GreenPath Clinic (Wheaton & Naperville, IL)
Many patients who suffer from anxiety and depression often report muscle tension, headaches, back and neck pain, and other related issues. During anxiety and depression associated changes in the neurological and musculoskeletal systems may aggravate the existing episodes forming a vicious cycle of events. Also, the autonomic nervous system that is responsible for normal protective “fight and flight” mechanism is in the state of constant overdrive. This often leads to chronic muscle tightness in your neck, upper back and important muscles of respiration often resulting in chronic headaches neck pain shortness of breath and occasional sensation of helplessness or feeling of being choked.
Sometimes patients may also report a sensation of "a lump in the throat" known as a “globus” sensation. Similarly, during anxiety and depression increase in adrenaline or epinephrine by your adrenal glands may lead to your adrenals “learning” how to react to normal stimuli as if they were abnormal and often worsen an existing anxiety and depression or trigger a new episode. In patients with anxiety and depression dysfunctional adrenal glands may also produce excessive amounts of cortisol that may lead to fatigue, chronic inflammation and decline in body immune defense.
How can Chiropractic care help? Some Chiropractic Physicians work very closely with Clinical Psychologists, Counsellors and other psychological health specialists to help and co-manage their patients. Chiropractic is a natural way that may help treat many physical and psychological complaints. Chiropractors are highly trained physicians who consider human body as a whole unit of interconnected systems. Chiropractic treatment is generally non-invasive, gentle and drug free.
During your appointment your doctor will collect a thorough history and perform a physical examination that will help to establish correct diagnosis and outline your treatment plan. Your care plan may include specialized muscle therapy and stretching including gentle joints’ manipulations or “adjustments”, especially to some regions of your body that may be more significantly affected by the episodes of anxiety and depression and associated neuro-musculoskeletal changes.
Chiropractic care may also use other adjunct methods like therapeutic exercise and body stabilization, acupuncture, nutritional therapy and important micro-elements supplementation like omega-3-fatty acids, Vitamin-D, antioxidants and other important co-factors that may promote your body’s natural defenses and restore equilibrium. This may be particularly important for patients with anxiety and depression when it is believed that there may be a certain imbalance of brain and body neurochemistry that triggers and sustains the episodes. On a more general level Chiropractic care may be additionally helpful with relaxation and a sense of calmness that promotes general wellbeing and the ability of patients to feel more in control and to be able to help themselves.