Chiropractic Care Is a Natural Way to Manage Anxiety

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Anxiety is something that many people suffer from, and it is characterized by feelings of constant worry, fear or confusion, inability to relax, upset stomach, poor concentration, physical weakness, muscle tension, and more.  More than 18 percent of people today suffer from anxiety disorders, including adults and children alike.  Anxiety disorders are widespread, yet often not discussed.  If left untreated, anxiety, depression, or panic attacks could lead to dangerous situations, but some people choose to not take medication because of possible side effects.  Medications for anxiety can cause insomnia, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, weight gain, fatigue, and so on.  With such a list of side effects, it’s no wonder some people don’t want medication for anxiety.  But no one should have to suffer through feelings of anxiety.  Chiropractic care is a natural way to manage anxiety without harmful prescription medication.

A Mind and Body Connection

To really understand how a Bentonville chiropractor can help ease anxiety, you must first understand the mind-body connection.  Our brain directly controls how our body acts and responds to certain situations.  For example, emotional exhaustion can lead to physical sickness or stressful situations can make us physically ill.  There is a direct connection between our emotional well-being and our physical health.  Reducing pain and discomfort in our body while boosting the central nervous system can significantly reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

Spinal Misalignments Contribute To Anxiety

A primary function of the central nervous system is to regulate and control hormones in the body.  Hormonal imbalances can affect our sleep patterns, moods, weight, and so much more.  Imbalances also contribute to the stress, anxiety, and depression people feel.  Because the spine is a major part of the central nervous system, misalignments of the spine can interrupt hormone balance.  Regular adjustments from a Bentonville chiropractor will allow proper hormone function and cause a reduction of anxiety and stress.

Chiropractic Care Has Been Proven To Help

Chiropractic care has been shown to significantly reduce both anxiety and high blood pressure, which is often linked to anxiety.  Studies have shown the effectiveness of this natural way to manage anxiety.  One such study of a 52-year-old woman suffering from frequent panic attacks was on anxiety medication and tranquilizers. After an examination, it was discovered she had several vertebrae that were out of alignment and stuck. She received frequent adjustments and saw a decrease in panic attacks.  She was also able to reduce her anxiety medication by half the previous dosage.  After two months of chiropractic care, she was completely free of panic attacks.  Another study of 21 people with high blood pressure showed significant decreases in blood pressure rates following chiropractic care.

If you know someone suffering from anxiety or you personally suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, or high blood pressure, seek care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.



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Yates, R.G., Lamping, D.L., Abram, N.L., Wright, C. “Effects of Chiropractic Treatment on Blood Pressure and Anxiety: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1988 Dec; 11(6): 484-488.