As someone who has been dealing with chronic stress and anxiety for most of my life, I can say with assurance that any time I learn about a new way to relieve stress, especially a method that is all natural and non invasive, I’m all ears. That’s why I was so glad to come across an article posted by Chiro Nexus that delves into the ways that chiropractic treatments can work to reduce levels of stress and anxiety on a physical level. I had certainly heard this claim before, but this was the first time I had read about the actual scientific reasoning behind this approach.
Anxiety is often triggered as a response in the body by an elevated heart rate and rapid breathing. Since chiropractic has been scientifically proven to affect the heart rate so that it beats at a healthier pace, therefore reducing blood pressure and hyperventilation, it only makes all the sense in the world that chiropractic should be seen as one of the most effective natural treatment methods out there today for stress and anxiety. It’s interesting to note as well that many patients don’t yet know to seek out chiropractic treatment to relieve their stress; mostly, patients come to a doctor of chiropractic to treat their acute or chronic back and neck pain, only to realize that their stress levels tend to drop after each chiropractic adjustment session.
Now that there is scientific proof that reveals how exactly chiropractic works to relieve anxiety, I assume that many more patients who currently live with high levels of stress will begin to realize that chiropractic is a fantastic way to treat their condition on a physical level, even though it often feels like it’s “all in your head”. PET scans were taken on chiropractic patients to monitor brain activity before and after a chiropractic adjustment. These scans revealed that after a simple neck adjustment by a licensed doctor of chiropractic, most patients had drastically reduced levels of cortisol, which is the hormone that commonly is associated with stress and anxiety.
When stress arises in a person, production of the hormone cortisol tends to increase dramatically. A reduction of cortisol therefore tends to release stress. The PET scans also revealed an alteration for the better in the areas of the brain that process pain and stress reactions. Overall, patients reported feeling like they had a better handle on their stress after the neck adjustment.
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