Chiropractic and Anxiety

Many of you know that chiropractic care can help relieve problems like sciatica, neck pain, and even headaches. But did you know chiropractic has been shown to improve anxiety, including chronic anxiety?

The research behind it is constantly growing, and here at CCC, we’ve seen a handful of instances of relieved and improved chronic anxiety in our patients after regular chiropractic care. The anatomy of the spine and nervous system can shed some light on why this occurs.

Chronic anxiety can be described in a variety of ways. Each person who experiences this disorder has a different way of telling the story. But there is usually one word that remains: fear. Its an unrelenting fear of an unknown threat. When there is a threat, our nervous system resorts to our flight or fight system - the sympathetic nervous system. This system is responsible for the surge of adrenaline that occurs when a threat is near. Chronic anxiety is thought to occur when the sympathetic nervous system is left unbalanced by its counterpart - the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the restful state of the body.

Symptoms of chronic anxiety can include:

Excessive sweating

High resting heart rate



Lack of concentration


Lack of appetite

Panic attacks

Chiropractic can improve the outlook of those who suffer from anxiety disorders by restoring the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, by eliminating the interference in the nervous systems. This interference is caused by subluxation, or misalignments of the spine that prevent motion of the segment and produce inflammation to the adjacent tissues. These subluxations, usually found in the thoracic region, middle back, are corrected by chiropractic adjustment. With continued care and increased stability of the thoracic spine, anxiety can be improved significantly.

If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing these symptoms, we can perform a full evaluation and determine the best treatment plan.

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Circle City Chiropractic

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