Chiropractic Care for Sleep Apnea
Did you know that chiropractic care can help you sleep better at night? While this may not seem like an obvious benefit of treatment, sleeping well renews your body and improves overall quality of life.
Unfortunately, getting a good night’s rest can be easier said than done. According to a recent study, approximately 70 million people in the United States suffer from sleep difficulties.
Several conditions such as sleep apnea can cause difficulties while sleeping. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person's breathing is interrupted while sleeping. Not only can this condition disrupt your rest, it can be dangerous if you stop breathing for a prolonged period.
Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea manifests itself in three forms:
- Central sleep apnea: This type of sleep apnea is related to a malfunction in the central nervous system and occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe.
- Obstructive sleep apnea: This is the most common of the types and occurs as a result of complete or partial blockage of the air pathway during sleep.
- Complex sleep apnea: This is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Several factors can cause sleep apnea depending on the type you have. Central sleep apnea is mainly caused by instability in the respiratory control center, although the root cause is unknown in some cases. This is usually linked to an existing illness, medication, or environment.
Obstructive sleep apnea, on the other hand, is mainly caused by excess weight and obesity. Several other factors such as allergies, narrow throat, and a deviated septum can also lead to obstructive sleep apnea.
Effects of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can lead to various health problems if left untreated. Increasing evidence from various studies and doctors around the world has linked sleep apnea to serious chronic conditions such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
Because of the potential for these complications to develop, it is important to seek medical care.
Chiropractic Care for Better Sleep
While traditional medicine usually treats sleep apnea with an apparatus that you wear to sleep, chiropractic care focuses on correcting any misalignment of the vertebrae that may be contributing to your condition. At So Cal Chiropractic, Dr. Ace Thayer uses specific techniques to treat misalignments in the neck and back to ensure optimal spinal health.
The Thayer Chiropractic method balances your body by using manual adjustments to correct subluxations in the cervical region of your spine. I invite you to watch the following YouTube Playlist and see for yourself how your body can be changed forever using the Thayer Method.
Book an Appointment for Sleep Apnea Care in Costa Mesa
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Thayer at So Cal Chiropractic has 26 years of experience in treating this condition.