Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety and Panic Attacks


Written by Chelsi Meil

Anxiety is one of those things most people don’t talk about. They just shrug it off and say it’s just nerves. But some days those feelings of anxiety can trigger panic attacks, which are not easy to recover from. What is puzzling is that people don’t talk about anxiety. So it’s not fully recognized as a problem in society, even though 18% of adults suffer from some sort of anxiety.

anxietyIn a study from October 2016, a woman underwent a small study on how chiropractic can affect anxiety and panic attacks.

The study made note of several different types of anxiety, such as, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Panic disorders impact the quality of life, and are characterized as sudden periods of intense fear. This type of feeling can be accompanied by increased heart rate, pounding heart, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, smothering or choking, and a feeling of impending doom.

Anxiety is commonly treated with medication or psychotherapy. Normally, depression and anxiety go hand in hand, and amount of antidepressants medication has grown in the past decade. And in attempt to seek alternatives to medication, including chiropractic care for anxiety.

In this particular study, a 49 year old woman with a major complaint of anxiety and panic attacks went to a chiropractic clinic in New Zealand. Associated with anxiety, the woman suffered from a tight-gripping chest pain which began following three years of finical work, family and relationship stresses. She also had symptoms of gastrointestinal pain and discomfort, mild numbness in the arms and hands, rapid heart rate and headaches.

She had been prescribed an antidepressant drug which reduced her chest pain but increased her anxiety and panic attacks. Her history also included a large amount of past physical, psychological and emotional trauma.

She began visiting a chiropractor three times a week. Within three weeks of being adjusted, the patient reported a decrease of anxiety and panic attack. And when she had anxiety and panic attacks she noticed they were less frequent, and she felt as if she were in more control of the panic attacks, and was easier to regain herself. Because of the results, she was able to reduce her medication.

By the tenth week of care, the woman reported that she hadn’t had a panic attack for the past two weeks. After the fourteenth week of care, the patient reported a complete resolution of her anxiety, panic attacks as well as her related symptoms and she was able to get off her medication.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment for you or someone you know who suffers from anxiety and/or panic attacks, give us a call at 607-257-9355.

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About the author:Dr. Brian Bartholomew
Dr. Brian Bartholomew owns and operates Ithaca Family Chiropractic in Ithaca, Ny. His expertise is in pediatric care and structural corrective chiropractic care for all ages.

Dr. Bartholomew is available for outside speaking for businesses, churches, groups, athletic teams, rotaries, health food stores and anyone who wants to take charge of their health naturally!

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