- Not sleeping well?
- Find yourself constantly going over situations in your head?
- Avoiding new situations or find yourself becoming overwhelmed?
- Worried about upcoming exams, presentations, or events?
- Worried about your health or a family members’ health?
These feelings, among many others, are symptoms of anxiety and if you suffer from them, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (AADA), over 40 million Americans are affected by chronic anxiety. This makes anxiety one of the most widespread but least spoken about conditions in America.
Your body and mind are intrinsically connected, and this connection is a large part of the anxious or nervous state of being. Assessing and dealing with any misalignments or trauma within these connections and in the spine is at the heart of chiropractic care. By treating your body as a whole, chiropractic can help relieve the symptoms and target the root cause of any disruption in the nervous system.
The Body-Mind Connection
Many people think of anxiety as something that only has its roots in the mind, but the more we think of the body and mind as a singular unit, the more we can understand the connection between them.
Recent research is confirming that what occurs in the body, whether it be a negative or positive stimulus, has a direct link to our brain function. Dr. John Bargh of Yale University describes the conclusion of his research by saying, “Our minds are deeply and organically linked to our bodies”
It is no coincidence, then, that when treating practice members, chiropractors have found that levels of stress and anxiety often go down.
By correcting any misalignments in the spine, the information highway between the brain and body, any triggers to anxiety located in the body can be identified and corrected.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
One great example of how chiropractic care has significant effects can be seen in a study done to measure the effectiveness of chiropractic in treating both anxiety and blood pressure issues.
Patients suffering from elevated blood pressure and anxiety were assessed, then given specific adjustments by an experienced chiropractor, and then they were compared to individuals with the same issues who were given a control treatment.
It was found that patients felt a significant decrease in anxiety following chiropractic treatment and that their blood pressure reduced significantly following chiropractic treatment.
As everyone who struggles with anxiety knows, there can be many triggers to anxiety or stress. Utilizing expert chiropractic care can not only help to treat anxiety but can also return your body and nervous system to a state where it is more equipped to deal with the triggers that come up in day to day life.
Our team at Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte takes great pride in offering our community an approach that effectively treats their bodies and minds as one. When considering treatment for anxiety, chiropractic may not be your first thought, but as time goes on, more people are realizing how a “whole body” approach can be effective in treating and alleviating anxiety.
If you would like to find out more about how chiropractic care can help your anxiety or stress levels, don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule a visit with our team at Greater Life Chiropractic.
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