Chiropractic Care For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Administrator 6. October 2014 16:23

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious medical condition that can be triggered after a person has witnessed or experienced a terrifying event. PTSD is a long-term consequence of a stressful incident that can lead to a feeling of helplessness, intense horror or fear, such as an accident, sudden death of a close one, assault, natural calamity or a war. Although these symptoms are quite common after any such event, the person suffering from this condition may experience these feelings at an extremity that it hampers their normal functioning.

Causes

  • Witnessing or going through a terrifying incident
  • Genetic vulnerability to certain mental conditions, such as increased risk of developing depression and anxiety
  • Stressful life experiences, such as abuse or assault during childhood
  • Inherited personality traits, such as temperament
  • Irregularity in the release of hormones and certain chemicals by the brain at the time of stress

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may be classified into three main categories. These are:

  • Reliving: Individuals with PTSD may relive the stressful incident by way of memories and thoughts of the suffering. These may comprise of nightmares, hallucinations and flashbacks. Also, they may experience acute distress when they are reminded of the shock, such as the date or time of the event.
  • Avoiding: The individual may start to avoid the places, people, situations or thoughts that remind him of the traumatic incident. This can instill a feeling of isolation and detachment from friends and family as well as a loss of interest in pleasurable activities.
  • Increased arousal: These consist of excessive emotional reactions, including showing or feeling affection, problems getting along with others, difficulty in sleep, anger outbursts, poor concentration, irritability and being easily frightened. Physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, high blood pressure, muscle tension, nausea, rapid breathing and diarrhea may also be seen.

Treatment

Chiropractic care can help relieve chronic pain and distress, as well the associated psychological symptoms, caused as a result of a traumatic experience. Chiropractors use a non-invasive mode of treatment to relieve the pain by way of spinal manipulations and alignment. Chiropractic care can help enhance the healing process of your body and release stress. Also, if there has been any physical injury due to the incident, this treatment method can help to restore normal spine function and curvature.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, provide efficient treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. To know more, call us at (254) 698-1600. You can also visit our clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102 Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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