Upper Cervical Chiropractic for
Sleep Disorders and Insomnia
Sleep disorders are increasingly becoming a common infliction among people from all over the world. The most common sleep disorder is known as insomnia which is a condition that causes you to have persistent difficulty falling and staying asleep. Persistent difficulty falling asleep can lead to chronic insomnia, which can cause chronic fatigue, impaired concentration and focus, and drowsiness.
There is hope. Among the various treatments and therapies such as sedatives and hypnotics. An often overlooked option is upper cervical chiropractic.
How Your Spine May be Causing Your Sleep Disorder and Insomnia
Sleep disorders and insomnia include subluxation and inflammation along the upper cervical spine. In the chiropractic field, subluxation refers to a phenomenon in which one of the vertebrae in your spine moves out of position. When your vertebrae are dislocated, it can cause immense discomfort when you lie down. As the inflammation builds up, it leads to a disturbance between the neural pathways in the central nervous system and the neural pathways in the brainstem.
If this inflammation is chronic, i.e., for an extended period, it can lead to hormonal imbalances. One of these hormones is the sleep hormone called melatonin, which is responsible for maintaining our body’s circadian rhythm. Our body’s circadian rhythm plays a significant role in the sleep-wake cycle. When melatonin levels are disturbed in the body, you may have trouble sleeping.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Help to Manage Sleep Disorders and Insomnia
A dislocation of a vertebra along your upper cervical spine can often lead to inflammation which contributes to your sleep issues. Once we correct it, your body’s neural pathways are re-established again. This correction and rebalance of your neural pathways restore the body’s standard hormonal response mechanism. It also aids in balancing your sleep hormone levels, i.e., melatonin. This is why upper cervical chiropractic may be the right option to help alleviate or eliminate your symptoms of sleep disorder and insomnia.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Works for Sleep Disorders & Insomnia
The association of sleep disorders with problems in atlas vertebrae is a significant cause of concern. If this vertebra is moved even by a millimeter, it can cause drastic effects on your health. Hence, it is essential to maintain your spinal health and contact a chiropractor if you have a history of head and neck trauma and are experiencing symptoms such as sleep disturbances, dizziness, and neck pain.
The upper cervical chiropractic approach in treating sleep disorders and insomnia revolves around using precise chiropractic adjustments to alleviate neck pain and treat any subluxations or dislocations of the cervical vertebrae.
The first step to upper cervical chiropractic is to ascertain whether subluxation is the cause of insomnia. This can be determined by a series of radiological imaging such as X-rays, CT scans, etc. At LIV Chiropractic we perform a thermographic scan. This helps us detect any irritation along your spine. The irritation (or inflammation) tells us which vertebrae is out of alignment and contributing to your sleep issues.
The next step is to formulate a plan regarding the adjustments of the vertebrae. The chiropractor will decide how many millimeters to move the vertebrae and move about without damaging the underlying structures. These adjustments will lead to restoring the upper cervical to its natural position.
Chiropractors are specially trained to make gentle and precise adjustments to maintain your spinal anatomy’s integrity. One of the significant differences between upper cervical chiropractic and traditional chiropractic adjustments is that there is no popping, twisting, and cracking of bones. This gentler approach helps ease anxiety and improve physical results.
Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic Care and Sleep Disorders
Do chiropractors help with insomnia and sleep disorders?
Yes. Chiropractors alleviate stress in many ways without using drugs. Instead, they make minor adjustments to your spine and bones. These adjustments will lead to muscle relaxation and improve neuronal pathways.
How does subluxation adjustment treat insomnia?
Subluxation adjustment can help with insomnia by balancing serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, which leads to sleep improvement.
Can upper cervical chiropractic treat insomnia caused by reasons other than subluxation?
Upper cervical chiropractic is more beneficial for insomnia and sleep disorders caused by the subluxation and inflammation around the cervical spine. However, it may improve sleep in some other conditions like hormone imbalances and so on.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Sleep Disorders & Insomnia
Upper cervical chiropractors correct your spinal misalignments. The main sites that upper cervical chiropractors focus on are the first and second cervical vertebrae, called atlas and axis. LIV Chiropractic Center is able to help alleviate any inflammation that may be contributing to your ability to sleep; as well as improve your overall health.