If you suffer from seasonal affective disorder, known as SAD for short, your doctor may have prescribed treatments such as light therapy or antidepressant medications. However, there are other treatment options available.
Massage and chiropractic adjustments are also effective ways of treating many of the symptoms associated with SAD and other forms of seasonal depression.
Massage Away the Winter Blues
Shorter days, a lack of sunlight and chilly temperatures can lead people to feel depressed and low-energy during the winter months. While SAD is recognized as a major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns, an even larger portion of the population is impacted by another seasonal mood disorder known simply as the winter blues.
Bodywork such as massage is designed to relieve many of the symptoms that are common in people who struggle with depression and other issues, such as tension and fatigue, during the long winter months. Massage can help by boosting the immune system as well as:
- Improving a patient’s mood.
- Resetting circadian rhythms.
- Boosting energy levels.
- Increasing quality of sleep.
Massage has also been shown to lead to a rise in serotonin levels which can , in turn,improve mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning.
In addition, regular massage treatments can lower a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure, remove toxins, stimulate nerve endings and improve circulation. Massage therapy can also stimulate and release endorphins, which create feelings of calmness, focus and euphoria – perfect for combatting another dreary winter day.
Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help Combat Seasonal Depression
The symptoms associated with SAD and other seasonal depressions typically fall under the category of stress, which is a major trigger for vertebral subluxations, also known as a misaligned spine. If your spine is out of alignment, it can be even more challenging to exercise or get a good night’s sleep. It can also have a negative effect on your mood.
Chiropractic adjustments can realign your spine, improve spinal mobility and release endorphins in the body. A properly aligned spine can alleviate neck and back pain and also help patients sleep better, decrease irritability and increase energy. In short, it helps improve the patient’s mood.
Beyond chiropractic and massage treatments, other ways patients can combat the symptoms associated with SAD include:
- Spending more time outside to absorb sunlight.
- Increasing their level of physical activity by exercising more.
- Eating a healthier diet.
In addition to the shortage of sunlight and warmth, the holidays also occur when days are shortest. Many of us are overwhelmed by the demands of family, finances and trying to cram in too much during a few short weeks. It’s enough to make anyone stressed out!
By taking time for self-care through massage or chiropractic treatments you should experience a noticeable decrease in your stress levels, allowing you to better enjoy the winter months. With the right treatment plan, it is possible to remain positive even when the days are at their shortest. If you are suffering from winter-related depression, call and make an appointment with Dr. Cait today.