When you think of chiropractic care, most people think about back, neck and other types of pain. And it’s true that pain management is an integral part of our practice at Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness. But there’s much more to what we do than chiropractic manipulation designed to ease pain. We’re committed to helping our patients achieve optimum health. That means we’ll discuss exercise, diet and more. We’ll also look to give you lifestyle advice. But can chiropractic care extend to helping patients feel more mentally fit? Are there elements of what we do that will help ease anxiety?
Total Chiropractic Can Help You Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle
Total Chiropractic wants our patients to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. We tailor our treatment plans to fit all of our patients’ individual needs. Very often that plan is designed for pain management, but we understand how the benefits of chiropractic care can stretch into many areas of life. We also want our patients to have as much information as possible about their treatment, so we want to tell you about the relationship between anxiety and chiropractic care.
All About Anxiety and Chiropractic
Anxiety is a very common disorder that affects 40 million American adults, which makes up 18 percent of the population, according to Chiropractic Economic Magazine. People who suffer from anxiety attacks can have symptoms such as shortness of breath, sweating, dry mouth, heart palpitations and uncontrollable shaking. In serious cases, anxiety patients have thoughts of suicide and patients who are considering taking their lives or harming themselves should consult a mental health professional right away.
The most common forms of treatment for anxiety involve behavior modifications such as therapy or meditation techniques or prescription psychiatric medications, according to Chiropractic Economic. The downside of these medications, which are usually either benzodiazepines or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is that they have some serious side effects including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, upset stomach, fatigue, insomnia, nausea and sexual dysfunction.
Chiropractic For Anxiety Success Story
One of the benefits of chiropractic care is that it offers solutions that go beyond things like invasive surgery or potentially harmful medications. There are indications that chiropractic care can help with anxiety. In fact, yoga is a great practice to relieve everyday stress, anxiety and it also helps ward off depression.
According to a 1993 case study in the ACA Journal of Chiropractic, a patient who had seen no symptom changes after undergoing therapy saw her blood pressure drop from 182/102 mm and a pulse of 120 beats per minute to 140/80 mm, with a pulse of 76 beats per minute following chiropractic care. She also stopped having panic attacks for two months.
An article published in the October 2016 issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, a patient suffering from panic withdrawal started to see a reduction of her symptoms in six weeks and an end to her panic disorder in 14 weeks after undergoing chiropractic care.
And according to the website, To Your Health, a study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, children were significantly less likely to report any symptoms of depression, anxiety or pain interference following a trial of chiropractic care.
Total Chiropractic Can Help Many Health Issues
If you feel your anxiety may be related to your back or neck pain issues, tell Total Chiropractic. We care about all of your health issues and chiropractic may be able to save you from medication. Contact us today.