• Dr. Rob Thiry

How your chiropractor can also offer sleep relief


If you can't seem to get a good night's sleep, there's some good news. Booking a visit with me as your chiropractor won’t just soothe your achy back — it may also improve the quality of your shuteye.


While chiropractors generally aren’t thought of as being experts on sleep issues, one-third of people who have a chiropractic adjustment report that they experience immediate sleep improvement.


That’s the conclusion from an article posted by the National Sleep Foundation (www.sleep.org)


Is this treatment right for you? If it’s pain that’s keeping you awake — whether it's back pain, neck pain or headaches — then maybe. Chiropractic care helps alleviate discomfort and improve relaxation and blood flow. So if a lower backache is what's causing you to toss and turn, then it may be worth a visit. But if it is, say, anxiety that’s keeping you up, then you’re better off finding a different type of specialist, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist.


Not only can a chiropractor diagnose and treat spinal problems to relieve discomfort, but he or she can also offer suggestions for getting better sleep. Your chiropractor may tell you which particular sleep position is best for you (most chiropractors discourage snoozing on your stomach) and whether a chiropractic pillow or a more supportive mattress might be the key to ending your restless nights.


Intrigued? Luckily, chiropractic visits are covered by most health insurance plans, so there’s no harm in finding out whether the treatment works for you—especially if you’re someone who prefers natural treatments to medication.


The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. As the global voice for sleep health, National Sleep Foundation's priority goals are to ensure that sleep is used as a vital sign of health by medical professionals and the public.

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