Anxiety has become more commonly diagnosed in recent years. Currently, over 40 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition. Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stressful thoughts, feelings, or situations. While everyone does experience anxiety from time to time, continued feelings of apprehension that last longer than six months and interfere with an individual’s quality life, qualify as diagnosable anxiety.
If not treated, the condition can worsen over time. Individuals living with longstanding anxiety may stop participating or enjoying activities they once liked and can become debilitated by the daily stress. Anxiety is also a highly variable condition that can manifest in multiple forms, such as panic disorder, phobias, PTSD, separation anxiety, and more.
Symptoms and Causes
Anxiety does not always present the same symptoms in every case, therefore, it is important for individuals to be aware of how they feel, and what possible signs could be pointing to a struggle with long-term anxiety.
- Increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feelings of danger, panic, or dread
- Heavy sweating
- Digestive complications (gas, constipation, diarrhea)
The cause of anxiety is often a unique combination of genetics, brain chemistry, stress load, and lifestyle factors. However, a major gap that currently exists surrounding anxiety is the lack of recognition between mental and physical conditions. The body is highly intertwined, where physical health impacts mental health, and mental health impacts physical health.
How is Anxiety Commonly Treated?
The majority of medical practitioners treat anxiety through therapy and prescription medications like tricyclics, benzodiazepines, or anti-depressants. While these two are not inherently bad or unsuccessful, this course of treatment lacks a holistic approach to the condition. Anxiety is a complex issue and often falls short of true healing without a comprehensive treatment plan.
To properly address anxiety, areas like stress management, physical health, diet, relaxation methods, and support networks need to be examined. Chiropractic care takes a mind-body approach to anxiety, adjusting both physical and emotional elements.
How Chiropractic Care Helps
With a holistic approach, Reinhardt Chiropractic seeks to find the right combination of care to make a direct impact on the lives of individuals struggling with anxiety. We help our patients make dietary changes, develop better physical exercise habits, discover effective stress management possibilities, and generate ways to find the right support networks.
When addressing the body’s physical health, the spine plays an important role in the overall wellbeing of an individual, including their mental health. By ensuring proper spine health we may be able to help reset many negative components associated with anxiety.
- Lower blood pressure
- Trigger positive hormones (neurotensin, oxytocin)
- Help promote sleep
- Encourage relaxation
- Decrease Cortisol (Stress hormone)
Ways we treat anxiety include:
Denver’s Best Chiropractic Care for Anxiety
Through a combination of treatments, exercises, and lifestyle adjustments, Dr. Reinhardt and his team can help alleviate your struggle with anxiety. Schedule an appointment today to start healing!