As we transition slowly but surely back into a post-pandemic world, researchers and doctors are finding people are suffering from “reentry anxiety.” The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” Now pair that with a global pandemic and staying at home for the past year, and it’s no wonder why people are more tense than ever before. However, medical professionals, such as Dr. Gray, are finding a direct connection between upper cervical care and anxiety and with the proper medical attention can find relief and ease some of the symptoms associated with the condition.
Anxiety Stressors & Symptoms
While it’s only human to feel anxious from time to time, anxiety, however, is a diagnosable condition that has a direct impact on your quality of life. More than 40 million Americans are diagnosed with anxiety and its symptoms may include the following:
- Excessive worrying
- Feeling agitated
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tense muscles
- Trouble sleeping
- Panic attacks
- Avoiding social situations
- Irrational fears
The mental and physical effects of anxiety, when paired with the uncertainty our world has been facing since March 2020 can be debilitating. It was even reported back in 1990 that an estimated $46.6 billion was spent in the US alone to treat anxiety disorders, showing that it is not only mentally and physically costing people their lives, but financially too. Luckily, finding relief from some of these symptoms is possible with upper cervical care from a medical professional.
What is Upper Cervical Care?
While you may be familiar with a general chiropractor, an upper cervical chiropractor specializes in working with the top two bones located in the body’s neck which control the nervous system. If these two bones are out of alignment it can lead to a number of different complications both neurologically and musculoskeletally throughout the body, which may lead to heightened feelings of anxiety. The alignment of these two bones can also allow for a better night’s sleep, less headaches/migraines, and general pain relief which can all be added stressors to a patient.
Upper Cervical Care, Anxiety, & You
While there is no known cure for anxiety, easing the symptoms can lead to a better quality of life, a decrease in pain, and offer general relief- both mentally and physically. In re-entering the world post-COVID, it’s important to accept that your life may not be exactly how it was pre-pandemic. Try to focus on what’s in your control, accept what you’re feeling (no matter how good or bad), move at your own pace, and reach out for help if you need to! Starting with a consultation, Dr. Gray is here to help alleviate your stressors or pain, and help get you back to feeling like yourself.
Any other questions? Dr. Gray and RHLC’s team are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Call our team today: (610) 341-9300