Supporting healthy neurotransmitter levels can positively affect mental health (including depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder), sleeplessness and possibly minimize curve progression.
Neurotransmitters. It’s a big word, and one that describes an incredibly important piece of your body functioning at an optimal level. Neurotransmitters provide the link that allows different parts of the brain to communicate with each other. They transform the electrical signals coming from the brain into chemicals that have a specific purpose in your body. The most commonly talked about neurotransmitters – especially as it refers to the treatment of scoliosis – are serotonin, norepinephrine and histamine, all of which play an important role in overall brain/body function.
When discussing the treatment of scoliosis as well as the progression of scoliosis, neurotransmitter deficiencies and potential imbalances may play a critical role in idiopathic scoliosis.
How do neurotransmitter deficiencies and imbalances affect adolescent and adult scoliosis?
As the key communicators between brain and body, neurotransmitter health can affect your whole body as well as the curve itself. Neurotransmitters work together to form specific patterns that influence postural control, mood, anxiety and sleep cycles. When these transmitters are either completely missing, or severely lacking, your body does not respond in the way it should.
When you have scoliosis, data shows that there are very specific patterns that lack the proper communication between your brain and spinal cord. Research conducted and published by the doctors at ScoliSMART have identified three separate patterns of neurotransmitter imbalances related to scoliosis. Specifically, elevated levels of both norepinephrine and histamine, as well as decreased levels of serotonin contribute to curve progression.
In addition, current data collection suggests that a specific range of neurotransmitter imbalances may be associated with severe scoliosis curve progression almost 85% of the time.
Supporting healthy neurotransmitter levels may be essential in helping to prevent scoliosis curve progression.
What neurotransmitter deficiencies affect mental health?
Neurotransmitter imbalances are also found in mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, and can contribute to insomnia.
Serotonin and norepinephrine are two important, and commonly talked about neurotransmitters.
- Low serotonin can cause depression and anxiety, as well as sleep disorders because of its inability to convert to melatonin, which is essential to sleep.
- High levels of norepinephrine can contribute to increased anxiety.
Imbalances in both of these neurotransmitters are often found in patients with idiopathic scoliosis, and contribute specifically to mood disorders. Medical treatment is common for people showing signs of mood disorders that include depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Yet medical options, like antidepressants for example, stimulate serotonin receptors but do not increase serotonin levels or improve norepinephrine levels. This option is mildly effective for many, and can include side effects such as weight gain, brain fog and low energy.
Sleeplessness is another common challenge. Sleeping pills are a commonly recommended answer to this problem, yet they do not increase melatonin production (which is needed for sleep) and can be addictive.
When you have scoliosis, it’s almost as if your body is fighting two “battles” because of the same problem of neurotransmitter deficiencies or imbalances; your adolescent is going through the “normal” changes that come with puberty, or you may be experiencing changes associated with aging. At the same time, imbalanced neurotransmitters may be contributing to the physical changes in your spinal cord through curve progression.
Have you noticed your daughter’s mood change since being diagnosed with scoliosis? Or as an adult living with scoliosis, have you found yourself considering medication for anxiety or depression? Supporting healthy neurotransmitter levels, especially when you have scoliosis, can positively impact you or your child’s mental health.
Promoting healthy neurotransmitter levels not only improves your mental health, but may identify risk of scoliosis curve progression and may improve your response to scoliosis treatment.
What’s the solution to balancing your neurotransmitter levels?
Neurotransmitter deficiencies and imbalances may be a significant part of the scoliosis condition, not only affecting curve progression, but also contributing to anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. One solution is utilizing appropriate nutrient therapies to encourage healthy neurotransmitter levels.
The expert doctors at ScoliSMART have developed scientifically-tested nutrient therapies that will provide the appropriate support for healthy neurotransmitter levels. In fact, in one clinical outcome study, 100% of patients undergoing neurotransmitter nutrient therapies outperformed all of the patients who completed the same program without neurotransmitter nutrient therapies.
Options that include specific genetic and neurotransmitter testing are also incredibly informative. These tests may help to identify you or your child’s risk for scoliosis curve progression, and provide additional direction for specific nutrient therapy options.
In addition, ScoliSMART has developed an all-natural, non-addictive solution to support you or your child’s optimal neurotransmitter levels. Scoliosis NT Support increases serotonin and melatonin levels that help with mood disorders and sleeplessness, and provides a norepinephrine balance that can help with you or your child’s anxiety. This option is recommended for all patients with idiopathic scoliosis with symptoms of neurotransmitter imbalances, or as advised through neurotransmitter testing.
The connection is clear. When you properly support healthy neurotransmitter levels, you will improve you or your child’s mental health, get more sleep and prevent curve progression. Ensure that you are treating your whole scoliosis condition and not only the curve!
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