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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Violent Outbursts Reduced in a 10-Year-Old Boy with Chiropractic Care

Do Chiropractors See Kids? Can Chiropractic Care Help With My Child’s Behavior?

In the November 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics is a case report documenting behavioral improvement in a boy after chiropractic care.  The authors note that although there have been numerous studies on children who were diagnosed with a variety of conditions that are associated with behavioral issues, this is the only study of its kind where the subject did not have such a prior diagnosis.

Violent Outbursts Reduced in a 10-Year-Old Boy with Chiropractic Care | Austin TX ChiropractorIn this case, a 10-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractor because of behavioral issues. It was reported that the boy would go from  being calm and relaxed to sudden outbreaks of violence. His mother also reported that he suffered from frequent panic attacks and periods of anxiety. The boy had been suspended from several schools, and was only allowed to attend his present school for 50 minutes each day.  Due to being out of school so much, he was not given an evaluation that may have led to a diagnosis.  He was also having difficulty sleeping and was unable to sleep by himself in a room.

The history showed that he had a difficult birth and had suffered from multiple ear infections and tubes placed in his ears as a small child. He also had a history of bowel issues suffering with both constipation and diarrhea.  He was given medication for his behavior, but that was discontinued as it caused weight gain.

The boy’s mother was given a questionnaire to rate and document her son’s condition and any changes from chiropractic care. This questionnaire was repeated regularly during care to evaluate any changes. Initially, she rated her son’s issues at the highest level of severity.  Chiropractic care was then begun with specific chiropractic spinal adjustments being administered.

By the fourth visit, the mother reported that she started to notice a significant change in her son’s behavior. By the ninth visit, her son had improved by over 80% as rated by the questionnaire. At the time of this report, the boy still had some violent outbursts. However, these were fewer and easier to get him out of than before his chiropractic care.  The boy’s mother also reported that her son was sleeping better and was able to sleep in his own bed.  He had no panic attacks, and his eating and bowel issues had improved.

The study authors concluded by writing: “This case report demonstrates that chiropractic spinal adjustments, the only treatment being rendered, were effective in improving the child’s behavior. This study suggests that chiropractic care helped to reduce violent outbreaks as well as to improve the patient’s sleep, with additional improvements to satiety and frequency of panic attacks.”

To see if chiropractic care can help with your child’s behavior or if you or someone you know suffers with similar issues, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson today.

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