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Chiropractic and Anxiety

According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect 18% of adult Americans or approximately 40 million people. Of these cases, 23 % are considered “severe,” with recurring, debilitating symptoms like panic attacks or intense phobias that prevent normal functioning.


Despite the prevalence of anxiety disorders, only around a third of those that suffer from anxiety seek proper care for their condition. The rest risk the effects of anxiety disorder entering into their life and causing things like depression, poor work or school performance, relationship problems and more undesirable effects.

Fortunately, those that suffer from anxiety condition can manage it effectively through a combination of psychological therapy and other therapies like chiropractic care. 

Those that suffer from anxiety do not need to resort to drugs with drastic side effects that often compound problems rather than helping them. Instead, they can seek the care of a chiropractor who will use their understanding of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system to help.

How Chiropractic Care can help Your Anxiety

Many mental conditions can be traced back to physical elements of the body. For example, those who suffer chronic pain are significantly more likely to develop depression. Poor nervous system performance can also lead to conditions that worsen anxiety.


Nervous system disorders can often be connected to abnormal spinal curvature, called subluxations since the spine houses our most important nerve pathways. When subluxations are pronounced, they can block these nerve pathways and cause the sufferer to develop symptoms of anxiety. Improper nerve function can lead to the imbalance of critical neurochemicals which can then lead to dizziness, nervousness, fatigue, sadness and more. 

Conditions like anxiety can lead to holding tension physically in the body, creating painful symptoms and obstructing nerve pathways in a vicious loop that only intensifies mental issues.

Chiropractic care addresses subluxations and therefore help relieve underlying causes of many anxiety conditions. Chiropractic can also help patients manage pain and improve their nervous system function through targeted adjustments. Upper cervical adjustments show the most promise in their ability to deliver such results.