Can Chiropractic Help My Anxiety?

With more than 18% of the adult population suffering from some sort of anxiety disorder, anxiety is ravaging the US population. Even though anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and other mental disorders can lead to a variety of other health problems and dangerous behaviors, only about a third of those with anxiety disorders are seeking some sort of treatment for their anxiety.

Most commonly, anxiety treatment includes some sort of medication and maybe counseling or talk therapy. But one main reason so few people utilize anxiety treatment is because of the risks that come with the medications. Nausea, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, memory problems, blurred vision, dry mouth, weight gain, fatigue… the list of anxiety medication side effects goes on and on.

Living with untreated anxiety is not an option for some people and those side effects don’t seem worth it, so what are you supposed to do?

Hormonal Balance Is Key

The entire body is controlled by the central nervous system. One of the primary functions of that system is to produce, regulate, and utilize hormones in our bodies. All of our hormones work together to influence our sleeping patterns, changes in mood, and weight loss or gain, and they help our bodies function properly and effectively. When your hormones are unbalanced, a myriad of issues can arise, including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and the like.

Since hormone production is based on the health of your nervous system and your spinal cord is housed in your spine, a spinal misalignment can have a huge effect on your mental health. When your spine is healthy and in proper alignment, your hormones will be produced in appropriate amounts, your body will use them effectively, and you will have an easier time keeping your emotions in check and your anxiety at a minimum.

Embrace the Mind-Body Connection

Research has shown that our minds and our bodies are connected to each other way more than we once thought. Emotional distress can take a toll on your physical health, just as physical ailments can cause mental anguish. Because of this connection, we know that when our bodies are healthier, our minds will be as well. By getting under chiropractic care and reducing your spinal misalignments, you will be taking another step toward physical health which will then lead to improved mental health.

Chiropractic Care Has Been Proven to Reduce Anxiety

Multiple studies have been done to prove that chiropractic care is an incredibly effective and safe means of treating anxiety. One woman had been dealing with panic attacks for years, despite being on various antidepressants and even tranquilizers. Upon examination, her spine showed several joint fixations (when vertebrae shift out of alignment and get stuck, leading to degeneration). During a panic attack, the woman’s blood pressure was 182/102 and her heart rate was 120 beats per minute. After an adjustment, her blood pressure would drop to 140/80 and her heart rate would drop to 76 beats per minute. After being under chiropractic care, she went 2 whole months without a panic attack, which was the longest stretch of time without one since they began.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or any sort of anxiety disorder, call Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ron Bolar today. His team at Vital Life Chiropractic will educate you on the benefits of chiropractic and he will provide life-giving adjustments at the best chiropractic clinic Lithia Springs has to offer.

 

Sources

Potthoff, S., Penwell, B., Wolf, J. “Panic Attacks and the Chiropractic Adjustment: A Case Report.” American Chiropractic Academy Journal of Chiropractic, 1993 Dec; 30: 26-28. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/panic-attacks-and-the-chiropractic-adjustment-a-case-report.html.

Yates, R.G., Lamping, D.L., Abram, N.L., Wright, C. “Effects of Chiropractic Treatment on Blood Pressure and Anxiety: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1988 Dec; 11(6): 484-488. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3075649.

 

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