Many of my younger patients come to see me because they are experiencing chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue is when you have ongoing exhaustion and tiredness no matter how much sleep you get at night. In addition to feeling tired, you may also experience symptoms like:
- Difficulty concentrating during the day
- Poor memory
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Aches and pains in your body
The big issue with chronic fatigue is that getting more sleep doesn’t fix the symptoms. It’s not actually a sign that you aren’t getting enough sleep at night; it’s a sign that some part of your body is not functioning correctly.
How Chiropractic Care Works
Chiropractic care is a natural way to restore your health, relieve your pain, and improve function throughout your body. When your body is at its best, your joints are able to move freely and your spine is in alignment. This makes it possible for your nervous system to function properly. But when you carry too much stress or your joints and spine get misaligned, it can prevent your nervous system from doing its job.
As a chiropractor, what I do is help get your body back into proper alignment so that all of the parts can move and function well together. When you get a chiropractic adjustment, it can relieve your chronic aches and pains. This then reduces the stress and tension in your body and enables your body to repair itself. All of these factors combined can help you get high-quality rest at night and reduce your chronic fatigue symptoms.
Four Causes of Chronic Fatigue
What I’ve found through my experience is that there are four main causes of chronic fatigue which can be summed up as follows:
1. Pain interrupting your sleep
When your spine is out of alignment, it causes aches and pains. Most people think that getting a good night’s sleep will relieve this pain, but what actually happens is that the pain prevents your body from getting the rest it needs.
If you’ve ever been told that you toss and turn in your sleep, or if you wake up a few times per night for seemingly no reason, it could be your body is trying to handle areas of pain. Lack of deep, restful sleep can lead to chronic fatigue unless you get it handled with chiropractic adjustments.
2. Adrenal fatigue
Your adrenal glands are responsible for producing certain hormones that regulate a few important body functions, such as:
- Fight or flight response
- Immune system response
- Blood pressure
When your body is in pain for long periods of time, or if you experience lots of stress, your adrenal glands can get stressed out and exhausted. This can lead to chronic fatigue, and it can also lead to issues with your thyroid because your adrenal glands and thyroid gland work together. Chiropractic adjustments combined with adrenal and thyroid support (via supplements) can correct this issue and get you feeling energized again.
3. Spinal misalignment
If you have chronic fatigue without experiencing body aches and pains, you likely have a spinal misalignment issue but don’t know it! Many of us rely on aches and pains to be a gauge as to how well our spine is doing. This of course is not a good gauge! Please consider this fact that body aches and pains, when they show up, are the last phase of body dysfunction, not the first. So, everything in your body is connected in some way, and your body parts communicate with each other via your central nervous system. When your spine is misaligned, that communication can get delayed or stopped.
This means that some parts of your body may be in pain every night, and that pain is preventing you from getting restful sleep—even if you don’t feel it. Getting your spine into proper alignment will help resolve these communication issues and help you get proper rest.
This last one seems obvious: if you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep, of course you’ll be fatigued. But did you know that insomnia can also be a sign that your spine is out of alignment? As mentioned above, a misaligned spine can delay or stop the communication between your body parts via your central nervous system. It can also lead to stress, tension, and pain. All of these issues can lead to trouble falling asleep or staying asleep: insomnia. Chiropractic adjustments can help get your spine into alignment and relieve those symptoms so you can get a good night’s sleep.
Visit Mattingly Chiropractic to Get Rid of Chronic Fatigue
You don’t have to just “deal with” being tired all the time. If you’re suffering from chronic fatigue, set up an appointment at my office. I can help you get your spine back into alignment and improve your body’s overall health and function. I can also take care of your chronic pains with Pressure Point Therapy, which is a simple technique to relieve pain and tension in key points of your body.
Call us at (314) 635-1008 to schedule your appointment today.