Whether you're experiencing anxiety related to stress at work or whether you have a constant battle with anxiety, you've probably noticed that it can affect not just your mind but also your body. In some cases, the tenseness and other changes to your body from anxiety can cause problems and even misalignments.
Here's how chiropractic can help with anxiety and the physical symptoms that come with it.
1. Helps your tense muscles relax
Many anxiety sufferers find themselves with a variety of painful physical symptoms, including chronically tense and sore muscles. This can often lead to back or neck pain, joint pain, and other issues. A skilled chiropractor can help counter the effects of this tension and any associated poor posture.
Although the focus of chiropractic treatment is the spine, many chiropractic treatments can help to relieve tension where you habitually carry it (such as in the shoulders). This is both because a chiropractic treatment can improve your posture and range of motion and because some chiropractors can also manipulate the shoulders and arms to relieve misalignments.
2. Can relieve migraines
If you're at your wit's end to know how to deal with anxiety-related migraines, a chiropractic visit is a great step. Although chiropractic is considered an alternative form of medicine—so there's not as much scientific evidence for migraine relief as with conventional medicine—there are still many people who find relief from their headaches when they get an adjustment.
Since chiropractic treatment is spine-focused and not migraine-focused, it may relieve your migraine symptoms more or less than the next person's. However, if your migraines are related to your spine (which you may not know for sure until you've tried it), you could see a considerable degree of relief.
3. Helps care for your nervous system
Mental health problems are deeply connected to the nervous system, and your spinal cord is a big part of that system. While anxiety can cause tension and muscle pain, muscle pain and tension can in turn affect your mental state negatively, which can become a vicious cycle.
Chiropractic care can help both by physically realigning your spine to reduce pain and tension and by helping to support your nervous system.
These three points show how a chiropractic clinic, such as Stroud Chiropractic Clinic, can benefit you if you suffer from anxiety and stress. If you have (or suspect you have) an anxiety disorder or depression or another mental issue, don't use your chiropractor as a replacement for your mental health professional. Never discontinue your medications without first getting the approval of your prescribing doctor.