Mind-Body Health and Chiropractic
by Judy Soborowicz, DC CCN, Active Health
We have all heard the expression and experienced moments of awareness of our mind and body connection, the idea is not new. Researchers have been actively working to catch the science of our day up with known truths of how healing occurs when addressing the whole person. Chiropractic is an art, science and philosophy foundationally set in the healing principles. Innate Intelligence is a term used in chiropractic for over one hundred years, used to describe the human mind body connection. Innate Intelligence is defined as the inborn ability to organize, heal, and maintain normal conditions throughout the body. Our brain and nerve system is looked to as the primary network of communication of the body. This principle of healing is guiding the approach your chiropractor uses to observe what your mind is saying through the expression of signs and symptoms appearing in your body. Take for instance, the condition, Anxiety. This condition is described as a psychological disorder, has symptoms of feeling “out of it”, or strange light headedness, slightly dizzy, difficulty swallowing, tight chest with breathing, tension in the back, neck, and headaches. Xanax, Ativan, and other benzodiazepine medications which are used to treat anxiety also work to relax muscles along the spine. Drug medications used to treat anxiety can cause unintended negative short and long-term consequences, such as addiction. However, Benzodiazepines are available by prescription only, users and their families may be unaware of the highly abusive addictive potential they have. Addiction can even appear in patients using doses properly prescribed under the care of a Physician. MedPage today recently reported that in the last 20 years there has been a 700% increase in deaths involving benzodiazepine use, safer options can be discussed with your primary health care provider.
Anxiety can be a debilitating disorder which can negatively affect everyday life. Many patients report feeling perfectly normal and calm one minute and in the throes of anxiety the next. Discovering what triggers anxiety and exploring non- drug alternatives is helpful. Journaling your triggers can be very helpful, a detailed diet diary including symptoms following meals may reveal other triggers you are not aware of. Some triggers include; neck or back tension, food allergies, alcohol, sugar, deficiency of B Vitamins, Calcium and or Magnesium, adrenal fatigue, PMS or prolonged stress. Physical exam including blood testing of thyroid, vitamin D3 and iron, food sensitivity testing and hormone saliva tests can reveal underlying problems which can be contributing to or causing Anxiety. Chiropractic doctors address physical stressors, external stress and nutritional stressors, to optimize health, beginning with the foundational imbalances which over time may lead to psychological disorders. The chiropractic approach does not include the use of drugs or medication, it does include changes to lifestyle and diet, when necessary. Gentle chiropractic adjustments are performed along the spine which relax the muscles in the body, allowing for greater communication and tone. Greater communication between the nerve system, and body releases tension and tight muscles, and healthier nerve system tone positively affects the release of neurotransmitters deep within our brain that are responsible for feelings of relaxation and calm. Many patients have reported feeling more relaxed, more focused and less anxious following the natural, drug free chiropractic approach to mind body health.
Judy Soborowicz, DC CCN obtained her chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr Judy enjoys practicing chiropractic and nutrition at Active Health in Eau Claire, alongside her husband Dr John.