Anxiety and Panic Attacks Resolved Under Chiropractic Care

Can Chiropractic Care Help Anxiety? Does Chiropractic Help Panic Attacks?

Published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on October 17, 2016, is a documented case study of a woman suffering from panic and anxiety attacks being helped with chiropractic. The study begins by stating, “Anxiety disorders involve abnormal feelings of worry or fear that can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school, work and relationships.”

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The study notes that there are several different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder. It is estimated that 18% of the adult population in America are affected by some form of anxiety. Panic disorder has a significant impact on the quality of life and is characterized by sudden periods of intense fear. This can be accompanied by palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, smothering or choking, and a feeling of impending doom.

Anxiety is commonly treated with medications or, psychotherapy. It has been well documented that the use of antidepressant medications has grown steadily in the past decade, and represents a growing health issue itself. In an attempt to seek alternatives to medications, more people are turning to other approaches including chiropractic care for anxiety.

In this case, a 49-year-old woman with a chief complaint of anxiety and panic attacks went to a chiropractic clinic in New Zealand. Associated with her anxiety, the woman was also suffering from tight gripping chest pains which began following three years of financial, work, family, and relationship stresses. She also had symptoms of gastrointestinal pain and discomfort, mild numbness of the arms and hands, tachycardia and headaches.

She had been prescribed an antidepressant drug which had reduced her chest pain but increased her anxiety and panic attacks. Her history included a significant amount of past physical, psychological and emotional trauma. Additionally, she had been struck by a car as a pedestrian and suffered a number of fractures and other injuries.

Chiropractic care was initiated at the rate of three visits per week. Within three weeks of beginning chiropractic care, the patient reported a reduction in anxiety and panic attacks. Overall, she reported much less anxiety and a significant reduction in the intensity and frequency of her panic attacks and chest pains. When she was experiencing panic attacks, she noted that she felt more in control, and was able to resolve them more easily. Because of this, she was able to reduce her medication.

By the tenth week of care, the patient reported that she felt better than ever and had not had a panic attack for the prior two weeks. After fourteen weeks of care, the woman reported a complete resolution of her anxiety, panic issues, as well as her related symptoms and she was able to discontinue her medication.

As part of their conclusions, the authors summed up the impact this study may have by noting, “Subluxation based chiropractic care may provide a significant contribution to the management of patients with anxiety disorders.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson. We are located in north central Austin, TX.


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Improvement of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) with Chiropractic

What is GERD? What is Effective for Pediatric Reflux?

A case study published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics documents the recovery of a infant suffering with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) under chiropractic care. According to the Mayo Clinic GERD “…occurs when food backs up (refluxes) from a baby’s stomach, causing the baby to spit up.”

Improvement of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) with Chiropractic - Austin TX Pediatric Chiropractor HelpThe author of the study begins by noting that medical care for gastroesophageal reflux disease has not been shown to be effective. One study showed that the most common type of medication used for GERD has been shown to be no more effective that a placebo. Because of this, alternative care such as chiropractic is in great need for babies with this condition.

In this case, a four-month-old baby girl suffering from recurrent regurgitation after feeding was brought to the chiropractor. The baby was exclusively breastfed. The baby did not like being carried and often regurgitated after feeding. She also suffered with frequent crying, belching, interrupted sleep, choking, wheezing while sleeping, fussiness, distended stomach, and excessive intestinal gas.

The girl’s mother reported that she noticed these problems from about the second day after birth. In order to better sleep, the baby’s mother would place her on an incline mattress. The baby would also regurgitate almost every time her legs were raised to change her diapers.

A chiropractic examination was performed that included visual inspection, testing of reflexes, neurological testing, range of motion of the spine, palpation of the abdomen, and dynamic palpation of all spinal segments. Most of the test were normal. However, the abdomen was distended and areas of restriction were found in the spine. Subluxations were determined to be present and care was initiated.

The result of the care was the complete resolution of the baby’s GERD. The baby’s distended stomach returned to normal and the wheezing while sleeping stopped.

In the conclusion the author wrote, “Since current evidence fails to support traditional medicinal methods to treat GERD in infants, chiropractic care merits investigation as a safe alternative that might prove more efficient than medication and with fewer side effects.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson. We are located in north central Austin, TX.


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Chronic Difficulty in Swallowing Helped with Chiropractic: A Case Study

What is Dysphagia? Can Chiropractic Help with Swallowing Difficulties?

On March 19, 2015, a case study was published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research recording the results of chiropractic care for an elderly woman who was suffering from chronic difficulty in swallowing. The diagnostic term for this condition is dysphagia.

On their website, the National Institutes of Health describe dysphagia by saying, “People with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing and may even experience pain while swallowing (odynophagia). Some people may be completely unable to swallow or may have trouble safely swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva.”

Chronic Difficulty in Swallowing Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX ChiropractorThe authors of the study note that this condition affects millions of people and with approximately 1 out of 17 people suffering from a swallowing disorder.  Some authorities estimate that the incidence of swallowing disorders is as high as 50% among nursing home residents,

In this case, a 73-year-old woman from Auckland, New Zealand, came to the chiropractor to participate in a clinical trial that investigated the effects of chiropractic care on sensorimotor function in older adults. During her case history, it was revealed that she had been suffering with dysphagia for the previous 20 years. Her condition would cause her to feel like she was choking when swallowing food and that it was sticking in her throat.  To avoid this feeling, the woman would cut her food up into very small pieces. She also ate only foods that were relatively soft and easy for her to swallow.

A chiropractic examination was performed which consisted of a full history, neurological examination, orthopedic tests of the spine, a spinal assessment, a thermography scan, and static electromyography. In addition, a full set of spinal x-rays was taken to evaluate her spine for degeneration, postural alignment, chiropractic analysis, and to rule out any pathology that would prevent her from receiving chiropractic care.

From these tests it was determined that the woman had multiple spinal subluxations in her upper neck, upper back and at the base of her spine. Based on this, specific chiropractic adjustments were begun at the rate of three visits per week for the first four weeks.

The results in this case were almost immediate. The study reports that the woman returned for her second visit and explained to her chiropractor that the day following her first adjustment, she could swallow and eat food normally again without having to cut food into tiny pieces.

During a follow up evaluation after 12 chiropractic visits, the woman stated that she felt an overall improvement in her health, increased energy, better breathing, more motivation, and most importantly she was no longer choking on her food. A follow-up was conducted a year later with the woman still not experiencing any of her original problems.

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson.

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