January 13th, 2020
Sadly, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety are becoming more prevalent across the United States. In fact, 18% of Americans suffer from anxiety and depression, and that number seems to be on the rise. Those who suffer from mood disorders are no stranger to anxiety-related symptoms such as physical weakness, muscle tenseness, loss of concentration, inability to relax, and constant worry and fear
Medication has long been the go-to for anxiety relief, however, there are alternative practices that can also help – chiropractic care being one them.
Not only does the central nervous system (composed of the brain and spinal cord) control all our body’s functions, it is also largely responsible for impacting the parts of the body that produce hormones.
Misalignments in the spine are common, which can interrupt nerve communication and function and disrupt hormone production. Because hormones influence many aspects of our lives including sleep patterns, weight gain, and mood, a hormone imbalance can lead to health concerns and cause anxiety, depression, or panic attacks.
Misalignments in the spine can also affect the limbic system, which is responsible for our feelings and emotional well-being. This can lead to negative feelings that exacerbate anxiety-related issues.
Chiropractic care will remove misalignments to allow for proper hormone balance and optimal limbic system function, thus increasing feelings of well-being and decreased anxiety.
Optimal well-being is when the mind and body are both healthy. When the body is not physically healthy, our emotional health also suffers. At the same time, mental weakness can also lead to physical illness.
Chiropractic care focuses on whole-body health and well-being so each system functions at optimal levels, and as a result, leads to reduced stress and anxiety. Learn more about how we can help you by chatting with Dr. Sarah and the chiropractic team at Driven Fit today!
In addition to therapy, anxiety and mood disorders have traditionally been treated with medication. However, this may not be the best option. While anti-anxiety medications mask the symptoms of anxiety, the downside is that when medication is stopped, problems will reoccur, or people will develop a dependency to the drug. In addition, there are a ton of side effects such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, jitteriness, among others.
At Driven Fit, we believe in a whole-body approach to healing. Our resident South Tampa chiropractor, Dr. Sarah Sponaugle, is highly trained in her practice and uses chiropractic care as a safe and natural method to manage anxiety and depression.
Interested in learning more about our chiropractic services? Simply call or text our Tampa studio at (813) 440-3016.