Can chiropractic help with anxiety?
“First of all, if you believe that your mind and your body are one, then this will make sense to you. However, if you believe that anxiety is purely psychological, and has absolutely no connection with the physical body, then you will probably think that we are full of it!” That’s chiropractor Dr. Matthew Taylor’s take on this question.
Current researchers support Taylor’s view:
Dr. John Bargh, Yale University says, “The old concepts of mind body dualism are turning out not to be true at all. Our minds are deeply and organically linked to our bodies.”
So how do your spinal cord and nervous system connect?
Taylor says, “As you know, chiropractors work primarily with the back, the spine and the neck. The nervous system has its superhighway, the spinal cord, running down the spine and any interruption in its flow could have an effect on mood.”
What are the common symptoms of anxiety?
“Feeling out of it, or strange, light-headed, slightly dizzy, difficulty swallowing, tight chest and breathing. Could some or even all of these be down to a misaligned spine putting pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in your neck and back? Yes, potentially they could. In which case, a chiropractor might be able to help you with anxiety.”
“If your anxiety is accompanied by, or exacerbated by, tension headaches that effect the back of your neck or reach over your crown onto your face then there may well be a link between your anxiety and spinal cord or skeletal structure, and it would be well worth your time talking to your chiropractor,” Taylor adds.
And he points out, “Many anxiety medications, such as Xanax and other benzodiazepines also work to relax muscles. Some people claim that part of their anti-anxiety effect is caused by the fact that they lessen pressure on the spinal cord and allow everything to work more easily.”
There are no guarantees that chiropractic care will have an effect on your anxiety, but it might be worth a try. The mind/body connection could be a real answer.
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