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parker12
Hello. I am wondering if any of you have treated anxiety for your ED son or daughter by seeing a chiropractor? If so, what was your experience?

Thank you!
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cm72
I've never heard of that but I am giving my daughter daily massages using lavendar oil (mainly on belly because she's always bloated) and considering trying hemp oil.
Her counselor has had a client rave about a particular type of fish oil to help with anxiety and i'm waiting for her to send the specific name.  Once I have that, i'll share with you.
I know I wasn't help on the specific question about chiropractic work but it sounds like you are open to alternative therapies so...
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cm72
Oh and for myself specifically I am doing acupuncture for the anxiety/stress. It works wonders for me!!!
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parker12
Thank you cm72. Yes, I am open to anything that can help! I like using oils for all sorts of things including stress! I have also considered looking into hemp oil. I think it’s great that your daughter will let you help her with oils and messages!! My son is super resistant to ANY help. I think he will be more open to a chiropractor, Fingers crossed! Please let me know what the brand of fish oil is recommended, I would appreciate it!

I’ll let you know how it goes with the chiropractor!
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Ocras68
This may not be relevant to you depending on what ED your child has and what stage they’re at.
My daughter suffered from debilitating anxiety with panic attacks, but the anxiety has lessened greatly as a result of heading towards weight restoration. She is having separate counselling for the anxiety, i.e. nothing to do with FBT/FEDS (with the knowledge and approval of FEDS), and that’s helping too. I would be careful about your child seeing a chiropractor if he/she is underweight. My daughter bruised very easily when she was underweight, and any physical pressure had a disproportionate effect.
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parker12
Ocras68 Thank you for sharing! My son is WR! So now I’m looking for ways to help with his anxiety. He was not cooperating with the psychiatrist, he still thinks his ED was not a big deal, he basically doesn’t think he has anything wrong with him! He won’t talk to me or his dad about his thoughts or feelings. I have a gut feeling the anxiety is still there. And if it’s not anxiety it might be a mild OCD or both. I’m not sure, because he won’t talk, we are left guessing.
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parker12
I didn’t realize it either. No back or neck issues. I’m still a little skeptical but it’s worth a shot, right?
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Ocras68
Oh I’m so glad your son is wr, Parker12. I haven’t heard of using a chiropractor for anxiety but a friend of mine has acupuncture and finds it completely brilliant (like cm72) and another uses reflexology for her son and has seen positive results. I hope you find what works for your son. It’s awful seeing our children suffer from anxiety as well as all the other misery of EDs.
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parker12
Mimi321-It’s difficult for me to know if he is anxious. Last year he had several anxiety attacks but hasn’t had one for several months. He was diagnosed with General Anxiety in 3rd grade. My gut tells me he is anxious. I notice that he bites his nails and pulls out his eyelashes or eyebrows. He is also getting in trouble at school and not turning in or completing assignments. Thank you for your insight! You think it is normal for him to not want to talk about ED? Many of the posts I’ve read gave me the impression that is was more common for ED kids to talk about it and reach a point where they recognize they need help.

I love that your D is focusing on moving ahead!

I have not looked into emotional coaching but I will now! Thank you so much! Knowing how to talk to my son has been challenging.

Thanks again!
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parker12
Ocras68-Thank you for your insight and support!
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cm72
Forgot to tell you that the fish oil that was recommended is OmegaBrite. Let me know if it works for you. It's in capsule form so my daughter won't take it as she has trouble swallowing pills. I'm wondering if I can break the capsule and dump in her smoothie. I'm going to look into it.

Wonderful meeting you last night!!
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Foodsupport_AUS
parker12 wrote:
Ocras68 Thank you for sharing! My son is WR! So now I’m looking for ways to help with his anxiety. He was not cooperating with the psychiatrist, he still thinks his ED was not a big deal, he basically doesn’t think he has anything wrong with him! He won’t talk to me or his dad about his thoughts or feelings. I have a gut feeling the anxiety is still there. And if it’s not anxiety it might be a mild OCD or both. I’m not sure, because he won’t talk, we are left guessing.


Unfortunately this is so common. My D does now discuss some of her symptoms however we are 8 years in to this journey and over all I would say that most of the times when she is feeling under stress she still doesn't express it. Not co-operating with therapy can be a part of the anxiety too. 

I am very dubious of the evidence base behind using chiropractic to help anxiety. 

He doesn't need to talk about the anxiety so much as he needs to learn skills to help with it. Have you looked at helping him to learn mindfulness and meditation? Yoga may be useful. they all focus on recognising the feelings with in the body at a given moment and there is evidence for helping with anxiety. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13.5. Weight restored July 2012. Relapse and now clawing our way back. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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