secreted in response to stress and pain, which we all feel from time to time.
Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to tap into the mood-boosting, stress-relieving benefits of endorphins and get their full, opiate-like effect flowing. Though endorphins are commonly associated with the “runner’s high” achieved through vigorous exercise, the positive mood shifts associated with them do not necessarily require strenuous physical activity.
Today the benefits of spinal manipulation as well are easier to measure through scientific evidence. If you have ever undergone a Chiropractic adjustment, you know how good your body feels after being adjusted. But if you are curious about why that might be or just curious about chiropractic in general, you might wonder what happens to your body after getting an adjustment.
Scientists are able to study the neurochemical benefits of spinal manipulation and they found 1 that chiropractic adjustments cause a surge of beta-endorphins. Beta-endorphins have been found to produce a wide range of benefits, one of which is analgesia, or the numbing of pain. So when you get adjusted, your spine releases endorphins. The endorphins tell your body to feel good, allowing you to resume your daily activities without the stress and inconvenience of debilitating pain levels.
This instant and relatively long-lasting pain relief allows the surrounding tissues to relax also, which helps reduce tension headache and muscle spasms. Each person’s body is different; sometimes this pain relief will last for up to a month, other times just a few days. As a result, the Chiropractor works with you on a regular adjustment schedule to encourage your body to release endorphins habitually.
If stress regularly affects your mentality, or if pain interferes with your enjoyment of daily activities, you need to teach your body to release beta-endorphins to boost your mood, reduce pain and minimize stress. The regular release of endorphins is even proven to reduce the risk and/or symptoms of clinical depression.
It is never too soon to tap into your body’s optimal wellness potential. To get the most out of life, it’s not just about pain management; it’s about feeling good, being stress free and feeling confident in the capabilities of your body and mind.
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- Dr. Chad M. Hoffman blog ,Lifestyle Chiropractic
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