Chiropractic Care for Anxiety
Anxiety disorder roughly affects 40 million Americans every year. Of those 40 million people affected, about 36% of them seek any type of treatment. Many people who suffer from anxiety disorders go undiagnosed, and so may not even realize that there are available treatments to help with how they are feeling. If you or someone you know may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, chiropractic care for anxiety may be able to help. The chiropractic care at RxWellness Tysons may be able to incorporate treatments and techniques that may be able to help you alleviate and treat negative symptoms of discomfort or dread.
What is Anxiety
Anxiety disorder can be characterized as more than regular worry or fear that has recurring symptoms that have lasted for at least 6 months, and that interfere with daily activities. There are different levels of anxiety disorders that can range from general anxiety to intense reactions to very specific situations. Some anxiety types are listed below:
- General anxiety disorder
- Sleep problems
- Easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating
- Panic disorder
- Accelerated heart rate
- Feelings of being out of control
- Phobia-related anxiety disorder
- An irrational fear of encountering a triggering object or situation
- Taking unnecessary precautionary steps to avoid the feared object
- Experiences intense anxiety when around the feared object or situation
- May have a fear of using public transportation
- Being in open spaces
- Being in crowds
- Being outside the house alone
If you are suffering from constant anxiety, it can be very debilitating and uncomfortable, especially if you are undiagnosed and unfamiliar with why you are experiencing these crippling emotions. When it comes to dealing with anxiety disorder, one of the most powerful things you can do is become informed of the condition, the cause, and the treatments. Sometimes anxiety stems from a lack of control, so by becoming more informed you are able to exert a level of control over the disorder.
Causes of Anxiety
Research has identified that both genetic and environmental factors can contribute to the development of an anxiety disorder. There are also certain risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing an anxiety disorder. For example, childhood behavior inhibitions like shyness, negative environmental exposure, mental illness in biological family members, or physical conditions like thyroid problems can predispose you to anxiety. Symptoms of anxiety include:
- Feeling of restlessness
- Being wound-up
- Inability to concentrate
- Sleep problems (falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling restless when you wake)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or you know someone who is, then it is important to contact your doctor and get a concrete diagnosis. This way you can have a better idea of the cause of the anxiety and how we can create a plan to properly treat the symptoms.
How to Treat Anxiety at Home
When trying to manage anxiety at home, one of the most powerful things you can do is learn more about it. Knowledge is power, and having a better understanding of why you may be experiencing these symptoms can better help you manage it.
Stress management techniques can also help you get better control over your anxiety by giving you a way to establish some kind of control over these uncontrollable emotions.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Treat Symptoms of Anxiety
Chiropractic care can be very effective at managing symptoms of anxiety by alleviating the physical complications that could be contributing to mental stress and anxiety. For example, a symptom of anxiety could be insomnia, and spinal manipulations may be able to improve sleep quality so you can get better rest at night.
Chiropractic adjustments can also reduce high blood pressure, which is often a common symptom of anxiety and stress. At RxWellness Tysons, we combine chiropractic care with massage therapy to help our patients get the most out of each session. Massage therapy is also known to improve stress levels by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, which can trigger a feeling of relaxation and calm.
Receiving regular adjustments can also help properly balance out the hormones that are involved in mood stabilization. For example, Neurotensin is a hormone that neutralizes stress-induced pain. Regular spinal adjustments can help keep those hormones leveled, and available for optimal management of stress. You will have a better chance of positively managing feelings of anxiety, discomfort, or dread when your hormone levels are at the proper levels. When your body is in the best place for performing necessary functions, you are better able to deal with the negative thoughts and feelings of anxiety.
RxWellness and How We Treat Anxiety
At RxWellness Spine & Health, we strive to ensure quality service for all our patients. We will listen to your concerns and create a treatment plan that will help you see the most benefits. We understand that sometimes physical complications can greatly impact mental health, and we will attempt to remove any physical barriers to maintaining positive mental wellness. Our goal is to have you leave your appointment in a much better space than when you arrived.
We provide regular chiropractic adjustments and combine each session with massage therapy to help you feel the full benefits of both the adjustment and the soft tissue manipulation. At RxWellness Spine & Health, we customize all treatment sessions to the specific patient to ensure that they are able to get the most benefits of their session.
Anxiety can be severely debilitating and can create a mental environment that makes completing daily tasks difficult or impossible. However hard it might be, there are steps you can take to help manage symptoms, and experience fewer feelings of dread and unease. Hopefully, you now have a better idea of how chiropractic care for anxiety can help you or someone you know better manage those uncontrollable symptoms of discomfort or dread. At RxWellness Tysons we will work to create a treatment plan that can help you get a better handle on those uncontrollable feelings. If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation, give us a call at (571) 348-1540or book an appointment online. We are located at 8609 Westwood Center Dr, Suite 620, Vienna, VA 22182.