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Panic Disorders and Attacks

Help with Panic Disorders in Caledonia


At our wellness office in Caledonia we often help people who suffer with panic disorders or attacks.  Often times there is a lot of anxiety involved and stress.  Fortunately our office is very welcoming and is well suited for this type of patient.  We also are able to address the body from all aspects of natural health care that help from many different angles.  Read my favourite excerpts from this 2016 research report below and connect to our office in Caledonia to discuss or to have an assessment in order to see if our office is right for you  – Dr. Callum Peever

Resolution of Panic Disorder and Improved Quality of Life in a Patient Receiving Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration Care: A Case Report

Clinical Features:
“A 49-year-old woman suffering presented to a wellness based chiropractic clinic suffering from anxiety and panic attacks with associated chest pains for a period of eight months with no improvement. The presenting complaints began following a three-year period of prolonged stress. The patient’s history revealed past episodes of extreme stress and trauma.”

Interventions and Outcomes:
“A program of Network Spinal Analysis chiropractic care was employed to improve Spinal and Neural Integrity (SNI), including the reduction of Adverse Mechanical Cord Tension (AMCT) and vertebral subluxations. Somato Respiratory Integration exercises were utilized to enhance somatic awareness and provide greater internal safety. AMCT was assessed and measured using a Heel Tension Scale. Quality of life improvements were measured using a self-rated Health, Wellness, and Quality of Life (HWQL) survey. A steady reduction of anxiety and panic attacks was achieved during the first six weeks of care with significant quality of life improvements. Resolution of a panic disorder was achieved within fourteen weeks of care.”

“Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration care was associated with the resolution of a panic disorder with a significant quality of life improvements in this case. Further research is recommended to explore the role of chiropractic care combined with Somato Respiratory Integration exercises for the management of anxiety disorders and/or other stress related conditions that may be mediated through the spine.”


“Anxiety disorders involve abnormal feelings of worry or fear that can interfere with the daily activities such as job performance, school, work and relationships.”

“Panic disorder is a type of chronic anxiety disorder that results in a significant reduction in quality of life. People with panic disorder experience recurrent unexpected panic attacks with sudden periods on intense fear. Symptoms may include palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; sweating; trembling or shaking; shortness of breath, smothering or choking; and feeling of impending doom.”

“The purpose if this paper is to report on the improvements in a patient suffering from a panic disorder while receiving network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) care. The authors propose a relationship between the patient’s symptoms of anxiety, panic, and comorbid somatic complaints, and a chronic state of stress physiology medicated through the spine.”


“After ten weeks of care the patient reports feeling better than ever with no anxiety or panic for two weeks. She reduced her medication to 12.5mg every second day at this time. By fourteen weeks of care she reported a complete resolution of anxiety and panic attacks and all comorbid somatic complaints. She stopped all medication at this time.  Three months later the patient reported no further symptoms related to a panic disorder.”


“Periods of prolonged or chronic stress can cause disturbances of several physiological systems, and the basic survival or “fight or flight” state can become the baseline function for the individual.  The Epstein model of SNI proposes that there is an anchoring of chronic stress physiology within the anatomical structures of the spine.”


“NSA and SRI care was found to have a significant positive effect on the quality of life of a patient suffering from a panic disorder, and was found to be of clinical benefit for the resolution of anxiety, panic attacks, and comorbid somatic complaints in this case. Subluxation based chiropractic care may provide a significant contribution to the management for patients with anxiety disorders by improving SNI, including the reduction of AMCT and vertebral subluxations.”




Anxiety in Children

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children.  It has become an increasing problem for kids, parents and teachers.  While many children look forward to school, some children dread it.  Anxious kids endure painful, uncomfortable episodes of nervousness, irritability and frightening thoughts.  They often find it difficult to focus on their school work and may frequently complain of illness, such as headaches or stomachs.  Untreated anxious kids are at higher risk of engaging in substance abuse.

It is typical for even non-anxious children to experience anxious feelings, such as being afraid of the dark or getting separated from their parents.  Children attach anxiety to specific situations, but the bad feelings disappear when the situation is over or the child simply outgrows the fear.  However, children with these disorders endure extreme anxiety over long periods of time.

This anxiety disorder can interfere with a child’s social development. To parents, social anxiety can appear as extreme shyness in their child. Kids with this disorder feel anxious around new people and new situations, may have trouble forming friends and are often reluctant to participate in group activities. At school, a socially anxious child is afraid to make mistakes for fear of embarrassment or attracting unwanted attention.

If you think your child is struggling with serious anxiety, talk to a pediatrician. You should also bring it to the attention of your child’s teacher and school counselor. In the meantime, here are some tips for helping your anxious child:

  • be supportive ~ make your child feel comfortable talking about her anxiety and offer reassurance.
  • visit your Chiropractor ~ getting regular Chiropractic adjustments help kids just as much as adults.

Chiropractic reduces stress-related subluxations that impact nerves and restores a more balanced, natural tone to the nervous system.

Here is more research to keep you curious about Anxiety and the body’s response to Chiropractic care:
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Volume 2020

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