropractic and insomnia, many patients report that it can help improve the quality of sleep. Many claim to notice improvements from the first adjustments. Keep reading to learn more about how spinal manipulation can help you get a good night's sleep!

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to adjust the spine and other joints in the body. This can help relieve pain and improve function. By reducing pain, one of the primary advantages of spinal manipulation is that it may help you sleep better. It can be tough to fall asleep or stay asleep if you're in pain. Spinal manipulation may also aid in the improvement of sleep by lowering stress. Stress may cause sleepless nights and tiredness during the day.

Another way spinal manipulation can help improve sleep is by reducing stress. Stress can lead to sleepless nights and fatigue during the day.  Have your spine adjusted can help reduce stress and promote relaxation, which can help you get a better night's sleep. A study conducted in 2010 has suggested that spinal manipulation excites GABA- ergic inhibitory neurons, promotes relaxation of the mind, and non-rapid eye movement sleep.  

Sleep disturbances are common comorbidity associated with musculoskeletal conditions or other illnesses. There is limited number of research on chiropractic and primary insomnia. However, there are multiple case reports which demonstrate improvements in sleep disorders such obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) both in paediatric and adult patients. 

A 1999 study has shown a link between upper cervical region angles- especially the atlas (the first vertebrae) and the occiput relationship – to sleep apnea. Upper cervical region is commonly adjusted in chiropractic offices as subluxations in this area have huge impact on the rest of the body. 

With sleep being crucial for normal functioning of our body, it is important to take a good care of it. Failure to obtain adequate sleep has been associated with impaired cognition and physical functions. In cases of chronic OSA there is also increased risk of neurologic, psychometric, endocrine, and cardiovascular damage. 

There may not be a huge amount of research specifically focusing on Chiropractic and insomnia. Regardless, almost all recent papers investigating non-pharmacological interventions in sleep disorders agree that alternative therapy should be used before patients reach for medications. 

Spinal Manipulation can help relieve pain, reduce stress, and by most clients it is reported to improve sleep quality. These benefits can lead to more restful nights and more energy during the day. If you're looking for a natural way to improve sleep, spinal adjustments may be worth considering.

Would you like to learn more? Why not to book an appointment. 

With a comprehensive consultation, we can assist you in determining if being adjusted by ourselves is appropriate for you and answer any queries you may have.