Anxiety and Panic Attacks
From my experience and the experience of many doctors who perform this and similar endonasal techniques, anxiety can be greatly improved with cranial adjusting. The major underlying causes of anxiety and panic attacks are threefold. They can be helped by addressing a functional problem of the brain, a lack of air flow or an inability to process stress.
Fear usually has a tangible object that we are fearful of. With anxiety, however, we usually do not know what we are anxious about.
With anxiety and panic attacks, we initially assess your body in four ways. Please note that we also use the following techniques with people who suffer from sleep apnea.
1. Airways must be free to effortlessly bring in oxygen and this is done in three ways.
a. Ribs- A lung capacity test will be done to see how many liters of air you ar bringing in and able to breathe out. This will be compared to normal and your ribs will be evaluated to see if they are all moving properly with each breath. If there is a fixation at your sternum or in-between the ribs at the intercostal muscles it can be like a tight belt around your chest keeping you from inhaling. This is a silent malposition that can wake you up at night with anxiety and panic attacks. You will receive muscle work and adjustive techniques for greater chest expansion. Often, we see 30 to even 100 percent increase in lung capacity with treatment in our office.
b. Nasal Passages- Your cranial bones will be analyzed for fixations. These fixations can actually narrow your nasal passages and cause a lack of airflow which contributes to anxiety. Your subconscious will be screaming for more oxygen and you may not even know that this is what your body was asking for. It may just show up as anxiety. Endonasal cranial adjustments open your nasal passages and we usually see changes in Pulse Oximeter (blood oxygen) readings in our office.
c. Throat- A feeling of gagging, or just a light constriction of the throat, can lead to anxiety. Dr Fields uses very specialized muscle work techniques to free up your throat muscles, hyoid bone and airway to allow the optimal flow of air, food and water.
2. Brain Function- A major problem with anxiety can be associated with the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. An example of a neurotransmitter that plays a role in the prevention of anxiety is Serotonin. It is often called the policeman of the brain because it helps keep brain activity under control. It influences mood, impulsiveness, activity that can lead to depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsiveness.
However, there is a problem of side effects and it is rarely a simple situation of under or over production of neurotransmitters. Instead it is a problem of the distribution. Some areas of the brain end up with too low a level of neurotransmitters and other areas of the brain get too many neurotransmitters.
Flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood help govern the distribution of neurotransmitters. The shape of the skull can help or hinder these processes. With Endonasal Cranial Adjusting the skull changes back to it’s intended shape. This normalizes the patterns of the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood. As the fluid flow characteristics change, the patterns of distribution of neurotransmitters are changed as well.
With care, your skull shape returns to normal and brain function improves creating a lasting change in conditions like anxiety and nervousness.