Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the United States. Every year, it affects the lives of almost one-fifth of our population – just over 40 million adults.
The effects of anxiety vary from person to person. Regardless of how anxiety manifests in the individual, the symptoms that range from mild to severe have a critical impact on those experiencing the anxiety and those around them.
Chiropractic care tends to anxiety, fostering symptom relief and overall alleviation by approaching clients holistically. The chiropractor observes the mind and body as a cooperative unit to determine what is causing stress and tension in the body or in the mind. By looking at both body and mind, chiropractic care for anxiety yields long-lasting results for some of the worst bouts of anxiety.
Before we get into the specifics of chiropractic care for anxiety, let’s make sure we understand what anxiety is.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a nervous disorder characterized by feelings of worry, uneasiness or hopelessness. A defining cause of anxiety is unknown; multiple factors including environment, brain chemistry and emotional trauma might play a part in whether someone suffers from anxiety and how severely.
Is anxiety in the mind or the body?
Anxiety is characterized as a nervous disorder, often placing it solely in the category of the mind. However, our brains are intricately connected to our bodies, as evidenced by the physical manifestations of anxiety symptoms:
Improving the health of the body naturally improves the health of the mind. Many important hormones are released in the gut, digestion plays a large role in mood stabilization and when patients are not really to delves into the emotional depths that might be triggering anxiety, nourishing and balancing the body offers an alternative approach to healing the mind.
What can chiropractors do for anxiety?
Chiropractic care can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety, which include tension headaches, weakness, back pain and stiff necks. The spine and neck connect the nerves throughout your body. If these areas are experiencing pain, a chiropractor can help to relieve it.
A chiropractor can also work on mending these areas to improve overall physical and mental function. By cleaning the space that transports important neural messages throughout the body, holistic internal communication is possible. This communication helps remedy imbalances in the body, thereby reducing the impact and possibly even the presence of anxiety.
What type of chiropractic care will I receive for anxiety?
The type of chiropractic care administered for anxiety depends on the person and the symptoms being experienced. The chiropractor will evaluate your symptoms of anxiety in the context of your current health, lifestyle, diet, job, injuries and any other external factors that might be at play.
To treat anxiety, a chiropractor might suggest a change in your diet, an improvement to your exercise routine or regularly schedule adjustments. The chiropractor will work with you to reduce your symptoms as naturally as possible. In some cases, it might be at the chiropractor’s suggestion that you seek additional counseling or see a professional who can prescribe necessary medication. It is important to continue chiropractic care as you heal from anxiety or learn to live with anxiety, as the mind and body are intimately connected and relying on one another so you can operate optimally and live your healthiest, happiest life.
Are you suffering from anxiety or are worried about a loved one who is experiencing anxiety?
Luxxey Chiropractic in Tempe is open to hearing about what is ailing you and helping you understand which chiropractic methods can help. Healing through chiropractic care is a safe and holistic way to take the reigns of your life. Reach out to our team to learn more about our office, our chiropractors and to schedule an appointment to start your healing, today.