Persistent Panic Attacks? 3 Surprising Treatments That May Help You Live A Panic-Free Life

Approximately 4 percent of Canadians will suffer from a panic disorder at some point during their lives. For 1 to 2 percent of the population, panic disorders are persistent and very difficult to treat. While many of the latter are able to reduce their panic attacks with a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, some do not experience complete relief from their symptoms with these conventional treatments alone. Fortunately, there are other treatments that may help.

If you've been battling your panic disorder with conventional treatments, but still experience panic attacks on a regular basis, you may want to think about adding some unconventional treatments to your treatment plan. Following are three surprising treatments that may help you live a panic-free life. 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy at places like Lakeside Spa Massage Therapy is becoming an increasingly popular alternative treatment for depression, stress, anxiety and panic. Massage therapy combats panic by helping you relax and free your mind of anxious and fearful thoughts. When your body is in a relaxed state, you will be less likely to have a panic attack. Physiologically, massage therapy also lowers your heart rate and reduces muscle tension. Rapid pulse and painful muscle tension, especially tension that's concentrated in the chest, are two physical symptoms that can trigger a panic attack in some people.  

Emotional Freedom Technique

Referred to as EFT, this technique involves tapping certain pressure points, called meridians, each time you feel anxious or start to have a panic attack. It's unknown whether this technique creates a distraction that helps you ignore panic symptoms -- similar to the rubber band technique and counting exercises -- or if it changes your energy as proponents of the technique claim. While the technique has yet to be proven effective through medical study, some people claim that it has helped them. 

Grounding Technique

Grounding refers to a conscious effort to become more in tune with your surroundings. Those practicing the technique choose a physical stimuli -- the texture on a wall, the coldness of an ice pack -- to focus on. The goal of this technique is to focus on something other than your panic symptoms, which will make your symptoms less scary and help them subside sooner. 

Panic attacks are scary. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to deal with them. Since everyone reacts differently to certain therapies, it's important that you try several things so you can figure out what works best for you.