Chiropractic Care for Anxiety
You will no doubt have heard of chiropractic therapies being used for a range of physical health conditions, from helping with injuries to long term pain conditions. However, many people do not realize that chiropractic can also be good for your mental health. Anxiety is a common condition that our chiropractors come across, so here are some ways chiropractic could work for you.
Anxiety disorders in the USA
Anxiety covers a wide range of symptoms, which can range from mild to severe, and it’s characterized by feeling uneasy, worried, or stressed for long periods, sometimes leading to panic attacks. If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone. It is the most common mental illness in the USA, affecting just over 18% of adults in any given year.
The causes of anxiety
There are many different types of anxiety, all with their own different causes, and they can affect you in different ways. Some of the most common include:
• GAD – generalized anxiety disorder – a pattern of worrying about many different issues on a day to day basis, usually over several months
• Phobias – which can be triggered by many different objects or situations
• Panic disorder – an anxiety disorder which leads to regular panic attacks, seemingly without a specific trigger
• Social anxiety – a fear of interacting with people in different ways, from eating in public to giving speeches or small talk
How chiropractic can help with anxiety
Chiropractic is often used by people with anxiety as a complementary treatment, so while they may still be taking prescription medication, they can also use chiropractic to help with the symptoms of anxiety.
Chiropractic generally helps with your physical health, which is closely connected to your mental health. If you are stressed, tired, or suffering from chronic pain, your anxiety will likely become more and more difficult to manage. You may find you need increasing amounts of medication to deal with your everyday symptoms, which can make you feel worse. Chiropractic can help by providing a natural alternative to medication, and by tackling the physical symptoms of your anxiety, so over time, you can take fewer pills.
Lowering blood pressure
High blood pressure is closely linked to anxiety, and chiropractic has been shown to lower blood pressure, which can mean less anxiety in your life. Sessions of chiropractic can leave you feeling relaxed and can help if you have trouble managing stress. There are even studies showing that spinal misalignment can be linked to high blood pressure so that a simple manipulation could make a big difference to your anxiety symptoms.
If you are searching for a different way to manage your anxiety, then you may want to consider some sessions of chiropractic. It is often used by anxiety sufferers, whether they have physical symptoms such as pain or high blood pressure or not. If you are interested in learning more about treating anxiety with chiropractic therapies, contact Icon Medical today, and we can find you an appointment with a practitioner.