You probably know someone who has been experiencing anxiety-related symptoms such as insomnia or other sleep issues, muscle tension, constant worry and fear, nervousness, trouble concentrating, and feelings of desperation. Or perhaps you’re the one in this situation and can’t figure out how to manage these symptoms of anxiety. You’re not alone.
Research shows that 18 percent of American adults suffer from anxiety disorders and mental stress. That’s a whopping 40 million American adults suffering from mental health issues. It’s perfectly normal to experience short-term mental stress when dealing with your day-to-day life challenges. However, when you find yourself dealing with persistent stress with debilitating, recurring symptoms, then yours is a more chronic problem that needs intervention.
Fortunately, people are increasingly turning to chiropractic care to help relieve these anxiety-related symptoms and are having success. So, if you’ve been seeking a more natural and holistic approach to managing stress and anxiety, then chiropractic care can help.
Here are five ways chiropractic can help manage and treat stress and anxiety:
Once you understand that your physical and mental health are intrinsically connected, the options for improving your overall health and well-being become limitless. And this is why chiropractic care is uniquely positioned as a holistic treatment option that treats your body as a whole without the harsh side effects of anti-anxiety drugs.
One of the most common symptoms of stress is tightness or soreness in the joints and muscles. Keep in mind that your muscles and joints are essential for mobility and have a huge impact on your musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Usually, with tissue manipulation, massage therapy, and spinal adjustment, a licensed chiropractor can realign your spinal column, bring muscle tension relief, and improve your overall health and well-being.
Chiropractic care is a unique approach to relieving muscle tension, helping with nerve flow to organs, and aligning your spine. The result is a state of restored mobility in the joints and a deep state of relaxation, which allows for the healing of anxiety-related symptoms such as headaches, muscle spasms, and sleep problems.
Spinal misalignments and subluxations affect your body’s neurological function, which can lead to the release of stress hormones if not addressed. This means your anxiety disorder symptoms are likely to become severe and long-lasting. Regular chiropractic visits can help restore your neurological function, thereby decreasing the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments can increase the levels of feel-good hormones like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin— providing pain relief while elevating your mood.
Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms of anxiety and stress. However, it’s also worth noting that when your body doesn’t get enough rest, your anxiety-related symptoms become worse. Since chiropractic adjustments help decrease your body’s stress hormone— cortisol, bring muscle relaxation, and provide pain relief, then you can enjoy a better sleep cycle with regular chiropractic visits.
A recent study shows that chiropractic treatment can significantly lower high blood pressure, with no side effects. Since high blood pressure has been associated with increased stress levels, chiropractic care can help deal with this particular problem.