Chiropractic adjustments, nutritional and lifestyle suggestions can help your patients recover from insomnia and develop healthier sleep.
A recent paper published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders suggests that some insomnia cases could be caused by complex chemical interactions in the brain resulting from subluxation. This would explain, potentially, why chiropractic adjustment provides relief for many insomnia patients. The author, Lenard Vernon, DC, suggests in his paper, “The Chiropractic Subluxation and Insomnia: Could there be a connection?” that over time a pattern of chronic insomnia may develop and contribute to further discomfort and sleeplessness.
Successfully treating patients with insomnia may require adjustments to correct the subluxation and interfere with chronic insomnia. Alongside adjustments, other treatments and lifestyle interventions may promote healthy sleep and help your patients heal.
As Vernon’s paper explains, subluxation may contribute to endocrine system problems by creating unhealthy nerve impulses. This chemical dysfunction then causes imbalanced brain chemistry, contributing to primary insomnia in patients. By addressing the subluxation, adjustment may help correct the brain’s dopamine and serotonin levels, thereby providing possible relief from insomnia.