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Posted on 02-16-2017

Our Chiropractor in Batavia, IL Can Help You Find Relief from Your Seasonal Affective Disorder

Wintertime in Illinois can be hard to anyone, but it's especially challenging for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Dr. Jack Sharratt, your local chiropractor in Batavia, offers a variety of non-invasive and drug-free services that can help manage your SAD symptoms and maximize your quality of life no matter what time of year. 

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How Do I Know If I Have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) actually types of depression that occurs during specific times of year--typically, from fall to the end of winter. The cause remains unclear, contributing factors may include decreased levels of serotonin (neurotransmitter important for mood) and melatonin (hormone important for sleep) and disrupted circadian rhythm (also known as the biological clock). 

So, how do you know if you have SAD? You may be diagnosed by a doctor if you exhibit several of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Decreased energy
  • Increased irritability
  • A feeling of "heaviness" in the legs and arms
  • Increased food cravings, especially for carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Interpersonal and relationship problems
  • Oversleeping

It's important to remember that SAD may also present with symptoms of major depression. If you've been diagnosed with depression or are having difficulties with your mood, it's important to speak with your doctor.

Can Chiropractic Care Really Help Treat SAD?

Dr. Sharratt combines best-practice techniques and extensive clinical skills to create individualized treatment programs that can help relieve SAD symptoms. If you're affected by SAD, your treatment plan may include:

  • Chiropractic Adjustments - These can act as a "reset" for your central nervous system and improve the efficiency of neural communication throughout the body, which may increase energy flow and help regulate hormone and neurotransmitter production.
     
  • Massage - This therapy is known to promote relaxation, stress-relief, and a general sense of wellness.
     
  • Supplementation and Clinical Nutritional Counseling - Many disorders of the mind and body are related to nutritional deficiencies, which are common in our modern day society. By addressing these deficiencies through the use of nutritional counseling and supplementation of certain vitamins and minerals, optimal wellness can be restored. 
     
  • Applied Kinesiology - This is a branch of alternative medicine that assesses and addresses the relationship of your physical body and the health of your internal organs. Dr. Sharratt can perform specialized tests that can help pinpoint certain areas within the body that may be weakened or damaged due to a variety of factors, including stress caused by SAD. 
     

Do You Need A Helping Hand This Winter Season? Reclaim Your Health with Help from Our Batavia Chiropractor

For people who are living with SAD, their struggles are much more complicated than just "feeling the winter blues." Dr. Jack Sharratt, a chiropractor in Batavia, IL for almost 20 years, has deep compassion for his patients and is honored to offer services that are non-invasive, drug-free, and "whole-person" focused. If you have SAD or are simply looking for a natural way to improve your well-being this winter, contact Dr. Jack Sharratt today at (630) 406-8088.

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