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 […]

Stress Research

You’ve always been told to “reduce the stress in your life” because it can be detrimental to your health to sustain high levels of stress on a consistent basis. According to a study done by the AADA, “Compared to the low-stress group, both the moderate and the high-stress groups showed excess mortality …” Stress is not only unpleasant to deal with on a regular basis but is also important for a healthy life.

Stress and the Nervous System

The nervous system is responsible for all of the vital functions in the body and one of those vital functions is the management of stress. More precisely, the nervous system produces testosterone during its fight-or-flight response. Arousal from an experience or within mental thought patterns can cause the adrenal glands to release the cortisol hormone, which is released when you’re stressed.

The nervous system has two primary forms of operation: the sympathetic nervous response (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic response (rest and digest).

When the body activates the parasympathetic mode of the nervous system, the body calms down and has an improved capacity to heal the body. When the nervous system is in a sympathetic state, it has to shut down other systems in the body in order to allocate more resources to deal with the “fight or flight” situation it has been presented with.

When exposed to stress continuously, the “stress hormone” known as cortisol, continues to enter the system, which causes adrenal fatigue and other internal organs begin to deplete resources and progressively weaken in functionality. It also causes the body to store more fat, which leads to more health concerns.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Reduce Stress

A Lithia Springs chiropractor has the ability to beneficially affect almost every part of the body. Dr. Ronnie Bolar, when helping practice members at Vital Life Chiropractic, […]