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Easing Takotsubo Syndrome & Panic Attack Stress With Chiropractic

woman feeling sickDr. Shire recently shared an extraordinary case that he encountered in his practice for the first time in 25 years: a patient diagnosed with Takotsubo syndrome, commonly known as “broken heart syndrome.” One of Dr. Shire’s patients described an event that she thought was a heart attack. “She was walking through the park, began to have severe chest pains, and ended up in the hospital. There, she was diagnosed with Takotsubo syndrome,” said Dr. Shire.

The Science Behind Takotsubo Syndrome

Takotsubo syndrome, named after a Japanese vase used to capture octopuses in the ocean, occurs when severe stress alters the shape of the heart. This change impairs the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively, mimicking the symptoms of a heart attack.

Thankfully, unlike a heart attack, this condition is reversible with proper medical intervention. After receiving some medication, the woman’s heart was able to reclaim its shape, and she is, thankfully, okay.

The Role of Stress

Our bodies respond to stress through a well-known process: the fight-or-flight response. This involves the release of adrenaline and cortisol, increased heart rate, and muscle tension. While this response usually doesn’t persist, chronic stress can have long-lasting effects on our health.

“Another patient came in with extreme neck pain linked to panic attacks. His neck and shoulder muscles were tense, and his upper cervical spine was subluxated,” said Dr. Shire. After just one spinal adjustment of the man’s C1, he experienced immediate relief, showing the clear connection between stress and physical health.”

Chiropractic Care and Stress Management

While often recognized for its ability to address back and neck pain, chiropractic care also effectively manages stress-related conditions. By identifying and correcting subluxations (misalignments) in the spine, chiropractors help restore balance to the nervous system. This process promotes the body’s parasympathetic response, fostering relaxation and healing.

For patients with conditions like Takotsubo syndrome, regular adjustments help maintain proper alignment and reduce stress. Dr. Shire recommends coming in for follow-up visits to ensure continued relief and prevent recurrence.

Stress Management Through Meditation

In addition to chiropractic care, Dr. Shire recommends making daily meditation a part of your routine. Apps like Calm, Headspace, and Insight Timer offer accessible resources for beginners.

“A regular meditation practice helps people keep that sense of equanimity and balance, enabling us to handle stress more effectively,” said Dr. Shire.

Tame the Tension in Your Life

If you or a loved one are experiencing stress-related symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shire. We want to help you enjoy a healthier, more balanced life.

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