If you struggle with anxiety or depression, you are not alone. Approximately 40 million Americans including orthopedic surgeons have the same struggles. In fact, nearly 18% of the population admits to having an anxiety disorder.
As anxiety and depression are on the rise, people are asking themselves what can be done to help cope with these conditions. It can be surprising to learn that some are turning to chiropractic care to help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression and are having success.
Neurologically based chiropractic care takes a holistic approach to care, focusing on improving physical symptoms such as spinal misalignments to improve mental health. This natural and safe approach to whole-body health has shown promising results for mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
Let’s take a look at how chiropractic care can be beneficial for those with anxiety or depression.
What Do Anxiety and Depression Look Like?
To seek help for these conditions, you must first be able to recognize the symptoms.
While anxiety and depression can look different for everyone, physical signs of these mental health issues can include muscle stiffness or tension, an inability to rest and relax, headaches, extreme fatigue, inability to sleep, or aches and pain. Physical symptoms only add to the mental issues that come with anxiety and depression.
Chiropractic care aims to alleviate the physical symptoms to help you better cope with the mental symptoms to ease the burden and bring about some much-needed relief.
What Can Chiropractic Care Do for My Anxiety and Depression?
Here’s an in-depth look at specific ways that chiropractic care can help those who struggle with anxiety and depression.
Finding Balance Between the Mind and the Body
As with most everything in life, it’s all about balance. Balancing how the mind and bodywork together can be a key to managing anxiety and depression. Alleviating spinal misalignments ensures the body can function optimally, which in turn allows the mind to focus on what it needs to heal. It’s all about balancing spinal health, nutrition, exercise, and mental health to see what has the most positive impact on your physical and mental health.
Releases Positive Hormones
Chiropractic adjustments trigger a hormone release within the body of good hormones like oxytocin and cortisol. These hormones can have a positive effect on your overall health and wellbeing. They can reduce stress, boost feelings of social bonding, and alleviate pain from inflammation to improve your overall mental state.
Not getting the appropriate amount of sleep only exacerbates mental symptoms of anxiety and stress. With chiropractic care, sleeping is made easier as studies have shown it can improve healthy sleep patterns.
An All-Natural Solution without Side Effects
Medications that are taken for anxiety and depression can also come with unwanted side effects such as fatigue, weight gain, or insomnia. Chiropractic care is all-natural and helps reduce anxiety and depression without side effects.
Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a common side effect of anxiety and depression. Chiropractic care has been shown to lower blood pressure, proving that chiropractic care can help decrease symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. This can help those who suffer from mental health issues feel more at ease and stable as they utilize chiropractic care to manage their symptoms.
Another common side effect of anxiety and depression is muscle tension. Chiropractic care not only improves spinal health, but also musculoskeletal health to relieve muscle tightness and tension that can cause headaches and stiffness that are associated with anxiety and depression. Alleviating these painful symptoms can go a long way towards helping those with anxiety and depression find rest and relaxation.
If you or someone you love is affected by anxiety or depression, chiropractic care can help. Find hope and healing through regular chiropractic care that focuses on whole-body health to improve both physical and mental health. Reach out to experienced and knowledgeable chiropractors at AICA Orthopedics to schedule your initial consultation and find out more about the benefits of chiropractic care for helping cope with anxiety and depression.