The Case for Chiropractic Against Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Anxiety and panic attacks are all too common for tens of millions of Americans. Anxiety conditions may manifest with no identifiable source, causing mental and even physical anguish for sufferers. To make matters worse, mental health stigmas make far too many people too ashamed to seek treatment for their condition. Those that do often seek psychological treatments that may rely on prescription drugs.
Recent data has turned up a surprising prospect for anxiety sufferers outside of the normal courses of action, however. Chiropractic may be a surprisingly effective treatment for anxiety and panic attacks! Because of the spine’s role in regulating your central nervous system, ensuring vertebrae are properly aligned can directly impact your mental health and processes, says one study.
The link between your physical spine health and your mental wellness is generally understood by chiropractors already. For many patients, a chiropractor may have the solution they’re looking for in terms of peace of mind. At Elevation Clinic in Salt Lake City, UT, our goal is total health. We aim to help you explore relief from anxiety by first helping you achieve spinal wellness.
The critical link between mind and body
What causes anxiety is different for everyone, however symptoms typically manifest in the same way. It starts with fear and escalates from there, with symptoms such as the following:
- Dry mouth;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Shortness of breath;
- High blood pressure;
- Thoughts of self-harm and suicide.
Traditionally, psychiatric drugs have been prescribed to treat anxiety. However, these are often accompanied by nasty side effects including fatigue, nausea, sexual dysfunction, and upset stomach.
It turns out that many of the symptoms listed above could also be related to nerve compression in the spine. The cervical, thoracic, and lumbar (upper, middle, and lower) spine act as conduits for nerve signals that are sent from the brain throughout the body. Whenever these aren’t functioning properly, you can see negative side effects across the body, from chronic fatigue to hip pain. And, more relevantly, in how the brain processes panic.
Chiropractic for spinal relief and mental wellness
As a natural, safe, relatively cost-effective treatment, chiropractic may help patients on the road to mental wellness by first addressing their physical wellness. When subluxations (misalignments) in the spinal vertebrae are corrected, the effects can be incredible. For example, studies have demonstrated that chiropractic has a positive effect on blood pressure. Within just a few sessions, many patients see effects ranging from increased energy, to more restful sleep, to a more relaxed, less ‘on-edge’ feeling. All of these culminate in less stress and, in turn, better mental health.
The other advantage of chiropractic over traditional medication is that it’s an individualized treatment. Instead of adjusting a generic dosage, a chiropractor will go through a diagnostic assessment of your spine and posture. This enables them to determine exactly where problems originate and how they may be impacting your mental health. Then, they’ll look at how to solve it through tailored spinal manipulation and complementary treatments.
Manage your overstimulated brain
Don’t live your life between panic attacks or anxiety outbursts. In addition to therapy, counseling or medication, consider the benefits of chiropractic. While these other approaches may treat your overstimulated mind, chiropractic ensures your spine is getting the attention it needs as well. Trust the team at Elevation Clinic in Salt Lake City, UT to help you every step of the way.
Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn about Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP): the program we use to identify spinal misalignments and treat them with precision.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.