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I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes five years ago, and I've had to make considerable changes to my lifestyle to maintain my health since I was diagnosed. I started this blog to share my experience of coming to terms with having type 2 diabetes and what I've learned on my personal journey. I share details of the lifestyle changes I've made, including giving up smoking and eating more wholefoods, and my personal experience of using alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine. I also post about new treatments that are becoming available for type 2 diabetes. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.

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How Spinal Health Affects Your Mental Health

by Regina Perry

If you have a bad back that is proving hard to fix, it can be a good idea to look widely for solutions. Many people do not realise how much mental state can affect your spinal health. Here are some of the ways that mental health can affect your back pain and some tips on how to resolve the issue. 

Stress

In many cases, stress is expressed physically through tensed muscles and poor posture. When this continues over a long period of time, this tension can be difficult to release and can lead to a sublimation of the spine, which means that even when you are not mentally stressed, your body still shows the signs of stress. This can be resolved by a chiropractic adjustment, which can get your spine back into alignment and help to ensure that the muscles can release. This allows you to feel relaxed. 

Chronic pain

People who suffer from chronic pain relating to back pain can often suffer from a vicious cycle where the pain makes it hard to participate in their day-to-day life. Chronic pain is closely related to depression, with many people finding a loss of ability to do simple tasks that give them pleasure such as exercise, which can make it hard to maintain a positive mental health. Many people find that regular chiropractic treatment can offer at least temporary relief from the pain, which makes it easier to do some of their day-to-day activities and can also provide relief from depression. It can also be a good idea to chat with a doctor, as in some cases starting a mild dose of antidepressants can help to alleviate the depression so that any underlying pain can be managed. 

Sleep disorders

People who suffer from back pain can find it difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. Sleep disorders can also be closely related to back pain, as people who are tired have a higher perception of pain, and this can then make it harder to get back to sleep. Many people who suffer from back pain find that they sleep deeply after a chiropractic adjustment, as this releases tension. By getting sleep after the session, it is more likely that the patient will have a lower perception of any back pain when they wake up, making it more likely that they will continue to have good sleep at night. 

As you can see, there can be a relationship between mental health and spinal health, particularly as chronic back pain can make it more likely that the patient will suffer depression and sleep disruption. If you have back pain and find your mental health is suffering, you should meet with a chiropractor and develop a treatment plan to help you improve your overall health and pain level. 

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